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New Trolley Extension Downtown Meant To Save Passengers Time

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Students, tourists, sports fans and people who live and work downtown could benefit from an extension of trolley service next month. About 90 million people a year use San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System to get around town.

Christian Baejkelund is a fan of public transit when it works.

"With gas prices going up, it's one way to save money," he said just before boarding the Green line trolley in Old Town.

MTS is in the middle of a major project to increase and upgrade its operating system. It includes new station platforms to accommodate wheelchairs and new electronic signs to alert passengers to when a trolley is coming.

But Rob Schupp with the transit agency says the biggest change starting September 2 will be for riders heading downtown.

"The Green line is going to be extended from Old Town, it's going to come through Santa Fe depot, and go along the bayside and end at 12th and Imperial Avenue downtown," Schupp said.

He said there will be no additional tracks, but the Green line extension will save passengers time, whether they're coming from East County, Old Town, the Gaslamp district or heading to Qualcomm stadium.

Schupp said the expansion is being paid for by state funds and a rebound in tax revenue.

"So when you get right down to it, about a tenth of a penny for every sales tax dollar you spend comes to MTS. So, you know the emphasis in San Diego hasn't been on public transportation, but I think we do a phenomenal job, we carry a lot of people and we go a lot of places," he said.

Armando Gonzales rides the trolley and recently moved to San Diego from Orange County.

"I think it's great cause I've never had a problem getting to work or anywhere I had to get to," Gonzales said.

MTS is also working on a plan to to extend service north to the UC San Diego campus by 2017. The expansion in September will also affect MTS bus service, with longer operating hours on the weekends and more frequent bus service on Sundays.

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Avatar for user 'reneemichalski'

reneemichalski | August 15, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

we coaster riders want to get off at the Del Mar Station, please. what a waist to have a train station that is close to the race track and we can not use it.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 15, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Lipstick on a pig.

San Diego is a public transport joke.

We have an airport that needs to be moved, but local politicians are sinking billions into it to pretty it up (but not give it more runway space).

Now we see the same lipstick on a pig approach to the trolley.

What we need are more comprehensive routes, they can build all the new platforms they want, but we need to fix the REAL issue and that's the insufficient route system.

Part of the problem is our local transport agency 'SANDAG' is run by people who favour cars and want SD to be the next LA.

Why not put a line from downtown to Hillcrest?

Downtown to Balboa Park?

Downtown to the airport?


Because SANDAG are socioeconomic bigots.

You heard me, they assume mass transit is something only for the poor, and that's why they have tailored out transit system to only service low economic areas.

It also plays into the draconian playbook that middle class white people don't use mass transit (of course going to a normal city will prove this wrong, but this is America's largest Cow Town).

So their plan: Build mass transit so it keeps the rich and poor separated.

I know some will think I am being a tinfoil loonie here, but if you look at how our system is set-up and how SANDAG has planned transportation here in general, it is clearly set-up to encourage segregation. It's plain as day to see - just look at their maps.

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pgmg | August 16, 2012 at 12:03 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Wish we could get a trolley spur from Old Town (or 12th/Imperial) to the airport, and resurrect the trolley down University and 30th. Sure would be used by a TON of people, me included.

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