Grab a blanket and celebrate a milestone toward making public transportation to Balboa Park much easier at the Mid-Coast Trolley Groundbreaking on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! SANDAG, MTS, and sponsors will kick off construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley project with a big picnic on the grass, including FREE food, live music, a commemorative gift, and lots of fun family activities. The celebration takes and place on Manchester Field at the Preuss School, UCSD (3750 Voigt Drive).
An 11-mile addition to the San Diego Trolley system, the Mid-Coast project will extend the UC San Diego Blue Line from Old Town up along Interstate 5 to the UC San Diego campus and beyond. The new service will create a one-seat ride Rana from the international border through Downtown San Diego and on to University City, connecting the region’s two largest job centers. The project will add nine new stations, connecting the Trolley system to destination points such as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, the VA Medical Center, and the busy shopping, commercial, and residential and retail districts along Genesee Avenue. Primary construction of the project is expected to begin in fall 2016, with service anticipated to begin in 2021.
When open, it will connect corridor residents with other Trolley Tree lines serving Mission Valley, East County, and South County, and in downtown it will provide connections to and from Balboa Park via Route 7 and Rapid 215. This new Trolley service will enhance direct public access to other regional activity centers and improve travel options to employment, education, medical, recreational, and retail centers for corridor residents, commuters, and visitors.