Agency Says Business Plan for ‘Impossible Railroad’ Is None of Your Business
MTS refuses to release documents that would answer some of the most basic questions about the Desert Line railroad project, how Pacific Imperial actually intends to rebuild the line and what its business strategy is.
Ari Bloomekatz | July 28, 2014 |
Here’s Where MTS Says You Have First Amendment Rights – and Where You Don’t
Gwyneth Shoecraft | July 24, 2014 |
How San Diego’s Big Railroad Dreams Went Off Track
The effort to bring a defunct cross-border track back to life has taken some turns lately. Back when San Diego was a backwater burg in the 1880s, local bigwigs tried to turn the city into the western terminus of the cross-country railroad system and the top port south of San Francisco. It didn't happen.
Randy Dotinga | July 18, 2014 |
Conflict Pushes Fulton Out of Bay Park Decision
The city is selecting a consultant to rewrite development restrictions around two new trolley stops. Planning director Bill Fulton removed himself from the decision due to a conflict of interest under the city's ethics ordinance.
Andrew Keatts | July 17, 2014 |
MTS Almost Got Off Easy on the Desert Line
A company under increasing scrutiny nearly made life easy on county transportation officials this month, when a missed lease payment almost negated its contract to rebuild a cross-border freight line. Now, if public officials want to undo the deal, they'll have to work for it.
Ari Bloomekatz & Andrew Keatts | July 16, 2014 |
The Desert Line Mirage Lives on — for Now
A group of border-region business interests are eager to see the Desert Line become reality, but the project is now mired in conflicts involving its latest owners and the Metropolitan Transit System – and at least two U.S. congressmen want to know just what the heck is going on.
Ari Bloomekatz & Andrew Keatts | July 14, 2014 |
Yes, Full-Service Transit Can Work. Just Look at Lemon Grove.
Mary Sessom | June 30, 2014 |
Free Bus Pass Pilot Lurches Forward, Despite Mixed Reactions
The bus passes were billed as a school attendance booster, but the majority of program participants had stellar attendance to begin with. School officials say they see gains elsewhere and want to ride the experiment out for another year.
Megan Burks | June 25, 2014 |
He’s Not Just Along for the Ride
Chula Vista City Councilman Rudy Ramirez used his vote on the MTS budget to make a point about how the agency allocates resources. Ramirez says most MTS board members don't even use public transit regularly, and don't understand frequent riders' needs.
Andrew Keatts | June 23, 2014 |
The Clairemont Controversy’s Two Uncomfortable Truths
Despite all the sudden infighting over the city's idea to increase density near two new trolley stops, the issue won't get a final vote until at least 2016. In the meantime, residents and officials can grapple with two inconvenient realities the Clairemont controversy has brought into focus.
Andrew Keatts | May 13, 2014 |
An Unruly Clairemont Crowd Asks: ‘Leave Us in Peace’
Clairemont and Bay Park residents said at a Wednesday town hall that they won't entertain any plan to increase the size and scale of development in their neighborhood. To punctuate the point, the raucous, 300-plus crowd booed one opposing voice out of the room.
Andrew Keatts | May 1, 2014 |
City on Raising Clairemont Height Limit: Nevermind
San Diego planners have backed off a plan to raise the 30-foot limit on building height next to the future site of a trolley station at Clairemont Drive, just east of I-5, amid vocal opposition from residents.
Andrew Keatts | April 24, 2014 |
San Diego Explained: What to Expect from Mid-City Rapid
Ana Ceballos | April 24, 2014 |
The Height of Trolley Tensions
The city doesn't just want to expand the trolley, it wants to make new stations home to more housing units and storefronts to spur ridership – and it might tweak the height limit to make it happen. But residents who live near the planned stations aren't on board.