Long Beach water taxis — historically a spring- and summertime enjoyment — will soon operate year-round.
Long Beach Transit began its expanded water taxi schedule Friday, March 8. Riders can now catch the taxis — previously available only from April to September — Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. Daily service will pick up after that and last until Labor Day.
There will also be special service over Grand Prix weekend, which is set for April 12 to 14, Long Beach Transit officials said.
“Our customers asked for more service and we listened,” agency President and CEO Kenneth McDonald said in a statement. “LBT continues to connect communities with our buses and boats.”
The AquaBus, which costs $1 each way and carries 35 customers, starts its day at 11 a.m., departing from the Queen Mary and making stops at the Hotel Maya, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue and Shoreline Village. The taxi departs the Queen Mary about once an hour, and its final daily departure leaves from Shoreline Village at 6:05 p.m.
The AquaLink, which costs $5 each way and carries up to 75 customers, first leaves Alamitos Bay at 11 a.m. daily, with between an hour-and-a-half to two hours between each departure. It stops at the aquarium and the Queen Mary, with the final daily departure leaving Alamitos Bay at 10:30 p.m.
For more information or to see the schedule, visit ridelbt.com/aqualink.