San Diego Business Journal

Public Comment Sought on $1.7B Trolley Extension

Friday, May 24, 2013

The San Diego Association of Governments has scheduled June public meetings to discuss the planned $1.7 billion extension of the San Diego trolley system to the University City community.

Officials will take comments from residents and business operators regarding the draft environmental report on the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project. The trolley extension is expected to serve destinations including Old Town, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC mall, according to a SANDAG statement.

Meetings are planned for June 4 at Cadman Elementary School in San Diego; June 10 at UC San Diego’s Price Center East; June 12 at La Jolla Country Day School; June 18 at the Caltrans District 11 office in San Diego; and June 21 at the SANDAG boardroom in San Diego. More information is at sandag.org/midcoast.

The trolley extension project is being overseen by SANDAG, the Federal Transit Administration and Metropolitan Transit System, with construction expected to begin in 2015. It would be the first extension since completion of the Green Line to San Diego State University in 2005.

The current plan calls for eight new trolley stations, including a terminus station at Westfield UTC Transit Center. A potential ninth station at the VA Medical Center in San Diego is also being studied in the latest environmental review.

— SDBJ Staff Report