America Plaza station

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America Plaza
San Diego Trolley station
America Plaza station night 2019.jpg
The station at night in 2019
Location1050 India Street, San Diego, California
United States
Coordinates32°42′59″N 117°10′06″W / 32.716253°N 117.168317°W / 32.716253; -117.168317Coordinates: 32°42′59″N 117°10′06″W / 32.716253°N 117.168317°W / 32.716253; -117.168317
Owned bySan Diego Metropolitan Transit System
Operated bySan Diego Trolley
Line(s)SD&AE Main Line[1]
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport Metropolitan Transit System: 83, Rapid 215, Rapid 225, Rapid 235, Rapid Express 280, Rapid Express 290, 923, 992[2]
BSicon BAHN.svg Coaster, Pacific Surfliner (transfer at Santa Fe Depot)
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessHandicapped/disabled access
Other information
Station code75085[3]
History
OpenedNovember 14, 1991 (1991-11-14)[4]
RebuiltDecember 2011[5]
Services
Preceding station   San Diego Trolley   Following station
Blue LineTerminus
Blue Line
toward University Towne Center
One-way operation
Silver Line
Next clockwise
  Former services  
TerminusOrange Line
(ended 2018)
Location

America Plaza is a station of the Blue and Silver Lines on the San Diego Trolley. It is located in the Downtown Core of San Diego, California, and is directly connected to One America Plaza, the city's tallest building. The station, and its accompanying 34-story high-rise building, opened on November 14, 1991,[4][6] making the station the second infill station in the San Diego Trolley system.

History[edit]

A Blue Line train is stopped under the metal arches of America Plaza station (right) while a Rapid bus departs (left). The colorful tile-covered campanile of Santa Fe Depot station can be seen in the background.

America Plaza originally was where the Orange and Blue lines split. The Orange Line used to loop south and east on its way to Gaslamp Quarter and back to 12th & Imperial Transit Center, while the Blue Line used to turn north towards Santa Fe Depot on its way to Old Town Transit Center. A system redesign on September 2, 2012, shortened the Blue Line's northern terminus to this station, and rerouted the Orange Line to terminate at Santa Fe Depot, while the western portion of the downtown loop was replaced by service from the Green Line.[7] Once the Mid-Coast extension is completed in 2021, the Blue Line will be re-extended northward through Santa Fe Depot and Old Town to serve the new stations.[8]

This station was closed from October 21 until December 19, 2011,[5] for renovations as part of the Trolley Renewal Project,[9] during which a temporary stop was erected between Columbia and State streets to serve the area.[10]

On April 29, 2018, the Courthouse station opened as the new terminus of the Orange Line.[11]

Station layout[edit]

The station serves as the terminus of the Blue Line. America Plaza is located directly adjacent to Santa Fe Depot station, and MTS calls the two stations, the surrounding bus stops and Rapid station the Santa Fe Transit Center.[12] The station provides an "indirect" transfers to Green Line, Coaster, and Pacific Surfliner trains, which all serve the Santa Fe Depot, a short walk away.

The Blue Line generally arrives and departs on the track closest to Kettner Boulevard,[7] while the Silver Line uses the facing track. Silver Line heritage service operates Friday through Sunday only.

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line toward San Ysidro Transit Center (Civic Center)
San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line (future service) toward Westfield UTC (Santa Fe Depot)
Southbound San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line downtown loop (Civic Center)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Diego & Arizona Eastern (SD&AE) Railway" (PDF). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. April 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "San Diego Regional Transit Map" (PDF). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. September 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Schedules & Real Time". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "MTS Historical Timeline". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  5. ^ a b "Downtown Area Trolley Stations and Streets to Close for Two Weekends: October 21–23 and October 28–30". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. October 20, 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
  6. ^ "America Plaza". SubwayNut.com. July 5, 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  7. ^ a b "September 2, 2012 Service Changes. Major Bus and Trolley Service Changes". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2012. Archived from the original on April 30, 2015. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  8. ^ "Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project". San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  9. ^ "Trolley Renewal Project". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  10. ^ "MTS New Low Floor Trolleys Go Into Service on Monday, October 3rd". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. September 29, 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  11. ^ "Courthouse Trolley Station Opens on Sunday, April 29, 2018". San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Santa Fe Transit Center Map" (PDF). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2014-03-09.