While not specifically a transportation tip for getting around, this is about repairs from a great shop. Being new to the San Diego area I've been searching for a good Mercedes Mechanic as there is not a dealership reasonable close to where I now live.
The San Diego MB Club Chapter recommended Dieter's location so I gave it a try. I can't say how pleased I was with the results. All of the people I met at the location were friendly and professional. No third party "service advisors" to deal with, just the owner, his assistant and (from my count) three mechanics that went right to work and were finished on time.
There are six bus routes that service La Mesa.
Bus Route 1
Bus Route 7 (From downtown S.D.)
Bus Route 14
Bus Route 851
Bus Route 854 (Sort of around La Mesa)
Bus Route 855.
Each route will cover different sections of La Mesa but they are limited so plot out your trip with the Trip Planner before getting on the bus, just to make sure which bus to take. The trip from downtown S.D. to La Mesa take just under one hour.
The Grossmont Transit Center is just one stop from the La Mesa Trolley stop and it is located near the Grossmont Shopping Center. A center full of shops, restaurants, one of my favorites, and department stores, both budget type and not so budget type.
At first sight I thought this would not be such a good option to suggest a tourist come out this way to shop or to eat at Casa De Pico, the most popular Mexican Restaurant originally located at Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo.
However, after a bit of exploring I realized that this would indeed be a viable option. The Trolley station here, is a level below the Grossmont Shopping Center but it is easy to reach. There is a smallish tower located in the center of the station and in this tower are both stairs and an elevator that will take you up to the higher street level, just a half block from the Grossmont Center.
Downtown San Diego to Grossmont Transit Center, "Orange Line."
Old Town San Diego to Grossmont Transit Center, "Green Line."
Check the weblink I offer here to see the route and timetable of both lines.
La Mesa is a town that is not really compact, so having the use of a car is probably the most convenient mode of transportation for most people who are planning to stay here.
However, a tourist would do well to use the SD Trolley to get here from San Diego if coming over for a day trip. There are several stops in La Mesa and especially two are perfect for seeing the areas that might most intrest a visitor. The Village (Spring Street station) and Grossmont Center (Grossmont Center Station.)
To arrive at Spring Street, you'll take the Orange Line to Spring Street. If the Tolley doesn't stop at this station, get off at La Mesa Boulevard station and you'll be about a block from Spring Street. A few stops beyond will be the Grossmont Center station.
It will take about 35 minutes to get to La Mesa from downtown San Diego by SD Trolley.
Historic Route US 80 was commissioned in 1926 and it originally began from San Diego California to Tybee Island, Georgia. It was decommissioned in California in 1964 when Interstate 80 was officially commissioned that begins up in San Francisco and ends in New York. Most of the old US 80 still exists, but the signs were removed, so not sure how these sections have been relabeled. Yet, there is a group of people who are going to keep it in the history book of travel.
La Mesa has two San Diego trolley stations. Please be careful and do not get near the track. Watch your little ones please.
70th Street Trolley Station
7255 Alvarado Road La Mesa, California
Amaya Trolley Station
9100 Amaya Dr.
(Amaya Drive & Severin Drive) La Mesa, California
Orange Line Green Line