New transit center opens at Westfield UTC mall

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SAN DIEGO — An 80,000-square-foot transit center opened to the public Friday at the Westfield UTC mall in University City, with some of the earliest passengers receiving free donuts.

The Metropolitan Transit System is operating 11 bus lines from the facility, which serves one of San Diego’s busiest business areas. The North County Transit District also operates a bus at the site.

Ultimately, the extension of the trolley’s Blue Line will terminate at the facility, but that won’t be for another four years or so. The extension project has been underway for several months in the Morena District.

According to MTS, the transit center is off the street, with dedicated entry and exit lanes that avoid private vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Amenities include shaded passenger waiting areas, sign boards that display wait times, ticket vending machines, bicycle lockers and direct pedestrian access to the mall.

Routes served by the transit center are:

— 30, UTC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and downtown San Diego;

— 31, UTC, Miramar College;

— 41, UC San Diego, VA Medical Center, Fashion Valley;

— 50, UTC and downtown express;

— 60, UTC, Kearny Mesa, Euclid Ave Trolley Station;

— 105, UTC, Old Town;

— 150, UTC, VA Medical Center, downtown San Diego;

— 201/202, UTC, UCSD, UCSD Medical Center;

— 204, UTC, Executive Drive, Judicial Drive; and

— 921, UTC, UCSD, VA Medical Center, Miramar College.

The NCTD’s Route 101 also stops at the UTC center.

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