SAN DIEGO — Opening day has lastly arrived for San Diego’s major trolley line extension, with riders stopping at 9 new stations on the UC San Diego Blue Line for the primary time early Sunday.
The brand new route makes the Blue Line a “one-seat” journey from the U.S.-Mexico border to La Jolla and College Metropolis, with stops in downtown and new stations dotting the busy Mid-Coast hall alongside Interstate 5.
You possibly can view a map of the extended Blue Line and check trolley schedules on the MTS web site.
The extension’s “maiden journey” occurred at 5:03 a.m. Sunday, with a number of dozen passengers making an attempt out the road, in line with the Metropolitan Transit System. The primary commuter rides will start round 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Constructed by SANDAG for trolleys operated by MTS, the 11-mile extension took over five years and cost more than $2 billion to finish. The brand new stations are situated at Tecolote Street, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, VA Medical Heart, UC San Diego Central Campus, UC San Diego Well being La Jolla, Govt Drive and the UTC transit heart.
Journeys on MTS trolleys will probably be free for all riders on any line all through the day Sunday to rejoice the event, with transportation officers encouraging folks to take a no-cost journey over to their grand opening event close to UC San Diego.
Sunday’s free journey provide doesn’t apply to MTS bus journeys. An updated list of service changes is obtainable on-line.
SANDAG and MTS’ grand opening celebration will function free meals, reside music, merchandise giveaways, actions for teenagers — together with face portray and a mountaineering wall — and addresses from public officers Sunday. It is going to run from 11 a.m. to three p.m. on the new UC San Diego Central Campus location. Attendees can journey to that station freed from cost after which observe indicators to the celebration.
The occasion isn’t ticketed, however MTS is asking people to RSVP online in order that they have an correct thought of anticipated turnout. Face masks are required on the trolley and really useful on the grand opening occasion, MTS stated. Residents have been requested to depart pets at house.
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