The San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project in the US has progressed with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) releasing the draft of environment report for the $1.7bn project.
The project will connect the major destinations in the city including Old Town, UC San Diego, and Westfield UTC Mall.
Carried out by SANDAG in collaboration with the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), the line will also link other Trolley lines serving Mission Valley, East County and South County.
The 17.7km eight-station line will extend the Trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University City community.
SANDAG will host five public meetings during June 2013 to gather feedback from the community, which must be received or postmarked by 16 July 2013 to be considered in the final environmental report.
Following the completion of the consultation process, the environmental impact statement will be finalised and submitted to the FTA for approval.
The project will move into the final design phase following the approval from the SANDAG board and the FTA.
Construction under the project is expected to commence in 2015, with commercial services scheduled to begin in 2018.
The project will extend the city’s light rail network north from Old Town along the Interstate 5 corridor to the UTC area.
The proposed eight new stations will be built along the route at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, Pepper Canyon (UCSD west campus), Voigt Drive (UCSD east campus), Executive Drive, and the terminus station at Westfield UTC Transit Center.
A station at the VA Medical Center is also included as an option in the project’s environmental review.