The Main Street shuttle takes residents to the Pavilion’s shopping center and Old Town from 8 a.m-3 p.m. on Thursdays, and is sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation and the City of Seal Beach. On Wednesdays the Golden Rain Foundation funds a shuttle to Trader Joe’s in the Long Beach Marketplace and to Denny’s. The shuttle is on a 90-day trial period and has become popular. The Trader Joe’s/Denny’s shuttle will also take passengers to the AMC theaters in the Marketplace by request for those who would like to see a matinee. The GRF Access Bus is used for the Trader Joe’s/Denny’s shuttle, which departs from the Main Gate at the OCTA bus stop. Only GRF members and registered caregivers may ride the GRF shuttle. The Wednesday shuttle makes runs to the popular grocery store in the Long Beach Marketplace every 30 minutes, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The last run from LW to the shopping center is at 1:30 p.m. The shuttle returns to Leisure World from the shopping center at 10 and 40 minutes after the hour, between 9:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. All times are approximate. It is recommended that shoppers bring an insulated bag for refrigerated and frozen purchases. The wait could be 30-60 minutes if there is a large number of people waiting to return at the same time. Wheelchairs are given priority boarding on the shuttle, and reduce the number of seats available for passengers. The Marketplace is located at Westminster Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. The Seal Beach Pier shuttle departs from the OCTA bus stop at the Leisure World Main Gate on the hour between 8-10 a.m. and noon-3 p.m., taking passengers to the Pavilion’s shopping center and then to the Seal Beach Pier and Main Street. Return trips to LW from the pier and Pavilions are on the half hour between 8:30 -10:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. The routes vary slightly between drivers, but include a stop on the north side of Pavilions before and after the pier stop. Requested stops along the route are accommodated when safe. Safety is a priority for determining the route and drop-off locations. The Senior Shopper shuttle driver Joseph Roundy says that most of his passengers go to the pier. “Only a handful goes to the grocery store.” The first and last stops on the route are on the north side of Pavilions. Benches are provided for waiting. Shoppers can arrange to be picked up in front of the store at the outdoor tables by making a request to the driver when getting off the bus. The request will be honored if it is safe to stop. The shuttle drops off and picks up on the beach side of Ocean Avenue in front of the police substation. The senior shuttle buses transport up to 16 passengers, or 12 passengers and two wheelchairs, per trip. If residents would like to stay longer in Old Town they can catch the OCTA Bus 42 back to Leisure World’s Main Gate at Electric Avenue and Main Street. The one-way OCTA senior fare is 75 cents; all-day pass, $1.50. Because parking is limited, it is recommended that residents take a blue and white Minibus to the Main Gate to pick up the shuttle. All the Minibus routes include stops at the Main Gate, Health Care Center, all clubhouses and the shopping center just outside LW. Shopping shuttles to the Rossmoor shopping centers depart from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays, from covered bus shelters along the LW loop. The time table in the 2015 LW Minibus book has been changed and is no longer accurate, but the bus stop locations remain the same. The shuttle enters at St. Andrews Gate on the hour and loops counter-clockwise around LW on St. Andrews Drive, Interlachen Road, Del Monte Drive, Northwood Road, El Dorado Road and Golden Rain Road exiting at the Main Gate. For the past several years the Golden Age Foundation has made an annual donation of about $25,000 to fund the Thursday shopping shuttles. Shuttle service to the Senior Center for lunch is included in the Rossmoor shopping centers routes. Those who need door-to-door service to anywhere within Seal Beach, including the Senior Center for the nutrition program, should call Dial-A-Ride, 493-9581, and arrange for a ride, up to three days in advance. The service operates Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. LW residents cannot use this service to go to other destinations within LW. Dial-A-Ride also takes passengers with a reservation to medical appointments within a three-mile radius of the city limits. The Minibus within LW is available to residents and their guests.