“SD Trolley Green Line” by Thomas Baer
The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project received its final environmental clearance from SANDAG last November and is expected to begin service in 2018! The extended light rail service will connect the Santa Fe Depot (downtown San Diego) to the University City community, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC.
The University City area is considered to be a 2nd downtown, with its high density residential areas and major employment hub. Although this area is flourishing, it currently lacks the support of regional transit. The Mid-Coast Trolley Extension will provide efficient transit connections to University City, UCSD, as well as frequent and reliable, Trolley service throughout the corridor. Effective transit that is competitive with the automobile will attract riders to transit, improve regional mobility, and help maintain and enhance San Diego’s quality of life.
The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will provide new transportation options to San Diego county residents. The expanded trolley lines will accommodate existing and future travel demands (especially during peak traffic times) and will provide a much needed alternative to the county’s overcrowded freeways.
Nine new trolley stations will be constructed as a part of the project. The new stations will be located at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, the VA Medical Center, Pepper Canyon (serving UCSD west campus), Voigt Drive (serving UCSD east campus), Executive Drive and the Terminus Station at the Westfield UTC transit center.
Final engineering and FTA approval are the next steps for this important transit project. It is anticipated that the full funding grant agreement (FFGA) will provide 50 percent of the funding needed. The expected cost is approximately $2 billion (with half coming from FFGA and the other half coming from the region’s half-cent sales tax for transportation.)
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San Diego county looks forward to the improved travel options to employment, education, medical, and retail centers for corridor residents, commuters, and visitors. Keep Moving San Diego!