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TROLLEY - San Diego

TROLLEY

What is a trolley in San Diego? By Trolley Review

They don't have a tram, they have a trolley in San Diego. It's rather a city train with numerous stops, I could say.
Fast and comfortable transportation between downtown (Gaslamp District) and San Diego County vinicities.

There are two lines:
Orange Line
Blue Line

Their routes are partly the same in the downtown area, Blue Line goes very, very close to Mexican border crossing point (Tijuana).
Look at the map:
http://www.sdcommute.com/RiderInfo/trolley/trolleymap.asp

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Trolley ticket machines - San Diego

Trolley ticket machines

Trolley fares By Trolley Review

Trolley FARES are based on trip distance. One way ticket (round trips are not permitted) is from $1.25 to $2.50.

$1.25 is for a trip within Downtown San Diego, or 1 station.
Notice: Downtown San Diego cash fare allows unlimited rides (including round trips) within the Center City area only for two-hours from the time of ticket purchase.

How to buy tickets?
See the Trolley route map posted on the ticket machines at each station and buy your ticket (valid 2 hours) - pay by coins or notes ($1, $5, $10 or $20).

More on fares:
http://www.sdcommute.com/RiderInfo/fares/index.asp

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Iris Avenue trolley stop - San Diego

Iris Avenue trolley stop

Look for your trolley station By Trolley Review

If you already know your route by a trolley/bus, and would like to go directly to the map and schedules go to:
http://www.sdcommute.com/RiderInfo/routes/mapstts.asp

You will find your trolley station there. Waiting for a trolley don't be surprised when you see people (tired?) who take a nap there :-))

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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My Buick Centry - San Diego

My Buick Centry

What car did I finally rent? By Car Review

Do you need a car in San Diego? NO, public transportation is efficient.

I finally rented
Buick Century in Budget rent a car agency not to drive around San Diego but... over 11,500 miles around the West and the Southwest of the USA.

Why just at Budget? Hmmm... Linda's son helped me a lot. He called to many rent a car agencies and I finally chose Budget because of the best price (they gave me a good discount). I was looking for a comfortable midsize car with unlimited mileage with possible driving to Canada (I was going to drive at least to Vancouver).

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.dot.ca.gov

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  • Updated Jul 23, 2003
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Airplane over Balboa Park - ready to land - San Diego

Airplane over Balboa Park - ready to land

Airport close to downtown Flight / Airport Info Review

Lindbergh Field is the major airport in San Diego and is served by all major airlines with direct non- stop service to cities in the U.S., Hawaii, Canada (Toronto), Mexico (Baja California) and the United Kingdom.

What a surprise - in contrast to many other USA cities - it's located very close to a downtown, at the Pacific Coast ---> easy and fast access to the city. Take a bus 922 or a taxi or a shuttle. Shuttle and bus service in and near the airport offers access to hotels and locations in and around San Diego.

Landing airplanes go from the inland, they take off towards the Pacific Ocean.


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Phone: (619) 400-2400

Type: Airplane

Website: http://www.san.org

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  • Updated Jul 23, 2003
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MY  CAR  IN  FRONT  OF  VONS  SUPERMARKET - San Diego

MY CAR IN FRONT OF VONS SUPERMARKET

My first driving :-) Information / Sources Review

When I finally rented a car - Buick Century I surely had to drive it :-).

Better do not ask me how did I use its breaks (too strong), how many times I was looking for manual transmission with my right hand, how many times I used wrong lights etc. But... it was not so difficult at all to adjust to quite new car and quite new traffic. Finally I drove over 11,500 miles this car.

Especially parking a car was quite easy: a lot of space for my car as you can see on my picture - my first parking lot in front of VONS supermarket on the way to... Mexico.


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Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.dot.ca.gov

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  • Written Jul 23, 2003
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45  ZONE  AHEAD - San Diego

45 ZONE AHEAD

Slow down! Road Rules Review

Slow down! 45 (miles per hour) ZONE AHEAD! it seems that they don't like number "0" - usually speed limits are 25, 35, 45 etc. mph (miles per hour). Hmm... I don't like "0", too - especially when I check my bank accounts after coming back from a holiday :-).

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Website: http://www.dot.ca.gov

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2003
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Rand McNally San Diego City map - San Diego

Rand McNally San Diego City map

Maps of San Diego Information / Sources Review

Driving around San Diego area I used San Diego City Map issued by Rand McNally. It costs approx. $3 and is easy available at each gas station - better to buy it before you enter San Diego.

It's a detailed map of the whole huge area of San Diego and surrounding cities (Chula Vista, Coronado, National City, Imperial beach). The map is printed on both sides with one way streets marked. It contains street index, Southwest USA mileage chart, detailed map of San Diego downtown and less detailed map of San Diego far vinicities.
A must when you drive there, I suppose.

If you use public transportation and you are interested in a few areas of San Diego (like downtown, ZOO, Balboa Park, Coronado Island) buy smaller map(s) of this/these area(s) and/or transportation maps.
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Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.dot.ca.gov

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  • Updated Jun 14, 2003
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DO  YOU  WANT  TO  STUDY LAW? - San Diego

DO YOU WANT TO STUDY LAW?

How to drive around? Information / Sources Review

Hmm... I do not recommend to drive around any bigger American city including San Diego without a detailed map (= a big one hehe, not so easy to use even inside american size car).
Or if you are in more modern mode use GPS (satellite navigation system) - expensive? I don't know but it can help you to survive your marriage (if you drive with your wife hehe).

But if it happens to you (for example you are so excited or busy driving that you forgot to buy the map in advance) there are signs to exits leading to some main points of interests (Downtown, Sea World etc.) at least in San Diego area.

Usually they sign exits to colleges and univercities as well - do they support/publicize their educational institutions in such way? or maybe many sporting events take place on university/college grounds?

The city of San Diego is kinda huge (from the north to the south end of the city, at about 60-65 mph, it'll still take you about 35-40 mins drive on the freeways.

From Chris (balfor):
We have road signs pointing to almost everything. Any major (for that area) historic site, a good spot to take photos, a rest area (and whether or not they have vending machines) colleges, shopping malls, hospitals, airports, train stations, etc are all graced with a sign on the interstate. If it is a direction type of sign, like to another road/highway or a town, the signs are green. If it is to an entertainment place or a school, it will be brown. (like to colleges, amusement parks, zoo's or just regular parks) and if it is to a service place like a retaurant, gas station or a hotel it will be on a blue sign.
Thank you Chris!

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Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2003
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YIELD - San Diego

YIELD

Don't look for YIELD signs Road Rules Review

It seems that they very rarely put "YIELD" road sign. This one on my picture i found inside San Diego ZOO.
There are very many "yield" signs in my homecountry and other European countries.

From Chris (balfor):
Yield signs - Generally, you won't find these on busy roads at all unless they are on a merge/acceleration lane. Once you get out of high traffic areas, they become a little more common but you will still find them used more on a turn lane than to control the flow of traffic through an intersection.
Thank you Chris!
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Website: http://www.dot.ca.gov

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2003
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