San Diego’s Light Rail System

San Diego’s light rail system, a collection of three different rail lines, is known by locals as The Trolley and by tourists as The Red Trolley. Many tourists and residents use the San Diego Trolley to visit different destinations and travel around San Diego.

The San Diego Trolley began service on July 26, 1981, there are now three light rail lines that service theĀ residents of the city of San Diego. There is also supplementary service including a downtown San Diego circulator known as the Silver Line that operates on weekends and holidays, and a Special Events Line that operates during sporting and other events.

If you discount cities with heavy rail systems like Chicago and New York, San Diego’s light rail system is actually the fifth-most ridden modern light rail system in the United States.

The San Diego Trolley is a great and popular way to get around the city of San Diego, and serves such landmarks as historic Old Town San Diego, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, Petco Park, and Qualcomm Stadium. Many San Diego Trolley stations offer free parking. Parking at the stations is available for 24 hours, but if you need a longer parking permit, it is available through the San Diego Trolley’s transit store.

Both tourists and residents of San Diego are fond of the San Diego Trolley and how it makes it easier to travel around the city of San Diego.

Plans for Future Service

The San Diego Trolley is only going to improve as time goes by. There are plans to both expand and enhance the service of the San Diego Trolley. Currently, the cars on the San Diego Trolley are in the process of gradually being replaced with newer cars, a project that is expected to be completed in 2015. In order to fit these new vehicles, some of the station platforms are actually in the process of being elevated.

There are also plans to extend the Blue Line to service the students and community in and around the University of California, San Diego.

In the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan released by the San Diego Association of Governments, a significant expansion of 156 new miles of San Diego Trolley Service is planned.


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