Construction crews gather at the Voigt Drive Trolley  station
Construction crews gather for the morning briefing at the Voigt Drive Trolley station. Courtesy SANDAG

Construction of the $2.1 billion Mid-Coast Trolley line to University City reached the half-way point last week.

Officials with the San Diego Association of Governments celebrated the milestone by serving breakfast on Friday morning to crews working on the project.

The event was held at the construction staging yard near the new Voigt Drive Trolley station, where workers gather for their morning briefings.

“This is a major milestone for a major project,” said Steve Vaus, mayor of Poway and SANDAG board chair. “Not only is this project large in scale, but its impact on the San Diego region is bound to be monumental. This is the largest public transit project in our region’s history.”

Many of the workers in attendance commented on this being the largest and most significant construction project of their careers.

“This trolley will not only connect cities — it will connect communities,” said National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis. “You are building a bridge — this bridge — between communities that can sometimes feel worlds apart.”

Officials said the project, which will extend the Blue Line from Old Town to UC San Diego and University City, remains on budget and on schedule to open in late 2021.

Chris Jennewein

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