San Diego Neighborhood News
Improve Route 11
Between 1925 and 1949, routes 7 and 11 shared the same path of
travel on Park Blvd. between University Ave. and Downtown San
Diego. These two routes were trolley lines. When the San Diego
Electric Railway was purchased after World War II, trolley lines
disappeared and buses began altering the way public
transportation worked in San Diego.
It is time that routes 7 and 11 resume their original operating
patterns, running the length of Park Blvd., to provide expedited
service into Downtown San Diego. Two shorter routes need to be
implemented to replace the current route 11, allowing for speedy
and well-planned service into downtown. Currently, route 11's
one-way travel time from La Presa/Spring Valley to San Diego
State University is approximately one hour and 40 minutes, a
long drive for most coach operators. Ridership is strong through
downtown but drops off north of Park Blvd. and University Ave.
After careful observation and discussions with MTDB transit
planners, the following suggestions have been developed:
Operate route 11 from La Presa to Park Blvd., terminating near
Polk Ave. Operate a second route from Downtown San Diego, from
either Seaport Village or the City College area, to San Diego
This proposal allows the route to be split into two segments
while maintaining a more effective route pattern. Not only will
drivers get relief from such a long and intense route, it will
be easier for students and residents to travel between SDSU,
City College, and downtown. This plan will save everyone
approximately ten minutes of travel time. In addition, the new
route will relieve stress placed upon route 7 through the Balboa
Park corridor and increase service to the San Diego Zoo and
Splitting the route with the first option (service to Harbor
Drive) might add significant costs; however, those passengers
requiring expedited service into downtown will appreciate this
routing option. The second option (service only as far as Tenth
Ave.) would not be as expensive to operate and still provide a
reasonable level of service that bus riders need.
This plan has much promise for the community. MTDB must take the
time to seriously investigate this proposal.
Reconfigure Bus Route No. 11
Between 1925 and 1949, what are now San Diego Transit bus routes
Nos. 7 and 11 shared the same path on Park Boulevard between
University and Downtown. Those two routes were San Diego
Electric Railway trolley lines, which ceased operating a few
years after World War II.
It is time that route 7 and 11 resume their original operating
patterns, running length of Park Boulevard, to provide expedited
service to and from Downtown. Two shorter routes should replace
route No. 11, whose one - way travel time from terminus to
terminus - La Presa to San Diego State University - is
approximately one hour and 40 minutes, a long drive for bus
drivers. Ridership is strong from Downtown but drops off north of
Park and University.
My suggestion is to operate route No. 11 from La Presa to Park
and Polk Avenue with a second route from Downtown - from either
Seaport Village or City College.
- To SDSU. Not only will drivers get relief from such a long
route, it will be easier for students and residents to travel
and from Downtown, saving everyone about 10 minutes of travel
(Summer 2001 The Transit Times)
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