San Diego County Rail & Transit Projects

Effective alternatives to traffic congestion

Rail & Transit2023-08-24T12:50:13-07:00

Providing Enhanced Travel Options Via Transit

San Diego Rail & Transit Projects will provide an effective alternative to congested freeways and roadways, improve public transit services, and enhance travel options.

The Mid-Coast Trolley expansion is expected to open in late 2021. The project will extend Blue Line Trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the university community with nine new stations and serving major activity centers along the route such as Old Town, UC San Diego, and University Town Centre (UTC).

Beginning just north of the Old Town Transit Center, the Trolley route travels in the existing railroad right-of-way and alongside Interstate 5 to Gilman Drive. It crosses to the west side of I-5 just south of Nobel Drive and continues on to the UC San Diego campus, crosses back to the east side of I-5 near Voigt Drive to serve the UC San Diego east campus and Scripps Memorial Hospital, transitions into the median of Genesee Avenue, and continues down Genesee Avenue to the UTC Transit Center. 

In addition to providing mobility within the region, the expansion will connect corridor residents with other Trolley lines serving Mission Valley, East County, and South County. 

Improvements and modernization to the Old Town Transit Center (OTTC) support the upcoming Mid-Coast extension and the reconfigurations of existing bus bays will support bigger and articulated buses.

A plan to build a transit hub to connect San Diego International Airport with other public transit infrastructure moved forward with an agreement between the Navy and San Diego’s regional planning agency, SANDAG.

The agreement was a great milestone in the development of a transit hub on the 70-acre site of the NAVWAR Old Town Complex, but much planning is still necessary. Both parties believe the land can support new Navy facilities as well as a “San Diego Grand Central Station” hub that would be a terminus for rail and bus lines and provide a transit connection to the airport. 

Currently 99% of trips made to the San Diego International Airport are by car. This ambitious project aims to provide other alternatives.

“The fact that both the Navy, SANDAG and the region are working so closely together is incredibly important,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s for all of the right reasons. For us, to have this transportation hub …. and to keep NAVWAR headquartered in San Diego is incredibly important.”

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