SDMTS is doing a feasibility study for a streetcar line that will run from Downtown to the San Diego Zoo to Balboa Park. The route will be 1.5 miles long along Park Blvd. from Broadway to Zoo Pl.
There are five options ranging in factors such as parking lane, median, mixed flow travel lane, and bicycle facility. “Mixed flow” lanes, common in Portland and other cities with light rail, allow cars to travel on the rail tracks, making more efficient use of space. Other decisions include which type of streetcar to use: vintage (historical), replica (modern but vintage in looks), or modern cars.
Capital costs are estimated at $66.8 – $77.7 million, and operating cost $1.1 million annually. Once a project is identified and funded, it will take 5 years to complete.
For more information, view the presentation notes here.