Old Town Transit Center reopens after bomb scare

SAN DIEGO -- A bomb scare shut down the busy trolley station in Old Town for several hours Thursday just as the Holiday Bowl was ending in Mission Valley.

The incident caused delays for riders of the Green Line and 47,000 people leaving the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium headed toward downtown.

In a tweet, San Diego police said it was assisting MTS at the station after a K9 "alerted on a trashcan."

A bus bridge was operated between the Green Line's Morena/Linda Vista and Washington Street stations, according to a tweet from MTS.

Taylor and Congress streets were also closed, as well as trolley and bus lines that run through the station, police said.

Police said the Old Town trolley station parking lot was evacuated as a precaution and no one was allowed into the parking lot to get their vehicle until the area was cleared.

The transit center had the all clear and was back open around 11:45 p.m., San Diego police tweeted.

Passengers parked at Old Town Park and Ride who left their vehicles overnight were not ticketed or towed, according to a tweet from MTS.