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Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend the trolley system from Old Town to University City.

Additional information, including an aerial fly-over video of proposed routes, can be found on SANDAG's project website.

You can also sign-up to receive the Mid-Coast E-newsletter from SANDAG.

Update (1/27/10)

SANDAG is currently preparing an environmental study (called a Draft SEIS/SEIR) for the project. The Draft SEIS/SEIR is anticipated to be released for public review and comment in summer 2011.

After the public comment period, SANDAG will respond to public comments and prepare a Final SEIS/SEIR for approval by the SANDAG Board of Directors. The Federal Transportation Authority will also have to approved the final environmental document.

Update (7/12/10)

Agenda highlights include recommendation of the Locally Preferred Alternative(s) to carry forward into environmental study, and recommendation of a final Public Involvement Plan.

  • The next meeting of the SANDAG Transportation Committee will be on Friday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. The committee will be recommending the adoption of a Locally Preferred Alternative, the Alternatives for evaluation in the upcoming environmental study, and the final Public Involvement Plan. The agenda is available here:

    SANDAG Transportation Committee - July 16th Agenda (See Agenda Item #11)

Both meetings will take place at the following location:

SANDAG Board Room, 7th Floor
401 B Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101-4231

Update (6/29/10):

At the July 2, 2010 SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting, Item #7 will be a presentation of comments received during the Mid-coast Corridor Transit Project Scoping Period.

When: July 2, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: SANDAG Board Room
401 B Street, 7th Floor
San Diego, 92101

At the July 14, 2010 meeting of the Mid-Coast Corridor Project Working Group (details to be posted at this link: http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?committeeid=99&fuseaction=committees.detail), there will be a presentation on the Final Comparative Evaluation of Alternatives. This report will later be presented to SANDAG Transportation Committee and the SANDAG Board of Directors.

Update (6/1/10):

Councilmember Lightner's scoping letter to SANDAG on the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project purpose & need, route alternatives, and issues to be studied in the environmental document, is available below.

Councilmember Lightner supports making the route known as LRT 1 the preferred alternative for environmental study, and deleting route LRT 3 from further consideration.

Update (5/3/10):

SANDAG is accepting comments from the public on route alternatives, the project purpose and need, and issues to be studied in the project's environmental document. The comment period begins May 3, 2010 and comments must be received by June 1, 2010.

SANDAG will hold five "open house" meetings during the coming month for the public to learn more about the project and submit comments. Comments received will be taken into account as SANDAG decides which route alternative(s) to carry forward into environmental review.

Two meetings will be held in University City:

Tuesday, May 11, 3 to 6 p.m.
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Price Center East Ballroom
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

Wednesday, May 12, 4 to 7 p.m.
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center - Garfield Theatre
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA, 92037

Three other meetings will be held in the region:

Wednesday, May 5, 4 to 7 p.m.
SANDAG - Board Room (7th Floor)
401 B Street, San Diego, CA, 92101

Thursday, May 20, 4 to 7 p.m.
Clairemont High School - Cafeteria
4150 Ute Drive, San Diego, CA, 92117

Tuesday, May 25, 4 to 7 p.m.
Caltrans District 11 Office - Gallegos Conference Room
4050 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA 92110

If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you may also submit your comments on or before June 1, 2010 to:

Mail: Mid-Coast Comments, SANDAG, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101
Email: midcoast@sandag.org
Fax: (619) 699-1950

Update (4/14/10):

SANDAG has released a Draft Alternatives Report, available here, which details several possible route alternatives. SANDAG is now in the process of determining which routes to carry forward for further public review and comment – a process known as "scoping."

View a map of the three alignments (PDF) known as "LRT1," "LRT3," and "LRT6" that SANDAG is still recommending at this time.

The Mid-Coast Corridor Project Working Group voted on April 7, 2010 to recommend carrying forward to scoping the alternatives known as LRT1.

The University Community Planning Group voted on April 13, 2010 to recommend carrying forward to scoping LRT1, and to delete from scoping the alternatives known as LRT3 and LRT6.

Update (3/12/10):

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project – Draft Comparative Evaluation of Alternatives Report and Project Scoping has been released and is available on the SANDAG website as a part of the SANDAG Transportation Committee agenda. Download the agenda, including the report, here (PDF: 7Mb). The report starts on page 46.

These items will be referenced at the March 17 Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Working Group meeting. Printed copies and CDs of the complete alternatives report will be available at the March 17 meeting.

Update (5/27/09):

The application to serve on the Project Working Group for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project is now available on the SANDAG website. You can find it here:

The deadline to apply for the working group is 4 p.m. on June 22, 2009. If you have questions regarding the application you can call Anne Steinberger, SANDAG Marketing Program Manager at (619) 699-1937 or ast@sandag.org.

Additional Information about the Mid-Coast Corridor Transportation Project

Copies of the Mid-Coast Transit Project Draft Public Involvement Plan and Working Group and the Federal Transit Administration New Starts Program Overview and Status Update are available as PDFs below.

Draft Public Involvement Plan and Working Group (PDF: 13Mb)

Federal Transit Administration New Starts Program Overview and Status Update (PDF)