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MTS SCHEDULES EXTRA SERVICE FOR PADRES' HOME OPENER

April 3, 2013 (San Diego) – Padres baseball returns on Tuesday, April 9, and MTS has scheduled extra service for the Green Line and Blue to get people out to the ball game in time for the first pitch.  And, while supplies last, MTS will give fans a Coca-Cola beverage and a box of Cracker Jacks to encourage fans to get on board early.

Extra service on the Green Line – which now goes from Santee all the way to ball park area stations – begins at 1:30 p.m. with more frequency between the Qualcomm Stadium station and downtown. Blue Line extra service begins at 1:45 p.m. from San Ysidro.

VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW TO LOAD MTS DAY PASS ON COMPASS CARD

January 31, 2013 (San Diego) – MTS has completed its transition from paper Day Passes to Compass Cards. To help riders, it has a new YouTube video (click here) showing how easy it is to purchase a 1-Day Pass on Compass Card from a Trolley ticket machine and to use it on MTS Trolleys and buses.

TAKE TROLLEY EARLY IF YOU’RE GOING TO HOLIDAY BOWL PARADE AND GAME DEC. 27

MTS urges fans to be on board the Trolley at least  3 hours before game and 2 hours before Parade

December 26, 2012 (San Diego) –The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will expand Trolley service on December 27 to accommodate the increased ridership to the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium.  Even with the extra service, fans will need to begin their trip to these special events extra-early given the huge crowds going to the Parade in the morning and the game in the afternoon.

TROLLEY PASSENGER ROBBED OF CELL PHONE

December 14, 2012 (La Mesa) – Last night at approximately 10:54  p.m., the La Mesa Police Department received a report that a female was robbed of her cell phone at the 70th Street Trolley Station, located at 7255 Alvarado Road in La Mesa. The victim reported to officers that just minutes before, she was traveling on the MTS Trolley Green Line from Fashion Valley to the Grossmont Center Station. 

TEEN ROBBED AT TROLLEY STOP

September 19, 2012 (La Mesa) – A 16-year-old girl was robbed in the Spring Street Trolley Station, 4250 Spring Street, on September 17 at 6:47 p.m. According to La Mesa Police, the victim was in the parking lot near the bus stop when she saw the suspect. She walked away to the opposite side of the lot, but the suspect approached and grabbed for her purse on her shoulder. The victim began hitting the suspect with her cell phone, trying break away. He grabbed her cell phone and ran downstairs towards Spring Street.

STARTING SEPT. 2ND, GREEN LINE GOES DOWNTOWN! $3.2 MILLION IN BUS SERVICE ALSO ADDED

September 1, 2012 (San Diego) – Beginning September 2, all trolley lines end in the downtown area, providing single seat service to downtown from everywhere on the Trolley network. It’s all part of the Trolley Renewal project, designed to improve Blue Line and Orange Line stations and bring low-floor cars to the entire Trolley system.

Now, the Green Line will travel through Old Town and terminate at 12th & Imperial via Seaport Village, Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter stations. Blue Line trains will travel between San Ysidro and America Plaza. Orange Line trains will travel between El Cajon and Santa Fe Depot. 

In addition to an improved Trolley network, the Metropolitan Transit System will add considerable bus services on September 2.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

August 17, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include: 
 
LOCAL
  • Hundreds of dead fish found in Lakeside’s Lindo Lake Park (10 News)
  • County’s top job filled with no public notice (KPBS)
  • Have your schools done a Poway? (Voice of San Diego)
  • Violence continues at San Diego juvenile hall (CityBeat)
  • Lemon Grove to put 2 medical marijuana ordinances on November ballot(UT San Diego)
  • Protective order issued against Border Patrol agents (10 News)
  • City Council receives mostly low grades on environmental issues (Voice of San Diego)
  • E. County tribal officer arrested for assault (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa bank teller thwarts robbery (UT San Diego)
  • New trolley routes coming next month ((UT San Diego)
STATE
  • Assembly passes corporate tax hike (Sacramento Bee)
  • 3 park officials disciplined in vacation buyout scandal (Sacramento Bee)
  • Despite falling gas prices, California’s gas prices soar in wake of refinery fire (Sacramento Bee)
  • Chevron facility deemed hazardous (UT San Diego)
  • Exclusive: Bond insurer sues California over development agencies (Reuters)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

TROLLEY TO COMICON, SAVE THE HASSLE

 

By Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
Photo Nadin Abbott
 
July 4, 2012 (San Diego)-- if you live in the East County, and you are planning to attend Comicon International, the Trolley has a deal for you. Metropolitan Transit will sell commemorative day passes, for $20.00, and decreasing amounts depending on how many days you ride. For the full Convention and the Preview night, cost will be $20 for the five days. 

BOTTLE BOMB HURLED AT TROLLEY EXPLODES IN LA MESA

 

July 4, 2012 (La Mesa) –A bottle bomb thrown at a passing trolley at the Spring Street station (4250 Spring Street) exploded shortly before 8 p.m. last night.  There were no injuries and the trolley was not damaged. 

Police seek tips to identify the individual who committed this crime.

WALMART EMPLOYEE STABBED DURING ROBBERY AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 
May 17, 2012 (La Mesa) – Zane Holloway, 18, has been arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after injuring a Walmart employee with a knife. La Mesa Police Department received a radio call at 3:45 p.m. yesterday of a robbery that occurred at Walmart in Grossmont Center Employees reported a male suspect attempted to leave Walmart without paying for merchandise. 

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

March 2, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:    
 
 
 
 
  
LOCAL 
  • Mayor: City’s structural deficit over (10 News)
  • San Diego has most expensive gas in nation (UT San Diego)
  • Low rainfall may mean more local conservation (10 News)
  • Get to know new District 9 candidates: Speak City Heights (Voice of San Diego)
  • Teen struck by trolley was becoming ‘man of integrity’ mentor says ; has shown improvement from brain injury (La Mesa Patch)
  • Case shows flaws at special police force (UT San Diego)
  • Boy accused of killing friend receiving ‘extraordinary care’ (10 News)
  • Heroin use jumps 229 percent amongst county’s young adults (Santee Patch)
  • Refugee moms and their American daughters bond through cooking (KPBS)
 
STATE 
  • Consumer advocates, unions back healthcare ballot measures (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Republican party endorses auto rates initiative (Sacramento Bee)
  • Fewer than 1 in 3 California registered Republican (Sacramento Bee)
  • Democrats want to extend guaranteed retirement savings to private sector (Sacramento Bee)
  • Investigation alleges abuse cover-up at California centers for the disabled (KPBS)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.  

LA MESA TURNS 100, LET’S CELEBRATE!

 
February 6, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial kicks off on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 3:00–3:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Blvd. Trolley Station, where the City Council and Centennial donors will ride a specially wrapped La Mesa Centennial trolley to the Trolley Station.  You will be able to remember the event with a free Centennial keepsake that will be given away at the unveiling.

 

MTS ROLLS OUT NEW LOW-FLOOR TROLLEYS WITH IMPROVED ACCESS FOR DISABLED

 

 
October 4, 2011 (San Diego) –Yesterday, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) rolled out  a new model low-floor Trolley. MTS has received the first six of a 57-vehicle order of the new Trolleys. Two of these cars will begin service on the Green Line with the first trip out of Old Town to Santee at 5 a.m. By 2014 the new fleet will operate on the Blue Line in Downtown and South Bay and on the Orange Line in East County.
 

LA MESA RIDES4NEIGHBORS TRAVEL SAN DIEGO

 
 
 
October 3, 2011 (La Mesa)…Rides4Neighbors offers Travel San Diego, an “Explore/Learn/Discover” opportunity.  This nine-week class is designed specifically for adults over 60 who enjoy travelling and meeting new people, and who are looking for an alternative to freeway driving. 
 
 

PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY TROLLEY IN EL CAJON

 

Update Sept. 29 - The victim has been identified as Andre Duff Zollicoffer, age 48.

Update Sept. 28, 7 p.m. - Trolley service has been restored.

 

September 28, 2011 (El Cajon) – A pedestrian has been struck and killed by the trolley at Arnelle and Marshall Avenue, according to Monica Zech, spokesperson for the City of El Cajon.

FREE BUS & TROLLEY RIDES AFTER 9 PM NEW YEAR'S EVE; SOME LINES TO RUN ALL NIGHT

 

December 30, 2009 (San Diego) -- Need a ride after New Year's revelry?  On December 31st,  all bus and trolley routes in San Diego County will be free after 9 p.m.  This free service is made available through a partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

THIRD ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FOR TROLLEY RIDERS STARTS DEC. 14


Councilman Anthony Young Spearheads 13 Mini-Concerts at select Orange Line Trolley Stations in December and January

December 14, 2009 (San Diego)--The Orange Line’s third annual Holiday Entertainment Series starts today at the 62nd Street/Encanto Trolley Station. Rodney Hutsona, a jazz vocalist will kick off the series which will feature performers from the Southeast San Diego area.

 

The holiday music tradition is spearheaded by San Diego Councilman and MTS Board Member Anthony Young, with support from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Coca-Cola, and MTS. This is Councilman Young’s third year to offer the holiday music series.

MTS HOLDS PUBLIC MEETINGS OVER PLAN TO CUT SUNDAY BUS & TROLLEY SERVICE

November 21, 2009 (San Diego) -- Sales tax shortfalls and the improper elimination of State Transit Assistance funds are forcing the Metropolitan Transit System to reduce its expenses by more than $7 million. To preserve the network of weekday services and to impact as few riders as possible, MTS is proposing to substantially reduce service on Sundays. The Metropolitan Transit System hosts outreach at transit centers this weekend to notify the public of plans to reduce Sunday bus andt trolley services.

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