the home of the pioneering San Diego Trolley, which began the U.S. light
rail renaissance in 1980, it only seems natural that the city would also
have a vintage trolley service. The non-profit San Diego Vintage
Trolley Inc. obtained several vintage PCC type streetcars
beginning in 2005 and set about restoring them using volunteers drawn
from a non-profit and the staff of San Diego Trolley. The group
completed the restoration of the first car in 2011 and it is now
operated by San Diego Trolley over a portion of the light rail system in
the downtown area.
service currently operates every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays. A separate
$2 fare is charged, collected on board the car. The car is operated with
an operator and a conductor that greets passengers as they board through
the back door. Plans include the
restoration of additional cars to provide a spare vehicle and ultimately
is also studying the feasibility of reconnecting Balboa Park, the San
Diego Zoo and Downtown San Diego with a streetcar extension.
The project study corridor runs between the City College Trolley Station
area, served by San Diego Trolley Blue and Orange Lines and over a dozen
bus routes, and Balboa Park, in the vicinity of the San Diego Zoo. The study
website has further details.
to the Silver Line and the activities of San Diego Vintage Trolley Inc., the North Park Main
Street Association had also proposed a line that would link the
world-famous San Diego Zoo with remote parking areas and the North Park
neighborhood. The new 3.5-mile line would utilize an historic streetcar
routing along University Ave. and Park Blvd.
Park Main Street is a non-profit neighborhood revitalization organization.
In their proposal, they pointed out four primary benefits for the
campaign to engage the local community resulted in an impressive list of
local business, planning and historical groups supporting the proposal.
North Park Main Street also researched vintage trolley success stories
around the country, looking for ideas that have potential for
application in San Diego. A formal feasibility was conducted in 2002,
but as yet no further action has been taken on this proposal.
group owns several historic carbodies that it hopes to restore to
operation. Check out their website
for more details.