The Regional Transit Authority is offering a North County Summer Beach Shuttle which runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through August 24. This route will link the communities of Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero with the Pacific Ocean communities of Morro Bay and Cayucos.
The beach transit service provides three round trips a day with the first bus leaving the Paso Robles Transit Center at 9:55 a.m. and the last Cayucos departure at 5:30 p.m.
The shuttle will travel from Paso Robles to new stops in Templeton and Atascadero and then along Highway 41 to the coast. It will make a brief stop at Main and San Jacinto streets in Morro Bay and continue to Cayucos.
The final destination is Cayucos Drive and Birch Street next to Cayucos Elementary School near downtown. Passengers can walk a few blocks to the Pier and enjoy sea life, shops, restaurants, the skate-park and many other activities.
RTA Executive Director Geoff Straw believes the North County service will benefit the coastal residents because they will also have access to Atascadero’s Galaxy Theatre, indoor skate park and historic downtown Paso Robles where plenty of wine, art and shopping is available. Please see slorta.org/summer for schedule information.
Adult passage will cost $3 each way or commuters can save a $1 by purchasing a Regional Day Pass for $5. There will be no service July 4.
Youth Ride Free
All San Luis Obispo County transit agencies are offering free adventures this summer for students who show school identification during the “Youth Ride Free Program”. The youth promotion, which is designed to highlight alternative transportation and sustainable living, runs through August 31.
The Regional Transit Authority and South County Area Transit launched the promotion last year and joined Regional Rideshare’s efforts that reached students through the 12th grade and documented more than 60,000 rides.
Free rides for youth will be valid on RTA, SLO Transit, South County Area Transit, Paso Express, Morro Bay and Atascadero Transit. Regular fares apply to the Morro Bay Trolley and Dial-A-Ride Services.
For groups of youth riders of 10 or more, please see bus guidelines at slorta.org. The program provides young county explorers with daily and safe passage to the beach, shopping, wildlife, biking, recreational areas, libraries, historical sites and many special events. Students can also take advantage of open seats destined for the Santa Maria Town Center Mall, Hearst Castle or just enjoy other special summer services including the new North County Summer Beach Shuttle, the Avila and Cambria trolleys and more.
RTA and South County Area Transit provide services seven days a week throughout the county, with hourly and more services Monday through Friday.
Please visit their website for information on trolley, weekend, express and other services.