Public weighs in on trolley expansion

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Association of Governments listened to the public Tuesday as they weighed in on the new trolley expansion project.

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.

sandag“It will go through UCSD and terminate at University Town Center, Westfield Shopping Center,” SANDAG Director of mobility Jim Linthicum said.

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.

4 comments

  • Brentosimine

    I took the bus from old town to UCSD for a couple quarters. I wasted minimum 2 hours a day (Since the 150 stopped after like 4:30, any later classes I had resulted in me taking the 30 for an hour and a half to get back to old town. couple that with the fact the 150 bus passes once an hour).

    I think a big problem, at least with Old Town Trolley Station, would be the fact there's so little parking there. I live far away enough that I need to drive to the station (again buses take forever to reach old town from where I live) and then I have to find a parking space. After 7AM, good luck finding any spaces open there. There's more infrastructure you need to expand to actually get more people on the trolley.

    • sdurban

      The 150 runs until 6:30 PM or so and comes every 7 minutes during peak periods. The Old Town parking lot does fill up, but I just park on Pacific Highway and walk a few minutes. No big deal.

      Taking the 150 instead of driving increases my commute time by about 20 minutes each way. With a bus-only lane it would be less (which the trolley will have). During the bus ride I can read, rather than stare at the brake lights in front of me while driving.

      The last few times I've taken the 150 it's been full. Clearly this is a heavily traveled route between a major university and downtown. More options for commuters, instead of sitting in traffic, will be beneficial to San Diego's economy.

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