Joseph Thompson, 6, stared out the window Tuesday as the trolley traveled down Laguna Canyon Road from the Act V lot to downtown.
He was ready for a day at Main Beach — with three friends, beach towels and toys in tow.
"How did Laguna Beach get its name?" he wondered out loud. "Maybe because it has a lot of lagoons."
Joseph was just one of the 178,000 riders the trolley has had in its first three weeks of this season.
If projections are correct, ridership will have increased 70% in the last five years, said Mayor Toni Iseman.
Joseph, a Fontana resident who said he enjoyed every minute of the ride, isn't the only trolley supporter.
Fun and convenience
Adrienne Santiago hopped on the trolley for the first time Tuesday, while her kids were doing the Junior Lifeguard program at Diver's Cove.
She recently moved to Aliso Viejo from Chicago. The morning ride through town made her feel like a local, she said.