Green Line To Start Downtown Runs

LA MESA -- It is about to get easier to get to downtown San Diego.

On Thursday, transportation administrators and local leaders will gather to celebrate the extension of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Green Line -- one of two lines serving La Mesa -- through Old Town and into downtown San Diego.

Starting Sept. 2, trolley riders heading west toward Mission Valley will be able to catch a Green Line train at La Mesa's Amaya, Grossmont, or 70th Street stops and ride through to downtown San Diego without having to stop, wait and switch trains in Old Town. (Click Here for full schedule changes.)

The Green Line extension is part of the $720 million Trolley Renewal project funded partially by TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by the San Diego Association of Governments.  Construction to refurbish the 31-year-old trolley system began in fall 2010 and is expected to be complete in 2015. Improvements include 65 new low-floor vehicles, remodeled stations, new shelters, tracks, switches, and signaling and overhead wires. Upgrading of the Orange Line stations, which serve La Mesa at Spring Street, La Mesa Boulevard, Grossmont Center and Amaya Drive are also underway.

Thursday's celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Gaslamp Trolley Station 105 Sixth Avenue. MTS Chair Harry Mathis will be joined by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks, MTS Vice Chair and Counter Supervisor Ron Roberts and Leslie Rogers, regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Comment by chris shea on September 7, 2012 at 9:31am
Yes it never hurts to count your blessings or put yourself
in someone else's shoes. Whenever possible
be a little tender hearted towards people who share
the planet. Or MTS Many people would be
lost without the busses or the trolley,which meant freedom to move
about the County to my father and mother.
For that reason, the sound of the trolley in the distance
is and always will be music to my ears.
Comment by Susan Powell on September 2, 2012 at 11:33pm

I'm excited about this improvement of the Green Line.  It is a pretty ride along the San Diego River but it will be nice to skip the switch at Old Town and get straight down to the Santa Fe Station and all the things that are so easily walkable along the harbor.

 

BTW To Batman - I do have a job and a car but am glad for public transport especially the green line that goes places I like to go (and not have to deal with traffic or parking).

Comment by chris shea on September 2, 2012 at 6:16pm
Perhaps it was the "get a job and buy a car"
portion of your initial comment.
I'm sure seniors and those who have no other option
but public transportation have of necessity already ruled out
the "get a job and buy a car " option.
Comment by chris shea on August 30, 2012 at 11:53am

I think the new Trolley route is fantastic.  Good for so many reasons. I love riding the trolley. My parents did and do too!

"Batman,"

What happened to you in your life to make you so angry and bitter?  And small.  While this is certainly not a place to get into it, I just find your posts on the internet to be more and more angry, personal and frankly, sad.  I guess if it's attention you want, you got it.   You are mean. 

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