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All Public Transportation in San Diego County and almost all buildings are "Accessible" for those with disabilities. All who may need assistance will receive it, not only by employees but also the average person on the street.
I can walk, but do have some limitations and ocassionally I use a wheelchair to get around. This year for my five days at Comic-Con, I needed to use my wheelchair or I wouldn't have been able to see and do as much.
The first photo shows the "old" system of boarding the train in a wheelchair, by the use of a lift. The Trolley system is being upgraded at the moment and soon all Trolley cars will have a drop-down ramp for wheelchair/motorized cart riders. Also, this ramp can be deployed by anyone who has trouble stepping up the stairs.
County wide, the buses also have a hydraulic- lowering mechanism to drop the floor of the bus to street level so the wheelchair can just roll in.
The really awesome factor is the eagerness people have to help any one with any type of disability. It's quite humbling.
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The Gaslamp Quarter has become so popular a place that it is more difficult to get around these few blocks by car. Parking has become obscenly expensive in some sections, even Valet parking can take a chunck out of your evening's budget. These pedi-cabs are a fun way of getting around. They are easy to find. Located on the corners of most streets in the Gaslamp, except at peak hours when you'll see them all in service and either you wait patiently for one to unload customers or walk. Try it at least once!
They can also be found at the Harbor, around the USS Midway, basically in the tourist areas of down town SD. Also, you can call one of the Pedicab companies for a ride in other areas of down town.
The last time I talked to one of these driver's the average cost for a ride was about five dollars per person, to get in, then the price would depend upon how far you wanted to go.
They also offer tours of this section of San Diego that might be interesting to you.
This young man, I think his name is Josh, but I can't remember for sure, was waiting for customers, just at the Fifth Avenue Trolley station to offer rides to any getting off the Trolley on their way to Comic-Con 2014. He was a really nice guy. We had a bit of a chat and he updated me about the charges and the other Pedi-cab drivers.
The "Rate Sign" on the vehicle is a requirement issued by the city regulators and he uses it as a "suggestion/guideline." He said that he didn't charge as much as most do because he's not a gouger and it is possible to negotiate the price of a ride. Sometimes the price is, per person and sometimes the price is pre ride.
The Red Trolley Dressed for Comic-Con
San Diego has a light rail system with plans of expanding.
The BLUE LINE runs approx. north/south from American Plaza station downtown to San Ysidro/the International Border.
The ORANGE LINE runs approx. east/west from the Santa Fe Depot downtown to the El Cajon Transit Center.
On 10 July 2005 the GREEN LINE opened.an extension from (The Trolley Transit Station) at 12th & Imperial/Downtown to Santee via Old Town and has stops at San Diego State University, (SDSU) and Grossmont Center and Grossmont College.
Compared to European Metro Systems, our light rail is far behind, but compared to past years and many other cities in the US, the system is much improved.
Many of the SD Trolley stations serve as a Hub for City buses, so transfering from one to another is easy and useful. Several stations have large parking lots offering free parking.
Phone: (619) 233-3004
Some people use hot air balloons, most use cars. What ever you use, be sure to have insurance. By law, it is mandatory and you never know what might get in your way.
San Diego City and County covers a large space. The way things are spread out it is much faster and easier to get around by car. Also, there are many laws that may be different from those you are used to. Let this not daunt you or make you feel insecure. Many people from other countries drive here with no probems at all.
I'll just mention a couple of things that might be useful. If you'd like to see all the rules and regualtions check out California DMV (Every state in the USA has a DMV site, because the rules/laws in each state can be different.)
Newer rules are, Stoppiing for a school bus:
When the school bus is stopped and it's red lights are flashing, you must stop too, even if you are going in the opposite direction.
All Children under five years old must be in a car seat. No child should be in the front seat with an active air bag.
You must slow your speed or move to a further lane in all road constructions areas.
You must have insurance on any car you drive. I mention this because if you rent a car, the car company will offer to sell you an insurance policy. You don't have to buy theirs, but you must have at least liability insurance by law.
Many credit cards offer insurance on a rented car so check with your credit card company to see if that is offered to you before paying the extra insurance from the car rental company. Also, your own personal car insurance company may cover a rental car (or any car you drive) while you are driving it. This can really save on the cost of renting a car.
Type: Car/Motor Home
Cinderella Carriages can be seen on the streets of downtown, especially between Seaport Village and the San Diego Harbor area.
These carriages are normally used for special ocassions, but for some time now they have been stationed at the center of Seaport Village for anyone to hire for a short ride around the downtown Harbor area. The price for these rides is not as expensive as renting a carriage for something like delivering the bride to her wedding, but the romantic aspects are no less enchanting.
Also, the price of a ride changes so you'll have to ask the carriage people before boarding to determine if it is worth it to you.
Phone: (619) 239-8080
The Coronado Ferry crosses the San Diego Bay between San Diego and the city of Coronado. It is one of three ways to travel between these two cities. The ride takes about fifteen minutes and the ferry crosses the Bay every hour, all day between the hours of 9:00 am and 10:00 pm. It is a pedestrian ony ferry, but bicycles are allowed with no extra charge.
The ferry docks at the Broadway Pier in San Diego and at the Ferrylanding Market Place in Coronado.
Phone: (619) 234-4111
San Diego's public transportation has improved over the years and now it is easier--even if slow--to get around the city and county of SD.
Not many people in San Diego, who can afford to travel around the world, use public transportation here. Nor do many people who own a car. I do have a car, but there have been times that I've had to rely on public transportation so I have a better idea of it's value in San Diego.
First I will say that our system, which is probably among the best on the West Coast, it is not nearly as convenient as in Europe, which I have also used while there. Also, if you have the use of a car here I'd say it is the best way to get around.
Now, back to the bus. Buses run throughout the county and many of their Hubs (Transit stations) are located at one of the SD Trolley stations, so the connecting aspect is pretty good in general.
At the Transit 511 website you can easily find out how to get from one place to another by useing their Trip Planner. If you do not have Internet service while traveling, you can call the regional Transit Information phone number found below to have your questions answered, as well as route schedules and times.
THE TRANSIT STORE is located downtown at 102 Broadway at First street. There you can buy passes, ask questions and pick-up route pamplets free of charge.
Phone: (619) 233-3004
The Coaster is basically a comuter train that connects Oceanside to downtown San Diego. It offers a few morning trips from San Diego to Carlsbad and Oceanside with stops in between. It is economical and a great solution for those who would like to see these destinations and who must rely on public transportation. The price at this time is up to $5.50 one way and a day pass is $11.00 which would be best for people making various trips in one day.
Check out the website, below, for schedule/fare information.
I'll mention here that if you want to take a trip up the coast from San Diego, to maybe Los Angeles, the Surfliner might be the way to go. There are about twelve departures a day, so pretty convenient too.
Other Contact: (760) 966-6500
Phone: (619) 233-3004
Most of the larger/chain hotel/motels and some of the smaller ones, in San Diego, will offer some sort of shuttle to/from the airport and in some cases around town. Until recently, most offered the service free of charge. Some still do.
Be sure to check with your hotel for this option and ask if they charge or not. The Holiday Inn on the SD Bay makes such an offer and is a convenient place to stay if you want to be in the Downtown or Harbor area.
However, there are other Shuttle companies around town that will charge for the service but might be worth it if your's is a large party with lots of luggage.
Of course, the vehicle pictured here will not be the one sent to the airport for you! They have vans for that service.
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