The public commented on the $1.7 billion Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, the largest transit project to be built in San Diego to date.
The rail will extend the already existing green line by 11 miles, making it possible for commuters to go from the border to La Jolla. The plan will add eight to nine new trolley stations connecting two major universities, through Mission Valley and our two biggest hubs for jobs.
Around 100,000 people currently use the trolley daily. SANDAG estimated 20,000 more people will use the system after the extension is complete.
The project will bring about 20,000 jobs to the region during construction, SANDAG said.
Not everyone agrees with the project.
Deborah Knight with ‘Friends of Rose Canyon’ hopes SANDAG will acknowledge that the trolley will impact the natural preserve and mitigate other alternatives.
“When you’re in this part of the park, the trolley line will be right there,” said Knight. “It’s really important that they compensate for impact on the west end of the park by adding protections elsewhere in Rose Canyon open space park.”
Tuesday’s meeting was the first of five scheduled through June, giving the public an opportunity to voice concerns. The public comment phase will last for 60 days.
SANDAG expects to begin construction in 2014 and complete in 2018.