The Mid-Coast Trolley has been identified as a high-priority project by SANDAG and is part of the TransNet Early Action Program.
In September 2016, the FTA signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement with SANDAG to provide the 50 percent federal funding match needed to begin construction in fall 2016. The other half of the funding will be provided by TransNet, the San Diego region’s voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. TransNet also will provide operating funds for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project through the year 2048.
The project cost will be approximately $2.1 billion, including financing costs.
Preliminary construction activities – consisting of the relocation of underground utilities out of the way of the project alignment – began in early 2016, and primary construction activities are scheduled to begin in October. Service is anticipated to begin in 2021.