By Trolley, San Diego
At this architecturally attractive SD intersection by the Santa Fe Train Depot, people can easily meet and head off to different parts of town and county SD. The Amtrak train ends/begins its west coast journey via south right here, as does San Diego's Coaster rail cars. Also, this is the center point of the SD red trolley routes where one can catch the blue or orange trains and where several central buses cross.
While you wait for your preferred mode of trans, admire the towering steel-rich architecture of the main trolley stop shelter area.
See the main San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website where it is easy to plan trip routes for San Diego travel.
It is super convenient to travel San Diego via public transportation. Using the MTS ( Metropolitan Transit Service) is easy and painless. The best option for reaching the several sightseeing with ease is the Trolley light rail car. Specifically, the Green Line Trolley connect riders to the most popular for attractions, including Gaslamp Quarter, Convention Center (for events like Comic Con), Little Italy, Old Town, Fashion Valley mall, Qualcomm Stadium and SDSU. The rail stretches from downtown to the city of Santee.
The light rail system in San Diego, known as the Trolley, has three lines which originate at the main restored Santa Fe station downtown. The oldest one, the Blue Line, goes south through National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and San Ysidro to the border of Mexico. The Green Line, goes through Little Italy, Old Town, Fashion Valley, Mission Valley, San Diego State University, La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee. The Orange Line travels through Southeast San Diego, areas of little interest to the tourist, and converges along the same route as the Green Line in El Cajon and Santee.
The entire system is above ground or elevated except at San Diego State University (SDSU), my alma mater, which is a enormous and well designed station below the entrance to the university. The German made electric cars are powered by an overhead DC cable. The trolley is part of the San Diego Metro Transit System that also includes a wide variety of natural gas and hybrid diesel electric buses and articulated buses that convey commuters throughout the city.
All day fare currently costs $5- plus $2- charge for the plastic card which can be used for several years. Weekly fare is cheaper. One way fare is $2.50. Bicycles and dogs are commonplace. Even rush hour traffic is not particularly crowded by comparison to San Francisco or New York.
San Diego's Own Public Train System is Called the San Diego Trolley and it has stops up to the San Ysidro Area beside the San Ysidro Border Crossing to Mexico.,
Tips on how to use it:
San Diego Trolley is a light rail kind of train with 53 stations, and comprises 53.5 miles (86.1 km) of route, and three primary lines named the Blue Line, the Orange Line, and the Green Line and the seasonal Silver Line available on select days and weekends. It stretches from Old Town to Santee Town Center and San Ysidro and is open from 4:00 am to 11:00 pm everyday.
You can buy tickets at the different Stations via their Automated Ticketing System (see my pictures) that accepts cash and credit cards of which you can buy a single day pass for $ 5 (can be used with public buses too) or a single one way ride for a fixed rate of $ 2.50 whatever is the distance (unless you have a senior or disabled ID of which it only cost $ 1.25 a ride). You can change to different lines from several interchange stations (Santa Fe Depot, America Plaza, 12th & Imperial TC and El Cajon TC).
All Public Transportation in San Diego County and almost all buildings are "Accessible" for those with disabilities. All who may need assistance will receive it, not only by employees but also the average person on the street.
I can walk, but do have some limitations and ocassionally I use a wheelchair to get around. This year for my five days at Comic-Con, I needed to use my wheelchair or I wouldn't have been able to see and do as much.
The first photo shows the "old" system of boarding the train in a wheelchair, by the use of a lift. The Trolley system is being upgraded at the moment and soon all Trolley cars will have a drop-down ramp for wheelchair/motorized cart riders. Also, this ramp can be deployed by anyone who has trouble stepping up the stairs.
County wide, the buses also have a hydraulic- lowering mechanism to drop the floor of the bus to street level so the wheelchair can just roll in.
The really awesome factor is the eagerness people have to help any one with any type of disability. It's quite humbling.
To Be Continued...
San Diego has a decent infrastructure for travelers who don't have cars, especially if you are in the downtown area
The link to our system is:http://www.sdmts.com/
But the best way I have found is to use GoogleMaps and map and click on the "public transportation" tab. It will even tell you the lines to get on, the cost and how long it will take you.
If you plan on going this way put the lyft app on your phone. It is a cheap taxi type service that will help take up the slack.
One of the easiest ways to get to Tijana from San Diego is the Trolley (the route is called the Tijana Trolley). This trolley takes you right to the Mexican border.
REMEMBER if you are a US citizen you will need a passport.
When walking back across the border look for the Avenida Revoltuion and the big arch and go across the pedestrian bridge through a shopping
plaza. You will need to stand in line to be processed.
The last time I checked the Troll is about $2.50 each way
For the trolly map http://www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp
The Mexican border is on the Blue line and is at the end of the line "San Ysidro". The blue line starts down town which means you may need to pay for parking. So you may want to get on at another stop and move to the blue line. the map above shows where parking is free.
This isnt' the only way to get across the border see http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/casdmenu/a/tijuana_trans.htm
San Diego's trolley lines do not cover the entire city, but some areas such as the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town San Diego are easy to reach by trolley. There are several types of passes that can be purchased from the automated machines located at each station. First, you need to buy a Compass Card for $2, and then you can add whatever type of fare you want on the card. Each time we decided to use the trolley we got a daily pass for $5, which made it possible to use the trolley as often as we needed during the day. Make sure to validate your card before you get on the trolley since random checks are fairly frequent.
San Diego has a light rail system with plans of expanding.
The BLUE LINE runs approx. north/south from American Plaza station downtown to San Ysidro/the International Border.
The ORANGE LINE runs approx. east/west from the Santa Fe Depot downtown to the El Cajon Transit Center.
On 10 July 2005 the GREEN LINE opened.an extension from (The Trolley Transit Station) at 12th & Imperial/Downtown to Santee via Old Town and has stops at San Diego State University, (SDSU) and Grossmont Center and Grossmont College.
Compared to European Metro Systems, our light rail is far behind, but compared to past years and many other cities in the US, the system is much improved.
Many of the SD Trolley stations serve as a Hub for City buses, so transfering from one to another is easy and useful. Several stations have large parking lots offering free parking.
This station was open in 1986 and is Accessible for the disabled. This particular station is where it stops right in front of the Gas Lamp Quarters and Civic Center. These are a great way to get around. Their is a stop not far from my Neices home and my sister says they have used it several times to come down to this area.
Convention Center toward Gaslamp Quarter ~Orange Line
12th & Imperial Transit Center toward Gillespie Field
12th & Imperial Transit Center Terminus ~Special Event Service
Convention Center toward Qualcomm Stadium
105 6th Avenue San Diego, CA
WELL THEY CALL IT AMERICAS FINEST CITY
THATS AMERICAS BIGGEST LIE
FOR DAY TIME TRAVEL DO NOT GO ALONE
FOR NIGHT TIME ONLY RIDE AFTER MAJOR EVENTS(PADRES,SDSU,CHARGERS,ECT)THERE IS NO SECURITY AND IT GETS IFFY
PLUS DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR AT ANY STATION IN SOUTH BAY,MY MOMS CAR GOT BROKEN INTO 6 TIMES BEGORE THEY STOLE IT.
I KNOW THIS BECAUSE IMA SAN DIEGO SOUTH BAY LOCAL
What San Diego calls a trolley is actually a light rail system, and very different from the Old Time Trolley Tours. We found the Trolley to be our best bet to take us south of the city center to San Ysidro on the Mexican border at Tiajuana. We took the Blue Line from the Sante Fe Depot to the southern terminus of the line at San Ysidro, and back. We took the Blue Line from the Sante Fe Depot to the southern terminus of the line, and back.
The San Diego Trolley, which has been in orperation since 1981, is a 48-mile network with three different segments: the Blue Line, the Orange Line and the new Green Line. It is an easy, effecient and inexpensive way to get around much of the San Diego area.
Click the link below to see a Trolley route map and timetables.
One of the easiest ways to get to Tijuana is to take the trolley out of San Diego. The trip is only about 1/2 hour and that way once you get to Tijuana, you don't have to worry about your car. The trolley is clean, safe, and efficient. You can even bring a bike on the trolley if you want. You can purchase tickets for the trolley at anyone of the stops along its route and their are well demarkated maps at the stops so that you can figure out which way you need to go.
San Diego has a light rail network that wasn't in use when I lived there. I've never ridden it, but based on the website below you can get all around town from Old Town to the Gaslamp to San Ysidro. Fares are between $1.25 and $3.00 depending on the distance travelled.
The San Diego Trolley is a great way to
get around. The trolley travels quickly,
reliably, and safely to destinations around
San Diego. Whether you are a commuter,
tourist, or just want a no-hassle way to
get around, the trolley can whisk you to
the international border, Center City,
Mission Valley, or Fashion Valley shopping, harbor and historic attractions,
restaurants, Old Town and Qualcomm Stadium with other stops along the way.
The photos on this tip were taken at San Ysidro US/Mexico border crossing ....