Shadow Monster looms over trolley
A Shadow Monster from “Stranger Things” looms over a trolley at the Convention Center station. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is gearing up to serve more than 400,000 passengers during Comic-Con, scheduling more trains and placing a Sci-Fi monster atop a downtown station.

“This is an event where transit is key to moving people,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer.

He said Green Line trains will run every 7-1/2 minutes from SDCCU stadium to the San Diego Convention Center station from 6:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. throughout the four-day festival.

Visitors were encouraged to purchase a five-day pass for $16 using the downloadable MTS app. But Jablonski warned cosplayers to tag their weapons to show they’re safe.

In the spirit of Comic-Con, the transit agency decorated the Convention Center station with a giant model of the Shadow Monster from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” The work was done by San Diego’s DM Scenic Productions, which has a number of Comic-Con credits.

“It’s nice to get involved in Comic-Con and be part of the celebration,” said Jablonski, gesturing to the monster atop the station’s shelter.

For the first time at Comic-Con, the city will close Harbor Drive outside the Convention Center for crowd safety, making it harder to drive downtown.

“The easiest way to get to this venue is transit,” Jablonski said. “Driving down here is going to be very difficult.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.