Light Rail Transit Project
August 8, 2012 3:29:26 PM PDT
The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend light rail transit (LRT) service from the Old Town Transit Center to the UCSD campus and surrounding University City area.
In an important milestone for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, on Sept. 2, 2011, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the first phase of funding. The project to extend the San Diego Trolley system’s Blue Line from Old Town through the UC San Diego campus to University Town Centre will be included in the FTA’s fiscal-year 2013 funding recommendations to Congress. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2015, with full operation of the new trolley line to begin in 2018.
UC San Diego Route Alignment and Station Alternatives
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) plan includes two stations on campus:
- West campus at Pepper Canyon
- East campus northeast of UC San Diego’s baseball field
The trolley route will follow the railroad right-of-way north from the Old Town Transit Center on the east side of Interstate 5. The trolley will cross Interstate 5 about one mile south of the UC San Diego campus near Nobel Drive. From there, the trolley will continue northeast through West Campus, cross Interstate 5 a second time and pass through the East Campus before terminating at the Westfield UTC Transit Center. See map (PDF).
Campus Work Group
The campus Light Rail Transit Project Work Group evaluated the route alignment through UC San Diego and the two campus trolley station locations. In collaboration with SANDAG, the work group recommended an entirely aerial structure on the campus to minimize traffic impacts.
As the project progresses, the work group will continue to consider design solutions that minimize pedestrian and vehicle circulation impact and maximize safety and security. The work group will also strive to balance aesthetic considerations and integration of route and station designs into the campus’ architectural framework.
Quick project facts
Daily trolley boarding projections (in 2030):
- Pepper Canyon Station: 5,610 - 5,720
- UCSD East Campus Station: 1,910 - 2,050
- Total Mid-Coast line: 20,440 - 20,680
Projected 2030 travel times (includes time spent accessing the station, waiting, trolley travel time, and time spent transferring between transit services):
- Downtown (5th Avenue Trolley Station) to UCSD: 34 minutes
- Mission Valley (north of Westfield Mission Valley Shopping Mall) to UCSD: 31 minutes
- UCSD to South Bay (Palomar Trolley Station, Chula Vista): 59 minutes
Other LRT facts:
- LRT right-of-way: 35 feet (dual track)
- 55 mph maximum speed
- Capacity per train: 120 riders (64 seats)
- Frequency: 7.5 minutes (6 a.m. — 6 p.m.)
- Trolley stations: about 350 feet long, 80 feet wide
- Station features: canopies, benches, information kiosk, ticketing machines, lighting, etc.
If you have questions about the LRT coming to campus, contact Brad Werdick
, (858) 534-7303.