Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’

New Bridge Opens in San Diego

February 16, 2018

An Amtrak Pacific Surfliner was the first train to cross a new 900-foot bridge over the San Diego River that is part of the San Diego River Double Track project being sponsored by the The San Diego Association of Governments.

The project is seeking to boost passenger and freight rail service in the area, and it will involve building a parallel bridge that will allow for a continuous, 7-mile double-track segment from Garnet Avenue/Balboa Avenue to the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino.

The current San Diego River bridge is the only single-track segment south of Balboa Avenue in San Diego County.

The project cost is $93.9 million, with some funding coming from California State Transportation Agency. The project is expected to be finished in 2019.

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San Diego Amtrak Station Sold

October 14, 2017

The Amtrak station in San Diego has been sold to an unidentified investor who is considering developing it. Amtrak operations at the 102-year-old former Santa Fe depot are not expected to change.

Located at Broadway and Kettner Boulevard, no immediate changes are expected, but a San Diego architecture firm has been hired to complete an assessment report and recommend needed maintenance and restoration steps.

Officials said Amtrak will continue to lease space in the station and any changes likely are years away.

The buyer was identified as Santa Fe Depot LLC. The seller was Prologis Inc. The sale price was not disclosed.

“The sale is significant to the San Diego community and represents the seller’s deep commitment to preserving the landmark asset,” said real estate broker Kipp Gstettenbauer of Voit Real Estate Services, which represented the seller.

The San Diego station is located amid new development near the waterfront. The depot has 10,000 square feet of space and is zoned for retail use.

“By working closely with the buyer and Heritage Architecture, we will be able to restore parts of the building that have gone unused for more than 50 years, while providing additional services in the station, expanding ridership for Amtrak and increasing the building’s historic value,” Gstettenbauer said.

Santa Fe built the station, which features California mission and Spanish colonial style design, to serve the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park.

The railroad considered razing the station in the 1970s and building two-high rise office towers on the site.

But that plan was fought by the Save Our Heritage Organization as well as then-Mayor Pete Wilson. The depot was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego later acquired the former baggage building and a master plan was written to oversee redevelopment of the land around the depot.

Bosa Development has built several condominium towers adjacent to the station.

Amtrak to End 2 Surf Line Stops

September 28, 2017

Amtrak will end service in California on Oct. 9 at Carlsbad Poinsettia and Encinita on the Los Angeles-San Diego Surf Line.

However, it will increase service to Old Towne. All three stations are located near San Diego.

Amtrak said the decision is based in part on low ridership over the past four years at the soon to be discontinued stops.

Poinsettia had daily averages of 23 Amtrak riders in 2014, 28 riders in 2015, and 29 in 2016. LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency said it also considered the “proximity to adjacent stations and availability of other transit options.”

Pacific Surfliner began stopping at Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley stations as part of an agreement with North County Transit District four years ago, when the Carlsbad and Encinitas service also began. The Village and Sorrento Valley service will continue.

The former Santa Fe station in downtown San Diego is the southern terminus for Coaster and the Amtrak trains.