Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project

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Environmental Review of Impacts to San Diego Fairy Shrimp

SANDAG has prepared a supplemental environmental document for the Mid-Coast Trolley project that evaluates a previously unidentified impact to San Diego fairy shrimp, a federally listed endangered species. Called the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplement to the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, this document discloses project impacts to San Diego fairy shrimp that were detected adjacent to the existing railroad tracks during surveys in 2014. The supplement also identifies proposed mitigation.

The supplement is available for a 45-day public review and
comment period from July 18 to September 2, 2014. During the review period, comments are limited to the analysis of impacts to the fairy shrimp and may be submitted in writing via U.S. mail, email or fax, or by voicemail. 

U.S. mail:
Ms. Leslie Blanda
Mid-Coast Project Development Program Manager
San Diego Association of Governments
401 B Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101

Email: midcoast@sandag.org
Fax: (619) 699-1905
Voicemail: (619) 595-5620

Public Workshops on Station Design

In July and August, SANDAG will host a series of public workshops in cooperation with local planning groups to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the stations and the design options being considered. Please join us at one of the following workshops to view our preliminary designs and share your thoughts:

July 8, 2014
3-5:30 p.m.
University City Community Workshop
Westfield UTC Forum Hall
4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Presentation | Station Design Elements
Boards on Executive Drive, Terminus, and Nobel Drive Stations
Boards on VA Medical Center, Pepper Canyon, & Voigt Drive Stations

July 15, 2014
5-7 p.m.
Clairemont Community Workshop
Cadman Elementary School Auditorium
4370 Kamloop Ave
San Diego, CA 92117
Presentation | Station Design Elements
Boards on Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, & Balboa Avenue Stations

July 28, 2014
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Linda Vista Community Workshop
Linda Vista Branch Library, Community Room
2160 Ulric Street
San Diego, CA  92110

Focusing on southern stations:  Balboa Avenue, Clairemont Drive, Tecolote Road

August 27, 2014
Pacific Beach Community Workshop
5-6:30 p.m.
Pacific Beach Branch Library, Community Room
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109

Focusing on southern stations:  Balboa Avenue, Clairemont Drive, Tecolote Road

Introduction

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project 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, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Westfield UTC. The proposed project will be funded in partnership by SANDAG (utilizing the TransNet half-cent sales tax) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts program.

The Trolley extension route – known as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) - 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 UCSD campus. It then crosses back to the east side of I-5 near Voigt Drive to serve the UCSD east campus medical centers on the east side of I-5, transitions into the median of Genesee Avenue, and continues down Genesee Avenue to the Westfield UTC transit center. (view map

Nine stations are proposed as part of the project at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, VA Medical CenterPepper Canyon serving UCSD west campus, Voigt Drive serving UCSD east campus, Executive Drive, and the Terminus Station at the Westfield UTC transit center.

View station simulations for Voigt Drive, Pepper Canyon, and the VA Medical Center.

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 Corridor Transit Project 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. 

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