Mid-Coast Trolley

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The Mid-Coast Trolley will extend light rail service from the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, UC SanDiego, and Westfield UTC. SANDAG will pay for half the project with funds from the region's TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation. The agency is seeking the other half of the funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts Program. 

The Trolley extension route begins just north of the Old Town Transit Center and travels in existing railroad right-of-way and alongside I-5 to Gilman Drive. It crosses to the west side of I-5 just south of Nobel Drive and continues on to serve the heart of the UCSD campus. It then crosses back to the east side of I-5 near Voigt Drive to serve the UCSD east campus medical centers, transitions into the median of Genesee Avenue, and continues down Genesee Avenue to the Westfield UTC transit center. (View map.) 

Nine new stations will be constructed at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, VA Medical Center, Pepper Canyon (serving UCSD west campus), Voigt Drive (serving UCSD east campus), Executive Drive, and the Terminus Station at the Westfield UTC transit center.

SANDAG has worked with the community to refine and develop designs for each station. View presentations made to corridor planning groups highlighting the design features of stations in the University Community, Pacific Beach, Clairemont, and Linda Vista.

You also can view simulations of each station: Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, VA Medical CenterPepper Canyon, Voigt Drive, Executive Drive, and Westfield UTC Transit Center.

View a "flyover" of the Mid-Coast Trolley route.

The project will connect corridor residents with other Trolley lines serving Mission Valley, East County, and South County. As an extension of the existing Blue Line, it will offer a one-seat (no transfer) ride from the international border and communities south of Downtown San Diego all the way to University City. This new service will enhance direct public access to other regional activity centers and improve travel options to employment, education, medical, and retail centers for corridor residents, commuters, and visitors.

Freeways and arterials in the Mid-Coast Corridor are generally congested and traffic congestion is projected to increase as the region grows. Population in the entire corridor is forecasted to increase 19 percent and employment is forecasted to increase 12 percent by the year 2030. The Mid-Coast Trolley extension will expand transportation capacity in the corridor to accommodate existing and future travel demand, particularly for peak period commute trips. The project will provide an effective alternative to congested freeways and roadways for travelers and will reduce vehicle miles traveled.