San Diegans Will Pay Billions In New Taxes For 'Grand Central Station'

The new conceptual Central Mobility hub, known as "San Diego Grand Central Station," is moving forward in its development as local leaders push for several expensive technical reviews.

These reviews could lead to taxpayers being asked to spend over a billion dollars for the Central Mobility Hub, reports the San Diego-Union Tribune.

On Wednesday, April 21, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) released a notice of preparation (NOP) for an environmental review at either the Navy's Old Town Campus site or a site near the edge of the airport.

SANDAG has been exploring both locations for the potential location of the Central Mobility Hub as well as a Trolley connection alternative.

"(The NOP) is the start of no point of return,” said SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata. “We’re serious about this. ... We’re not just making political statements.”

According to SANDAG's website, "The Central Mobility Hub is envisioned to be a multimodal transportation center that would improve mobility throughout the San Diego region and create new transportation connections."

Acting as the region's primary transportation center, it would connect Amtrak, COASTER, Trolley, Rapid, and local bus services.

The project also aims to provide a direct transit connection to the San Diego International Airport.

SANDAG is hosting an online public scoping meeting to share information with the public on Tuesday, May 11 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Photos: San Diego Association of Governments