INSET: SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN
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LIGHT RAIL ROUTES
Operator: Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
|BL||Blue Line||UTC - UC San Diego Central Campus - Old Town Transit Center - America Plaza – Courthouse - City College - 12th & Imperial Transit Center – Chula Vista – San Ysidro / Tijuana (US-Mexico border)|
|GL||Green Line||12th & Imperial Transit Center – Convention Center – Santa Fe Depot - Old Town Transit Center – Rio Vista – Mission San Diego – San Diego State University (SDSU) – Grossmont - El Cajon – Amele Av. – Santee|
|OL||Orange Line||Courthouse – City College – 12th & Imperial Transit Center – Euclid Ave. – Lemon Grove – Grossmont – El Cajon – Amele Av.|
|SL||Silver Line||12th & Imperial Transit Center – Convention Center – America Plaza – Courthouse - City College - 12th & Imperial Transit Center [Loop Heritage Line, clockwise; Weekends only]|
Note: Route designations by letter are not used by the operator.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Light rail lines: 105 km.
- Horse-trams: 3 July 1886 - ?
- Cable cars: 7 June 1890 - 15 Oct. 1892
- Streetcars: 19 Nov. 1887 - 24 Apr. 1949
- Light rail: 26 July 1981 - today
- Streetcars: 1435 mm. (after 1898); 1067 mm. until 1898
- Light rail: 1435 mm.
The San Diego Vintage Trolley, Inc. restores old San Diego streetcars and hopes to operate them in the future over the regular downtown San Diego Trolley tracks for touristic purposes.
- Mills, J.R. "Ten years of the San Diego trolley: A decade of success in California", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, Jan. 1992 (55:649), p.12-17.
- Rice, W. & Robins, K. "San Diego - Where red LRVs rule", Tramways & Urban Transit, Nov. 1999 (62:743), p.412-414.
- San Diego, California: Street guide & automobile road map. San Diego: San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, ca. 1930 and 1940.
- San Diego street guide. San Diego: San Diego Street Guide Publishers, 1941.
- Simons, V. "San Diego: A US original", Tramways & Urban Transit, Aug. 2013 (76: 908), p.344-347.
- Simons, V. "San Diego expands", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2022 (85: 1011), p.96-99.
- San Diego Class 1 Streetcars
- San Diego Electric Railway
- San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
- San Diego Trolley
- MTS: San Diego Trolley
- San Diego (on UrbanRail.Net)
- San Diego Electric Railway Association (SDERA)
- San Diego historic streetcars
Also, thanks to Rob Van Laun of San Diego for his kind corrections of my maps of the original San Diego streetcar network.
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