From new bike lanes to ride share discounts and extra commuter trains, San Diego is gearing up to make sure pop culture fans can get to Comic-Con 2019 quickly and safely.
The Metropolitan Transit System expects to provide nearly 400,000 extra passenger trips during the event, and is selling commemorative passes covering two to five days priced between $10 and $20 at many stations.
Green Line Trolleys will run every 7 minutes between SDCCU Stadium with its giant parking lot and the Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter stations downtown. The last trains on all three trolley lines will depart downtown after midnight.
The transit agency has also partnered with Lyft to offer 20 percent discounts on rides to and from many transit stations.
The North County Transit District is adding a special, early-morning COASTER train on Saturday and Sunday. The train will leave Oceanside at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at the Santa Fe Depot at 8:31. a.m.
For those riding bicycles or scooters, the new protected lane on Sixth Avenue from Beech Street to Harbor Drive may be a good way to get to the Convention Center.
Those scooters can be parked at Island and First avenues, where Lyft is collaborating with Amazon Prime Video to provide scooters, scooter parking and helmets during the immersive fan experience.
For the second year in a row, Harbor Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic around the Convention Center because of concerns about the safety of the massive crowds.
Adding humor to a message about safety, mobility advocate Circulate San Diego and the San Diego Police Department released a series of public-service announcements promoting the “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety campaign. The videos feature super hero “Captain VZ” safely traveling to Comic-Con by trolley, bicycle and scooter.