The VA Medical Center Trolley Station was unveiled Wednesday, the latest milestone in San Diego’s more than $2 billion rail project extending from downtown up to UC San Diego and University City.
The facility — located at the VA San Diego Healthcare System campus at 3350 La Jolla Village Drive — is the first of nine new stations to be reveal through the summer and fall.
“San Diego is proud that so many veterans of the U.S. military call our city home,” said San Diego Mayor Gloria. “We must always support them in gratitude for their service. It is essential that our service members and their families have safe and convenient access to health care, and the new Blue Line trolley stop at the VA Medical Center will do just that.”
The Mid-Coast Trolley extension began construction about five years ago and is slated to begin service in November, according to the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG. The agency constructed the project with funds from the half-cent sales tax dubbed Transnet.
The new 11 miles of track will service the Blue Line trolley, which currently runs between San Ysidro and Santa Fe Depo in downtown San Diego. The project will allow for one-seat travel from the Mexico border to one of the region’s larger job centers, adding new stops along Mission Bay, just east of Pacific Beach, UCSD and ending at the Westfield UTC mall.
“The unveiling of this station is a momentous milestone in the construction of the Mid-Coast extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who chairs the board of the regional transportation and planning agency. “SANDAG is committed to working with our partners to provide faster, fairer and cleaner transportation options for every person in this region, especially for the brave individuals who have served our nation.”
Once construction is completed, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will take over operations of the new trolley line. The agency said it plans to unveil additional stations throughout the summer and fall.
“San Diego and the people who served in our military are forever intertwined and this station gives a proper salute to those who have served our country,” said county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who also serves as the MTS board chair. “The VA Medical Center is a first-class health care campus, and now at its doorstep is a first-class transit system. I am pleased to see this design come to life and thank SANDAG and MTS staff for making it a reality.”