As we approach the close of the public comment period for SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, we encourage everyone to please let their voice be heard… and push for the return of the Class 1 streetcars!
Comments can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (877) 277-5736, fax (619) 699-1905, or by mail to SANDAG, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101. Please submit those comments by July 8th, 2011.
Thank you all for your continued support. If you’d like, you can read the comments we submitted to SANDAG after the jump.
It’s a ways off, but mark Sept. 24th on your calendars and be sure to come join us at the Mission Hills Walking Tour! We’ll take a journey, led by Mission Hills Heritage, back to the early 20th century and explore the old streetcar route that ran through Mission Hills. Pick up some history and learn about early residents of the area, as well as the development spurred by the streetcar line.
To top it all off, Class 1 streetcar No. 138 will be at the event so you can take a look at one of the historic cars that ran on that very line… and imagine what it would be like to see them running again in Mission Hills and San Diego’s other inner city neighborhoods.
You can view the event details on the flier above or here.
On Wednesday, June 29th, MTS is holding a Community Open House regarding the City/Park Streetcar Feasibility Study at the Casa Del Prado Building’s Majorca Room (101) from 4pm to 7pm. This open house will break down the various elements of the feasibility study — including streetcar vehicle options. We encourage everyone to attend this event and talk about the Class 1s with MTS leadership.
Though we’ve heard no official word from them thus far, we hope to work with MTS on expanding a valuable, historic streetcar line to many San Diego’s inner city neighborhoods.
For the full details on this open house, please take a look at the flier after the jump.
Yesterday, after the City Council Rules Committee passed along the memorandum of understanding for the Irwin Jacobs’ Plaza de Panama Plan without their endorsement, the philanthropist and entrepreneur has decided to step back and “wait and see what happens” regarding the city’s stance on the plan. Jacobs went on to express concern that if it takes too long for “the city to get on board” that we are likely to “miss the centennial date”. 
Given the suspension of the only funded plan for transforming Balboa Park for the Panama-California Exposition centennial celebration of 2015, it is imperative that we — city and community leaders, philanthropists, business associations, developers, community associations, non-profits, corporations, small businesses, and citizens — come together to develop some alternative plans for revitalizing Balboa Park in case the city fails to find the support needed to get the Jacobs plan rolling again.
We’ve got some ideas that we’re working on, which we will be sharing with you soon. We would also love to hear some of yours — let’s brainstorm! What are the most important goals we can reach by 2015 related to Balboa Park? Where do you see the Class 1 streetcars fitting into the equation?
In Monday’s Union-Tribune newspaper, an article by Logan Jenkins introduces a new proposal made by entrepreneur Sandy Shapery that would significantly reduce the need for additional parking inside Balboa Park and eliminate the need to build a bypass bridge on the Cabrillo Bridge. The Shapery plan would connect the outskirts of Balboa Park to the heart of the park, using the original historic streetcars, which were designed and used to carry patrons to the Panama California Exposition almost 100 years ago.
You can read the entire Union Tribune article here.
Here at the San Diego Historic Streetcar Project, we would love to love to see a city wide historic streetcar system using our native historic Class 1 streetcars running from downtown to Balboa Park and to all surrounding neighborhoods in time for the 2015 centennial celebration of the Panama-California Exposition. However, given the logistics, we do see the Shapery proposal as a great way to introduce the historic Class 1 streetcars to San Diegans and visitors in 2015.
What do you all think? Would you like to see the Class 1 streetcars serving in Balboa Park by 2015 as Sandy Shapery proposes?