By Trolley, San Diego
The San Diego Trolley system is an attractive option for those traveling from the north, east or south. Five San Diego Trolley stations sit within a 15 minute walk of the park. Park and ride lots are located along all Trolley lines, providing the convenience of leaving your car behind. In fact, nearly 10,000 parking spaces are available at park and ride locations throughout the county. There are also parking spaces available at Qualcomm Stadium, with direct Trolley service to PETCO Park.
San Diego Trolley will provide special, more direct "Green Line" service from Qualcomm Stadium to the ballpark via the Convention Center route, on game days, starting two hours before the game and running until two hours after the game. "Green Line" trains will serve all Mission Valley stations and the Old Town Transit Center, with the exception of Mission San Diego, which will not be served by the "Green Line" service.
I found the Trolley a most splendid way ot getting around (apart that it reminds me of Vienna) just 3 notches up... even AIRCONDITION!!! YAHOO
Below is a website with the current schedule and Trolley stops ...
... so hop on and enjoy the ride (ahem, and NO I don't get commission from the SD tourist board....!!) hihi
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
We found the Old Town Trolley useful not just as a tour, but as basic transportation -- if you are staying on Coronado Island, as we were, it is cost efficient compared with taking cabs and much more entertaining!
All of the drivers are good -- but Frank has to take the prize for over-the-top looniness.
On our recent visit, we stayed very close to the Gaslamp District, and did a lot of walking. Because we had also rented a car, we did not take advantage of the San Diego Trolley, however, it looks like a very efficient way to travel.
When doing my research prior to our trip, I kept reading about The Trolley. I now realize there are 2 'Trolley's'. This one is the San Diego Trolley, which is part of the basic public transportion system. The other one is the 'Old Town Trolley', which is a tourist trolley, which also takes you around San Diego. See my tip on the Old Town Trolley for more info.
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...
On my 2nd day in San Diego I decided to leave my car parked at the hotel and get around using San Diego's public transportation. Fares are calculated based on the number of stops you go and I figured I would be riding it at least 3 times so I bought a 1 day pass for $5 which was also good on the buses I used in Coronado.
You can purchase a ticket or day pass from a machine at the trolley station, the trolley was really easy to figure out, just figure out which color line your station is on and see which direction the trolley is going in, there are only three lines, the orange, the blue and the green.
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.
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.
Prior to our trip, I kept reading about 'The Trolley' and how it was a great way to get around San Diego.
What I didn't realize is that there are 2 'trolleys'. This one is the Old Town Trolley, which is more of a tourist thing. The trolley travels around the city, and for 1 ticket, you can spend the day getting off and on at various spots.
It's not to be confused (like me) with the San Diego Trolley which are the red trolleys, and are part of the San Diego public transit system. (see my Tip on the San Diego Trolley for more info.)
At this SD intersection, people can easily meet and get around throughout the county. The Amtrak train ends its west coast journey via south right here. Also , this is the centerpoint of the SD red trolley routes where one can catch the blue or orange trains and wehre many bus cross.
One of the many way to get around San Diego is by the red trolley.
Cost is from $1to $5 us dollars.
The San Diego Trolley is known for its reliability, safety, and convenience. The Trolley is also a fun way to get around, whether traveling to the International Border, or heading to Centre City's shopping, restaurants, harbor and historic attractions. The San Diego Trolley now serves historic Old Town, California's birthplace, as well as Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, and Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field.
Note: The downtown transfer station is just across the street from the Train Station and a block from the harbor!!
Actually, the transit system is pretty good and easy to use. The trolley is wonderful. It goes to the Mexican border and the shopping malls in Mission Valley. There are several transit centers where you can transfer to buses. The buses do not travel as often as in other cities, so take a book and work on your suntan.
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.
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