California and San Diego Executives Take MTS Expansion Inaugural Tour

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Above: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher greets local officials and transportation executives at the groundbreaking ceremony for the mid-hill extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Streetcar at Tecolote Streetcar Station on August 24, 2021.

An inauguration ceremony took place on Tuesday at MTS Tecolote tram station.

Local officials and transport leaders took part in the inaugural race of the San Diego Blue Line Streetcar Mid-Hill Extension.

This step means passing the train tests and one more step towards full opening.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher says the extension provides San Diego residents with a safe and efficient way to travel and protect the environment.

“This special race that we are doing today is part of our preparation for the full expansion. The 11-mile extension that will open later this year in November. We know public transit works, ”said Fletcher.

Fletcher also described MTS’s new fare collection system. Pronto and it comes with an incentive to encourage public transit.

“Free travel month throughout September with your new pronto card you can travel for free on all of our buses and trolleys,” Fletcher noted.

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Mayor Todd Gloria says it’s not just a cart extension.

“This is a job train for people in the South Bay who want to access the well-paying jobs in the college town center,” Gloria continued. “It’s an education train. It’s an opportunity to take a seat tour of the incredible international institution that is UC San Diego. health care that gives our veterans a chance to go to our VA hospital. ”

The MTS Blue Line Extension provides a one-seat ride from the border to the UTC zone.

“The border is not a problem, it is an asset for our region,” said Gloria.

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Tijuana Mayor Karla Ruiz MacFarland noted that San Ysidro station is one of the busiest MTS stations.

“It is a symbol of all that unites us. Every day, thousands of passengers rely on the streetcar to provide vital connections to important destinations, ”said MacFarland.

The public can take advantage of the extension this Saturday August 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of the Mid-Coast on Morena Community Appreciation Festival.

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