Public Review Set to Begin for San Diego Trolley Extention Project

A project to extend the San Diego Trolley to the University City community is taking another step forward.

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is scheduled on Friday to kick off the public review and comment period and a draft environmental report for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project.

The $1.7 billion, 11-mile project will extend trolley service from Old Town, up along Interstate 5 to the UTC area and UCSD.

Eight new stations are proposed along the route, including Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, Pepper Canyon (UCSD west campus), Voigt Drive (UCSD east campus), Executive Drive, and the terminus station at Westfield UTC Transit Center.

A potential ninth station at the VA Medical Center also is being studied.The new route will connect trolley lines in Mission Valley, East County, and South County, and will offer a ride from the international border all the way to University City.

SANDAG says the project is needed because the population along the corridor is predicted to increase 19 percent by 2030.”

The project will provide an effective alternative to congested freeways and roadways for travelers and will reduce vehicle miles traveled,” stated SANDAG officials in a news release.

The proposed project is being funded in partnership by SANDAG (utilizing the TransNet half-cent sales tax) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts Program.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015, with service starting in 2018.SANDAG is hosting four public meetings and one public hearing during June 2013 in locations throughout the Mid-Coast Corridor.

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Source : lajolla.patch

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