What the New Blue Line Trolley Means for San Diego

The opening later this month of the new Blue Line of San Diego’s trolley system is big news.

And it’s making even more news because it’s opening on November 21st comes at a time when there is a heated debate going on about mass transportation.

The San Diego Association of Governments proposed multi-billion-dollar plan for more mass transit has a lot of people arguing about what to do to about the best ways to help us get where we want to go.

The trolley’s new 11-mile long Blue Line from Old Town to University City will allow people to get to La Jolla, UC San Diego, Mission Bay Park, Pacific Beach and Clairemont, University Town Center and the VA Medical Center.

And it means that with the Blue Line connected to the other color-coded Trolley lines, if you live in the East County or South Bay and work at U-C San Diego or the busy Golden Triangle office center, there is an option not to drive on the clogged freeways to get there.

A trolley line is still needed that goes to San Diego International Airport, and many argue that that should have been the first line of the trolley back in 1981 when the trolley system first started.

But now four decades after it all began, the San Diego Trolley takes a big step with the new Blue Line linking the most populated areas of the city and along with the Coaster in the North County, will help more people get more places as the debate goes on about mass transit in the decades ahead.

(Photo reporting partner 10News)

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