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The remainder of the 2020 San Clemente trolley service has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city announced in a press release on Wednesday, July 15.

An original start on Memorial Day weekend was initially postponed to August 1, and is now considered unlikely to occur.

“The City considered potential modifications to the trolley service,” the press release said. “However, the physical distancing standards and other necessary requirements for safe operation during the pandemic dramatically reduce rider capacity and make it infeasible to operate the trolleys at this time. The city looks forward to being able to provide trolley service next summer.”

Last year, the city launched the highly-anticipated newest trolley route—the Blue Line, which began operating in July 2019 and connected to the northbound line to Dana Point. The expanded, free service had stops about every 15 minutes and allowed for connectivity throughout San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.

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