Alvarado Medical Center station

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Alvarado Medical Center
San Diego Trolley station
Alvarado Medical Center.jpg
Alvarado Medical Center Station, 2008
Location6658 Alvarado Rd
San Diego, California 92120
Coordinates32°46′38″N 117°03′25″W / 32.777174°N 117.05686°W / 32.777174; -117.05686Coordinates: 32°46′38″N 117°03′25″W / 32.777174°N 117.05686°W / 32.777174; -117.05686
PlatformsSide platform
ParkingLimited street parking
Disabled accessYes
OpenedJuly 10, 2005
Preceding station   San Diego Trolley   Following station
Green Line

Alvarado Medical Center is a station on San Diego Trolley's Green Line in the College Area. It is one of the San Diego Trolley network's newer stations, having opened in 2005.[1]

The street-level station has side platforms. It is located near the intersection of Alvarado Rd. and Reservoir Dr. The station is located across the street from the Alvarado Medical Center. Besides the hospital and the College Area, portions of the residential neighborhood of Del Cerro are also accessible from the stop.

Station layout[edit]

There are two tracks, each served by a side platform.

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line toward 12th & Imperial Transit Center (San Diego State University Transit Center)
Eastbound San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line toward Santee Town Center (70th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Alvarado riddle[edit]

One of the most noticeable features of the station is a riddle, engraved into the tiles on the wall that separates the station from the freeway. This art installation was created by Roman De Salvo in 2005.[2]

The riddle reads:

"Arteries, veins, and, capillaries. For autos, rain, and, catenaries. All three lines are side by side.

Above, below, and, stratified. One is numbered less than nine. Another was there at the dawn of time.

The last will be here after a wait. Or, right away if you’re not too late.

Look around to solve this riddle. Name all three, top, bottom and middle.

If bewildered, feel the handrail. The answer there is writ in Braille.”

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MTS Historical Timeline". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Pincus, Robert L. (April 2, 2006). "Instant Landmark". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 2010-05-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)