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‘gO’side’ Electric Shuttle Pilot Program Launches in Downtown Oceanside

The fully electric shuttles will provide riders with a free, fun, safe, efficient way to travel around Downtown Oceanside during the 2022 summer season. Photo via city of Oceanside

An electric vehicle shuttle pilot program serving downtown Oceanside will officially begin operations on Monday, June 13.

The “gO’side” five-passenger electric shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Shuttles can be hailed via the “Ride Circuit” smartphone app and choosing “Oceanside” as the location, or by flagging down a shuttle in an area that is safe to stop for passenger boarding.

The service will be free initially; however, based on ridership, a nominal fare may be instated at a later date.

The city of Oceanside contracted with Circuit to run the pilot program, using American Rescue Plan Act funds. Visit Oceanside partnered with the city to brand the pilot program. The Oceanside service area covers from Oceanside Harbor south to Vista Way in the area west of Interstate 5.

“We are so excited to launch this pilot program, which will provide Oceanside residents, visitors and downtown workers a safe, efficient transportation option to get around our downtown this summer,” said Mayor Esther Sanchez. “Not only will gO’side help to mitigate parking and traffic congestion; it’s also really fun to ride!”

The pilot program is scheduled to run through November 2022. More information is available at www.ridegoside.com.

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