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Concerns Remain Over La Jolla Trolley Extension Project

Evening Edition

Aired 6/5/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Jim Linthicum, Director of Mobility Management and Project Implementation

Janay Kruger, Chairwoman, University City Planning Group

Joe Lacava, Vice Chairman, La Jolla Community Planning Association

Transcript

A series of public workshops underway in San Diego marks a significant step forward for a planned expansion of the county's trolley system.

The Mid-Coast Trolley Line would connect Downtown San Diego with La Jolla and University City along a route that closely follows Interstate 5.

This 11-mile extension of the existing trolley system has been talked about for more than 10 years. Now, it's entering the phase of public comment on the project's draft environmental reports.

Residents gathered Tuesday at Cadman Elementary School for an open house hosted by the San Diego Association of Governments. The informational meeting focused on the project's draft environmental impact report which was released last month.

SANDAG

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend Trolley service to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Westfield UTC.

SANDAG has a series of similar meetings planned for the weeks ahead.

Comments

Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | June 5, 2013 at 2:03 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

"This 11-mile extension of the existing trolley system has been talked about for more than 10 years."

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The Parthenon, Colosseum, and Pyramids of Giza were all built in less time.

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JeanMarc | June 5, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I bet La Jolla residents are worried that poor people can ride the trolley to their neighborhood.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 5, 2013 at 4:01 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm just so tired of our society taking eons to build the simplest things.

Hold public meetings, complete EIRs, consult with officials, but a decade to just THINK about a measly 11 miles of trolley tracks? With likely another two decades to construct it for god knows how many billions per mile?

Nothing displays the slow decline of our society better than this.

I blame greedy unions, NIMBY nuts, and our bloated bureaucracy.

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RegularChristian | June 5, 2013 at 9:05 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Sounds like a great plan. I wonder what the details are. Anything to relieve freeway congestion is a good use of taxes. BUT will it be convenient. Riding the bus is not convenient. That's the key to successful mass transit.

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twells | June 11, 2013 at 3:26 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

While I actually support the Trolley extension to La Jolla as a worthwhile project, it is the exception. It amazes me that planners and mass transit pundits push the 19th century technology of trains when the future will be in smart roads, robotic driven cars, land buses and managed lanes.

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