Construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley Project Reaches Halfway Point

Updated: May 16, 2019


On Friday, March 29, SANDAG leadership and elected officials thanked the Mid-Coast Trolley construction crews for making the Mid-Coast Trolley project possible. They showed their appreciation by serving the crews breakfast burritos and coffee at the construction staging yards that host the workers’ morning briefings.

At its construction halfway point, the Mid-Coast Trolley project remains on schedule and on budget. Once complete, the $2.1 billion project will have required four million cubic feet of concrete, 27 million pounds of rebar, and 83 miles of railroad ties.


The Mid-Coast Trolley will extend Trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, UC San Diego, and Westfield UTC. Mid-Coast Trolley construction began in fall 2016 and service is anticipated to begin in late 2021. 


Project Overview

Freeways and arterials in the Mid-Coast Corridor are generally congested and traffic congestion is projected to increase as the region grows. Population in the entire corridor is forecasted to increase 19 percent and employment is forecasted to increase 12 percent by the year 2030. The Mid-Coast Trolley extension will expand transportation capacity in the corridor to accommodate existing and future travel demand, particularly for peak period commute trips. The Mid-Coast Trolley will provide an effective alternative to congested freeways and roadways for travelers and will reduce vehicle miles traveled. 


The Mid-Coast Trolley extension route begins just north of the Old Town Transit Center and travels in existing railroad right-of-way and alongside I-5 to Gilman Drive. It crosses to the west side of I-5 just south of Nobel Drive and continues on to serve the heart of the UC San Diego campus. It then crosses back to the east side of I-5 near Voigt Drive to serve the UC San Diego east campus and Scripps Memorial Hospital, transitions into the median of Genesee Avenue, and continues down Genesee Avenue to the Westfield UTC Transit Center. 


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