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San Diego – Those wanting to see the fireworks light up the sky on July 4 won’t have to worry about the hassle of traffic and parking. Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) has extended service for the holiday. All three trolley lines will operate expanded service after the fireworks end--whether you're heading to the beach areas or relishing 4th of July fireworks displays in East County.   There are also special rates and hours throughout this holiday week.

Thursday July 1 – Sunday July 4

• Special Event service for the Padres games against the Houston Astros. For more information see www.sdmts.com.

Saturday July 3

MTS Family Weekend promotion in effect – all children 12 and under ride free with a paying adult.

Additional bus service will be provided to celebrations in Coronado. Get there by taking Route 901 from Downtown San Diego or Imperial Beach. Additional Route 901 service will be provided every 15 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Coronado Independence Day Parade will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Routes 901 and 904 will be detoured around the parade area during these hours. Temporary bus stops will be established along the detour route during the parade.

Sunday, July 4

MTS services will operate on a regular Sunday timetable. The telephone information office will have reduced hours and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special event service to the Padres game against the Houston Astros.

To see the fireworks in Santee for “Santee Salutes,” take the Green Line to the Santee Town Center. Activities start at 3:30 p.m. The fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m. Expanded Trolley Service from the Santee Town Center will continue until an hour after the show ends.


• Increased bus service on Route 901 to Coronado will start at 2:30 and end at 10 p.m. The fireworks on Glorietta Bay are set to start at 9 p.m.

• To get to the Big Bay Fireworks
show that begins at 9 p.m., take Route 2 to America Plaza or Route 992 to Harbor Drive. On the Trolley, prime viewing locations are within walking distance of the America Plaza, Seaport Village and the Convention Center stations. MTS will run expanded service from Qualcomm to America Plaza and Seaport Village. The last train for Santee will depart Old Town at 10:30 p.m.

SeaWorld hosts fireworks on July 4 with Shamu’s Sky Splash USA. Take Route 8/9 from Old Town. Visit SeaWorld’s website at http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego/ for more information on celebrations with paid admission.

• Ocean Beach Fireworks
will be at 9 p.m. at Ocean Blvd. & Newport Ave. at the Ocean Beach Pier. To get there, take route 35 or 923.

• La Jolla Cove fireworks are at 9 p.m. Take Route 30 to viewing locations at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove, and La Jolla Shores Beach.

• MTS Family Weekend promotion in effect – all children 12 and under ride free with a paying adult.

Monday July 5 (Independence Day Observed)

• MTS buses and Trolleys will be using a Sunday/Holiday timetable. Riders can trip plan at http://transit.google.com or by using the OTIS trip planner at www.sdmts.com. The Transit Store will be closed and telephone information office will have modified hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• MTS will also offer “Friends Ride Free” promotion.
When one person pays a cash fare or uses a valid MTS pass, a friend gets the same ride free.

The Sorrento Valley COASTER Connection routes are not operating on Sunday and Monday. MTS Access & MTS ADA Suburban Paratransit subscriptions will be canceled. If passengers want to maintain their trip, they need to call 2-3 days in advance. As usual with a weekend timetable, there will be no Premium Express bus service.

MTS operates a 54.3-mile light rail transit network, over 90 fixed bus routes, and ADA Complementary Public Paratransit Service in the San Diego region. In FY08 it set a system record by carrying more than 87 million passengers and MTS is poised to carry 92 million passengers this year.