MTS Dedicates New Trolley Station Outside Downtown Courthouses

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The ceremonial first departure of an Orange Line trolley from the new station. Courtesy MTS

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System dedicated its first new station since 2005 on Friday to give riders easy access to the  downtown courthouse complex.

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“This state-state-of-the-art transit stop is about access to justice,” said Peter Deddeh, presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court.

Orange Line trolleys will stop at the new station situated between the 22-story Central Courthouse that opened in December and the Hall of Justice. Federal courthouses and offices are just two blocks away, across Broadway.

Georgette Gomez, MTS board chair and a San Diego City Councilmember, predicted the station would see a high volume of riders because there are over 44,000 jobs within half a mile.

MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski said he expected many San Diegans to decide that with the new station it will be easier to take the trolley to jury duty than to drive.

Service to the Courthouse Station will begin Sunday morning. It will be the new terminus for the Orange Line to relieve congestion at nearby America Plaza that is expected when the new Mid-Coast extension to University City opens.

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