The Class 1 Streetcars: One Potential Future

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?

In Monday’s Union-Tribune newspaper, Logan Jenkins introduces a new proposal made by Sandy Shapery which would significantly reduce the need for additional parking inside Balboa Park, and would eliminate the need to build a bypass bridge on the Cabrillo bridge. This proposal would connect the outskirts of Balboa Park, to the heart of the park, using the original beautiful streetcars, which were designed and used to carry patrons to the Panama California Exposition almost 100 years ago.

You can read the entire on-line 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. This is likely impossible due to the logistics, but 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?

5 thoughts on “The Class 1 Streetcars: One Potential Future

  1. I think it is a terrific plan. It is a win win situation for everyone.

  2. I like it, but I would rather see them used as functional commuter option rather than just a shuttle for Balboa Park. Could be a good starting point/introduction though. Also, I’d be curious to see these plans for new parking lots under the lawn bowling greens and by the organ pavilion. Seems like it could make a mess of Sixth Avenue traffic, but on the other hand it might relieve street parking issues during events such as December Nights.

  3. Well what are we waiting for?!? LETS GET STARTED WITH THIS!! =D

    It’s a fantastic idea! Not only will it become an icon of San Diego, but WILL also improve city transit and the way San Diegans and tourists travel between the city and our central park, it’ll finally be connected.

  4. I completely support the idea of getting rid of cars and traffic in the middle of the park. It’s obnoxious. But not as obnoxious as the idea of a bypass being built on to the historic Cabrillo bridge. Ack!

    I agree with Matt. I think it could be a good start, but my big question would be are they going to permanently live there as a shuttle for BP? Seems kind of shallow for the potential of those streetcars.

    I definitely think that the destiny of the cars is along the historic line leading people to Balboa Park from downtown. That has the potential of building attraction and promoting our city a lot more than an internal shuttle…

  5. Betsy–

    We agree. In the long run, we want these streetcars to run all over town! But we do love the idea of “reintroducing” the Class 1s to the city for the Panama-California Exposition centennial celebration. This may be the perfect way to do that.

    The nice thing is, if they are used for the Shapery plan, the cars could still easily be moved to a permanent rail system running from downtown to Balboa Park and, hopefully, to many of San Diego’s inner city neighborhoods. For us, that is still the end goal!

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