As the Mid-City Rapid Bus project continues along Park Blvd., construction crews have dug up evidence of the rich transportation history that remains in stasis just several inches underneath our city streets. San Diego Historic Streetcars, our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a vision to revive that history and restore the Class 1 streetcars to the rails in San Diego. Ironically, the route along Park Blvd. is one ideal location for these historic streetcars to return. After all, the Class 1s were originally designed and built to run from the Santa Fe Depot to Balboa Park via Broadway and Park Blvd. for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Following the Exposition, these streetcars went on to run throughout our downtown and uptown communities— from downtown on through Little Italy, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Logan Heights, and beyond.
Christian Chaffee, the board president of San Diego Historic Streetcars, spoke with Larry Himmel last week at the Park Blvd. construction site and in front of historic Class 1 #138. Please check out the video above to learn a little about San Diego’s transportation history and potential future. We hope you’ll join us in our calls to return practical and historic transportation to San Diego!