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Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project takes a major step forward

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project has received an important federal approval to move closer to completion. SANDAG announced this week that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project’s entry into Preliminary Engineering. This milestone means that the project is officially in the pipeline and eligible to receive federal New Starts funding.

“SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System have been working closely with the FTA to move this important project forward,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said. “We are advancing environmental and design efforts to deliver this project as fast as possible.”

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from the Old Town Transit Center north to UCSD and Westfield UTC. This 11-mile trolley extension will serve eight stations along the route.

“This is a significant milestone for the Mid-Coast project,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transit System. “It means the federal government recognizes this as a needed and valuable piece of transportation infrastructure. It is a major step forward toward federal funding.”

The project was approved by voters in 2008 as part of the reauthorization of TransNet, a local half-cent sales tax for transportation. TransNet will pay for half of the project’s cost, and the other half is proposed to be paid for with funds from the FTA’s New Starts program.

The approval to enter Preliminary Engineering moves the project development into a new phase. The SANDAG Board of Directors approved the route – known as the Locally Preferred Alternative – in July 2010. The focus now will be on advancing design and environmental review to move the project toward implementation. 

The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will operate as an extension of the existing San Diego Trolley Blue Line, and will provide one-seat service (service with no transfers) from the international border all the way to the northern part of the city of San Diego.

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Greg Gastelum, Project Development Program Manager
Phone: (619) 699-7378, E-mail:

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