Trolley extension takes a step forward

Federal officials have given a nod to the project that will bring the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from the Old Town Transit Center north to UCSD and Westfield UTC.

Called the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, the 11-mile trolley extension will serve eight stations along the route. This 11-mile trolley extension will serve eight stations along the route.

With the Federal Transit Administration’s approval to move the project into preliminary Engineering, it is officially in the pipeline and eligible to receive federal New Starts funding, according to a press release.

SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said, “We are advancing environmental and design efforts to deliver this project as fast as possible.”

The project was approved by voters in 2008 as part of the reauthorization of TransNet, a local half-cent sales tax for transportation. TransNet will pay for half of the project’s cost, and the other half is proposed to be paid for with funds from the FTA’s New Starts program.

When complete the Blue Line will provide service with no transfers from the international border to the northern part of the city.

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