San Diego

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Overview - San Diego

Located on the eponymous bay north of the US-Mexico border, San Diego is the seat of San Diego County. It has approximately 1,426,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The San Diego metropolitan area (San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad) comprised 3,343,364 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


San Diego's rapid transit network consists of three light rail services and a bus rapid transit service. It also has a commuter rail service, two rapid bus services, and a tourist trolley running on its light rail network (not covered on this site).

San Diego Trolley

Opened 1981, the San Diego Trolley consists of three light rail services that serve the city of San Diego, California and the surrounding suburbs.

Blue Line

The Blue Line of the San Diego Trolley is a light rail service on a North-South alignment, running from UTC in the north to San Ysidro Transit Center in the south on the US-Mexico border, serving 32 stations.


The Blue Line was opened in July 1981. The last extension was to UTC in November 2021. The Blue Line is owned by the Metropolitan Transit System and operated by San Diego Trolley Inc.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Blue6-9/15'6-9/15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Orange Line

The Orange Line of the San Diego Trolley is a light rail service on an East-West alignment, running from Courthouse in downtown San Diego to Arnele Avenue in the east, serving 19 stations.


The Orange Line was opened in March 1986. The latest expansion to the line was the moving of the western terminal from America Plaza to a new Courthouse station in April 2018. The Orange Line is owned by the Metropolitan Transit System and operated by San Diego Trolley Inc.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Orange15'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Green Line

The Green Line of the San Diego Trolley is a light rail service on an East-West alignment, running from 12th & Imperial Transit Center in the west to Santee Town Center in the east, serving 27 stations.


The Green Line was opened in July 2005. The Green Line is owned by the Metropolitan Transit System and operated by San Diego Trolley Inc.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Green15'15'15-30'15-30'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

*1 - Headways depend both on station and time of day. See timetable for more information.

MTS Rapid

Opened 2014, the MTS Rapid consists of a bus rapid transit service and two rapid bus services that serve the city of San Diego, California and the surrounding suburbs. There are additional routes that only operate during peak hours, which are not covered on this website, as well as circulator loops which are also not covered on this website

Rapid 215

The Rapid 215 of the MTS Rapid is a rapid bus service on an Southwest-Northeast alignment, running from Santa Fe Transit Center in the southwest to SDSU Transit Center in the northeast, serving 17 stations. It runs in a dedicated median ROW between University and Howard Avenues.


The Rapid 215 was opened in October 2014.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Rapid 21515'10'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Rapid 225

The Rapid 225 of the MTS Rapid is a bus rapid transit service on a Northwest-Southeast alignment, running from Santa Fe Transit Center in the northwest to Otay Mesa in the southeast, serving 11 stations. It runs in a dedicated median or exclusive ROW from Brandywine Ave to Millenia.


The Rapid 225 was opened in September 2018.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Rapid 22530'15'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Rapid 235

The Rapid 235 of the MTS Rapid is a rapid bus service on a North-South alignment, running from Santa Fe Transit Center in the south to Escondido in the north, serving 14 stations. It runs in a dedicated median ROW for the two transit plazas on its route (I-15 Centerline).


The Rapid 235 was opened in June 2014.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Rapid 23515'15'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Coaster

Coaster

The Coaster is a commuter rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Oceanside Transit Center in the north to San Diego in the south, serving 8 stations.


The Coaster was opened in February 1995.

References & Helpful Links

San Diego Trolley at Wikipedia

Coaster at Wikipedia

Official Website for San Diego Trolley: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Official Website for Coaster: North County Transit District


Maps

Official System Map - San Diego Trolley [PDF] [Last Accessed Nov 21, 2021]


Other Sources

San Diego, USA at Urbanrail.net

Asset Notes

San Diego Trolley colors taken from official map as of Dec 2019.

MTS Rapid colors taken from official map as of November 2021.

Coaster colors taken from NCTD logo as of Dec 2019.


Last Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Old Maps
Note: Not all maps reflect changes in service. Older maps may contain inaccuracies.
2020 01 v12021 11 v1

+ : Line/Station Extension/Opening | x : Line/Station Closure | = : Other Service Change | ! : Map change unrelated to service changes

Changelog:

2020 01 v1 - 2021 11 v1: + Extension: Mid-Coast Trolley | ! Addition: 215, 225, 235 Rapid | ! Correction: Add missing Civic Center station to map