America Plaza station

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America Plaza
MTS Trolley icon.svg
San Diego Trolley station
Orange Line at AP2.jpg
Train approaching on the Orange Line
Location1050 India Street
San Diego, CA
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
Platforms2
ConnectionsBus Routes 2, 83, 210, 810, 820, 850, 860, 923, 992
Construction
Parkingno
Bicycle facilitiesyes
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1991[1]
Rebuilt2011[2]
Services
Preceding station   San Diego Trolley   Following station
Blue LineTerminus
Blue Line
toward University Towne Center
One-way operation
Silver Line
  Former services  
TerminusOrange Line
(ended 2018)

America Plaza is a station of the Blue and Silver Lines on the San Diego Trolley. It is located in the Downtown Core of the city 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,[1][3] making the station the second infill station in the San Diego Trolley system.

Services[edit]

The station serves as the terminus of the interim terminus for the Blue Line. America Plaza's location directly adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot also allows for "indirect" transfers to the Green Line as well, as the two stations are within easy walking distance of each other.[4] The next station to the east for both the Blue and Silver lines (the latter of which comes from the direction of Seaport Village), is Civic Center, where it joins the Orange Line. The Blue Line arrives and departs on the track closest to Kettner Boulevard. The Orange Line arrives and departs from the track closest to the office building;[5] the Silver Line also uses this same track, arriving from the west, and departing towards the Civic Center station to the east.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Station Exit/entrance, Ticket machines, MTS Rapid station, MTS Bus to Airport San Diego International Airport
Platforms Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line Mid Coast Extension (under construction) toward Westfield UTC (Santa Fe Depot)
Southbound San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line toward San Ysidro Transit Center (Civic Center)
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line toward 12th & Imperial Transit Center (Civic Center)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

History[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

This station was closed from October 21 until December 19, 2011,[7] for renovations as part of the Trolley Renewal Project,[8] during which a temporary stop was erected between Columbia and State streets to serve the area.[2]

On April 29, 2018, the Courthouse station opened as the new terminus of the Orange Line.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MTS Historical Timeline". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  2. ^ a b "MTS New Low Floor Trolleys Go Into Service on Monday, October 3rd". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. September 29, 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  3. ^ "America Plaza". SubwayNut.com. July 5, 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  4. ^ "Santa Fe Transit Center Map" (PDF). San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project". San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Trolley Renewal Project". San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  9. ^ "Courthouse Trolley Station Opens on Sunday, April 29, 2018". San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service. Retrieved July 7, 2018.