OLD TOWN TRANSIT CENTER
The Old Town Transit Center is located at 4005 Taylor Street.
This station serves as the western terminus of San Diego Trolley’s Green Line. It is also the northern terminus for most trips on the popular San Diego Trolley Blue Line.
San Diego Northern’s Coaster also serves the station. Most Coaster Trains will board from track #3, though some southbound trains board from track #4.
A limited number of Amtrak Pacific Surfliners service the Old Town Station. Most of these trains serve the station on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, although train #596 stops at the station on all days.
MTS Bus routes 5, 6, 9, 26, 28, 34, 35, and 908 serve the station. Selected trips on some of these routes do not operate the entire length of the route.
Bus, Trolley, and Coaster Service hours are as follows:
Monday through Thursday service consists of eleven round-trip trains with northbound service from 6:38AM to 6:50PM and southbound service from 6:13AM to 6:26PM.
Friday, two additional trains are operated later in the evening in both directions.
Service on Fridays operates from 6:13AM to 11:46PM southbound, with northbound service operating from 6:38AM to 12:10AM.
Saturdays, service operates four round-trips.
Southbound service operates from 10:27AM to 6:26PM and northbound service operates from 10:50AM to 6:50PM.
Additional trains operate for Padres Baseball, Super Bowl, Major League Baseball All-Star Game, World Series, and Street Scene, as well as other events in downtown San Diego, Old Town, and Mission Valley.
Sunday and Holiday service is not provided on the Coaster, however, when Christmas and New Year’s Days fall on a Sunday on the calendar, there will be a modified six-train schedule operated on the Monday following each of these holidays. A modified eight-train schedule operates on Thanksgiving Friday.
San Diego Trolley:
Two lines serve the Old Town Station. The Green Line operates between Old Town, Mission Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, and Santee seven days a week, although some late night and early morning trains also operate to Qualcomm Stadium Station.
Green Line service operates from 4:15AM to 12:00AM on weekdays, with the 11:00PM, 11:30PM, and 12:00AM trips operating to Qualcomm Stadium only.
Green Line weekend service operates from 4:30AM to 12:00AM, with the 10:30PM trip operating all the way to Santee on Saturday night only. On Sundays and Holidays, this trip operates to Qualcomm Stadium only. All trips between 11:00PM and 12:00AM operate to Qualcomm Stadium only.
Green Line trains will board from track #1.
Blue Line service operates to Downtown San Diego, South Bay Communities, and the San Ysidro International Border.
Most trains on the Blue Line originate at Old Town, though there are eight round-trips that continue through to Qualcomm Stadium, with two additional afternoon eastbound trips.
Through trains to Qualcomm Stadium will board from track #1 while all trains originating at Old Town, and the selected through trains from the Valley will board from track #2.
Mission Valley Blue Line Morning Service operates from 6:33AM to 7:52AM.
Mission Valley Blue Line Afternoon Service operates from 4:03PM to 5:22PM.
Blue Line service operates from 4:45AM to 11:45PM daily. The trains, which operate between 12:15AM and 2:00AM, operate on the Blue Line to Santa Fe Depot and then enter the Orange Line, providing direct service to Seaport Village, Convention Center, Gaslamp, and Imperial Terminal.
On Saturday nights, two additional trains are operated between Old Town and San Ysidro. One of these trains is a through train at 12:45AM, while the other is a train-to-train transfer at 3:00AM to 12th & Imperial with a continuing connection to San Ysidro.
Trolley Fares range from $1.00 to $15.00 including multi-ride daily passes. For single-trip and round-trip fares, these tickets are valid only for the date of initial sale. All higher value multi-ride daily pass tickets are valid for up to four days from the date of initial sale. Tickets are not sold aboard the trolley and must be purchased from ticket machines on the station platform prior to boarding the train.
Important notice to Wheelchair Users:
Green Line trains operate with either low-floor cars or the older-style lift-equipped car. The wheelchair boarding on low-floor cars may be accessed from the center doors on each car, where the wheelchair lift boarding is from the leading door on the leading car only. Blue Accessibility squares are painted on the station platform, station side on track #1 and Coaster Side on track #2.
Note: Retractable U-2 Model Car Steps will not deploy at Old Town due to the height of the station platform.
Yellow directional mats are also located on the station platforms next to the blue squares to guide visually impaired riders to the nearest train doors.
S-70 Car Ramp Deployment: Both of the center doors of each car on S=70 equipped train consists have blue buttons located near the doors. Pressing the blue button will deploy an accessibility bridge plate to allow a wheelchair rider to board the train.
Wheelchair Handling Capacity: U-2 Cars can only accommodate two wheelchair riders. SD-100 Model Cars can only handle three wheel chairs. The new S-70 sets on the Green Line have a total capacity between both cars on the train of 8 wheelchairs (four per car). This capacity is increased to twelve wheelchairs during special events when a third car is added to these sets. Each S-70 car has four wheelchair stations inside.
Notice for Coaster Wheelchair Users:
Coaster trains will board wheelchairs from mini-high platforms on the station platform. The conductor deploys a manual ramp to provide a bridge between the train and the station platform. Due to the trains all being five cars, it is temporarily necessary to make a second spot to place the train in the proper position for the ramp. Please wait for an appropriate precede signal from the train conductor before boarding the train.
Notice for Surfliner Wheelchair Users:
THERE IS NO MOBILE-LIFT AT OLD TOWN TO ACCOMMODATE HORIZON-FLEET EQUIPPED TRIANS. IF ONE OF THE TRAINS SCHEDULED TO STOP AT OLD TOWN IS EQUIPPED WITH HORIZON FLEET EQUIPMENT, WHEELCHAIR RIDERS SHOULD TAKE THE COASTER TO SOLANA BEACH OR BLUE LINE TO SANTA FE DEPOT TO BOARD THEIR TRAIN.
For Surfliner equipped trains, where the floor is slightly lower than the floor of the Coaster Train, the train conductor deploys a folding ramp. Each car comes with two wheelchair spaces.
Business Class accommodations are located at the SOUTH end of all Surfliner Equipped Trains. Again, if Horizon Fleet equipment is being operated, the Business Class car will be located at the NORTH End of the Train.
WEEKEND AMTRAK TRAINS:
Trains depart at:
4:07PM to Goleta
5:28PM to Los Angeles
6:28PM to Los Angeles
Trains arrive at:
9:58AM from Los Angeles
11:06AM from Los Angeles
12:16PM from Goleta
DAILY LATE NIGHT AMTRAK SERVICE:
12:38AM from Los Angeles.
METROPOLITAN TRANSIT SYSTEM BUS SERVICE:
Nine bus routes connect the Old Town station with various locations in the surrounding area:
Additional summer service is operated on Saturdays only on route 34 between June and early September from Old Town to the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.
Additional evening trips are added to route 9 between Old Town and Pacific Beach.
Route 5 operates in both northbound and southbound directions from the Old Town Station.
Southbound service links Old Town with Middletown, Little Italy, downtown San Diego, East Village, the Stockton and Mount Hope neighborhoods, Southeast San Diego, Webster, Oak Park, and College Grove.
Northbound service links the Old Town station with western Linda Vista, Bay Park, Clairemont, University City, University City Village, and University Towne Center.
Southbound weekday service operates from 5:12AM to 10:17PM.
One additional southbound trip, operating to the Euclid Avenue Trolley Station only departs at 2:52PM.
Northbound, Route 5 splits into two routes at Governor and Genesee:
One branch of the route operates to University Towne Center while the other operates to University City Village and the Gullstrand Canyon residential area.
Northbound Weekday service on the University Towne Center Branch operates from 5:16AM to 10:10PM.
Northbound Weekday service on the University City Village Branch operates from 6:22AM to 6:34PM.
On weekends, every other trip serves the University City Village Branch enroute to UTC. Both Branches of the route also offer combined service on some weekday trips.
Combined service on weekdays provides one northbound trip at 5:34PM.
Combined weekend service operates on weekends operates from 5:52AM to 8:46PM, Although the final two trips of the night do not service Stresseman Street and Pennant Way in University City.
Service to University Towne Center only operates from 9:24AM to 7:16PM.
Route 6 operates from Old Town through Mission Valley and North Park to the 32nd Street Naval Station and Nassco Ship Yards area in Barrio Logan on weekdays. Some late night weekday service operates to 35th & University in the Mid-City area and some weekend service also operates 30th & Redwood area in South Park.
Through service to the Barrio Logan area has two southern terminal points depending on the time of the day.
Trips departing the Old Town Station between 5:53AM and 11:48AM operate from Old Town to 28th & Boston Street, near the Harborside Trolley Station.
Trips departing from the Old Town Station between 12:18PM and 5:50PM operate to the Pacific Fleet Trolley Station on 32nd and Harbor Drive only.
Route 6B service operates daily as a “short-turn” to 35th & University Avenue in the Mid-City area only.
Weekday service consists of one westbound early morning trip and four westbound late night trips. Eastbound service, on the other hand, consists of eight evening trips between 6:20PM and 10:50PM. The last three of these trips operate hourly at :50 past the hour departing the Old Town Station.
Weekends and Holidays, Route 6B operates every hour at :47 after the hour from 6:47AM to 9:47PM, except service operates every 30 minutes between 6:47PM and 8:47PM. Returning service from 35th & University on weekends operates from 6:29AM to 8:55PM, primarily operating once an hour at :55 after the hour with one additional trip at 6:29AM.
Route 6A operates weekends and holidays only as a “medium-distance turn-back” between Old Town and 30th and Redwood Street in the South Park area. Service on the Boundary, Thorn, Nile, Vine, and Redwood Street portion of the route south of Swift and Wightman Streets operates on weekdays as part of route 965.
Service on this segment also operates hourly departing Old Town at :17 past the hour from 7:17AM to 6:17PM. Returning service to Old Town departs 30th & Redwood from 7:23AM to 7:19PM.
Most trips on route 9 operate between Old Town and Mission Boulevard at Sapphire Street in southeastern La Jolla. There are some trips, however, which operate only as far as Ingraham & Garnet in Pacific Beach.
On weekdays, through service operates from 6:16AM to 9:16PM.
On weekends, through service operates from 6:57AM to 9:16PM.
Route 9B is operated as a “medium-distance turn-back” to Ingraham and Garnet only.
This service primarily operates on the earliest morning and latest evening trips.
Weekday morning service consists of one morning trip at 5:46AM and two late night trips at 9:46PM and 10:46PM.
Weekend morning service consists of one morning trip at 5:57AM and tow late night trips at 9:46PM and 10:46PM.
Returning weekday service consists of two southbound morning trips at 5:07AM and 6:17AM.
Returning weekend service consists of one morning trip at 6:29AM and one late night trip at 10:18PM.
Route 26 operates from the Old Town Station to Cabrillo National Monument.
Weekday Service to the National Monument departs the Old Town Station from 5:48AM to 4:48PM.
Weekend Service to the National Monument departs the Old Town Station from 6:17AM to 4:47PM.
Route 26A operates as a “short-turn” to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Point Loma.
Southbound weekday evening service consists of three trips from 5:18PM to 6:18PM.
Returning northbound weekday service consists of one morning trip at 5:48AM and one evening trip at 6:21PM.
Weekend and Holiday southbound service consists of one morning trip at 7:37AM and three evening trips from 5:17PM to 6:17PM.
Weekend and holiday returning northbound service consists of two morning trips at 7:48AM and 8:18AM and one evening trip at 6:20PM.
** Late night weekday service along West Point Loma Boulevard is offered by route 34B. **
Route 28 operates along Rosecrans Street to the San Diego Submarine Base on Point Loma.
Weekday service operates from 5:15AM to 10:46PM.
Weekend service operates from 6:16AM to 10:46PM.
Route 34 operates from the Old Town Station through Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla to the Westfield Shoppingtown University Towne Center.
Weekday through service to University Towne Center operates from 5:30AM to 7:00PM.
Weekend through service to University Towne Center operates from 5:45AM to 6:00PM.
Route 34A operates as a “short-turn” service from Old Town Station to Herschel and Silverado Streets in La Jolla. Service operates every half hour from 5:50AM to 7:15PM on weekdays and from 6:45AM to 6:15PM on weekends.
Route 34B is a combination route which combines the route 34 with the West Point Loma Boulevard segment of route 26. This service is a late-night variation of the 34 route.
Weekday service operates from 7:30PM to 12:30AM.
Weekend service operates from 6:30PM to 12:30AM.
Route 34C is a seasonal Saturday only Short-Turn service which operates during the summer only.
Route 35 operates between Old Town and Sunset Cliffs. Service on the through trips terminates at Froude and Devonshire Drive.
Weekday Through service operates from 5:42AM to 6:17PM on weekdays with hourly mid-day service.
Weekend Through service operates from 7:02AM to 5:46PM.
Route 35A operates as a “short-turn” service from Old Town to Ebers and Point Loma Avenue in Ocean Beach only.
Weekdays, there are two periods of time with short-turn service, that also consist of additional early morning southbound trips from Ocean Beach to Old Town.
Mid-Day weekday service operates from 8:16AM to 2:16PM and evening service operates from 6:46PM to 10:46PM. The final three trips operate hourly at 46 minutes past the hour.
Weekend service operates from 6:16PM to 10:46PM with the last four trips operating at 46 minutes past the hour.
Returning 35A service from Ocean Beach consists of two early morning trips at 5:15AM and 5:45AM, mid-day service between 9:15AM and 3:10PM, and later evening service from 7:19PM to 11:19PM, with the last three evening trips operating at 19 minutes past the hour.
Weekend returning route 35A service from Ocean Beach operates from 7:20PM to 11:20PM with the last four trips operating at 20 minutes past the hour from Ocean Beach.
On weekends, there is one morning 35A southbound trip from Ocean Beach at 7:01AM.
Route 44 operates from Old Town to the Clairemont Towne Square shopping center on Clairemont Drive north of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. Service on this route also serves University of San Diego and Mesa College. Madison High School is also served on this route.
Weekday service operates from 5:42AM to 10:47PM.
Weekend service operates from 6:59AM to 10:46PM.
On weekdays, all returning trips operate through from Clairemont Towne Square Shopping Center, however, on weekends, the very first early morning trip originates from Balboa Avenue and Charger Boulevard at 6:32AM.
The last two trips on weeknights depart the Old Town Station hourly at 47 minutes past the hour.
ATC/VanCom operates route 908. This operator maintains their own separate Lost and Found and Customer Service number. Articles found on buses operating on this route are turned into ATC/VanCom and NOT To the Transit Store. Passengers wishing to claim lost articles may call 619-427-6438 or 1-800-409-3310. ATC/VanCom is located at 2750 Main Street in Chula Vista.
Route 908 operates from the Old Town Station to Highland and University Avenues, just west of 45th Street In the Mid-City area via Hillcrest and North Park.
Weekday service operates from 6:01AM to 11:05PM. Service on weekdays operates every 15 minutes from the start of service until 8:01PM with 30-to-45 minute service provided later in the evening.
Weekend service operates from 6:32AM to 11:05PM. Returning weekday service departs University and Highland Avenues until 10:01PM, with service returning every 15 minutes until 7:46PM. The last five trips each weeknight operate every thirty minutes. Weekend return service operates every thirty minutes from 5:40AM to 10:01PM.
OLD TOWN STATE HISTORICAL PARK AND BAZAAR DEL MUNDO:
The Old Town State Historical Park, located directly across Congress Street from the front of the station, is the home of the world famous Bazaar del Mundo, which contains shops, restaurants and boutiques. Old Town, itself has various restaurants that are not contained within the state park boundaries that provide a variety of food ranging from fast food and convenience items to casual and full service dining.
LOMA PORTAL/MIDWAY DRIVE/MISSION BAY PARK AREAS:
A wide variety of different types of restaurants are available on the west side of the tracks in Loma portal, as well as in the Midway Drive and Mission Bay Park areas.
SEA WORLD CALIFORNIA:
San Diego’s popular marine theme attraction, Sea World is located on South Shores Drive in Mission Bay, near Perez Cove. The park is served daily by route 9, which provides half-hourly service.
Park hours vary, with longer hours during the summer and Christmas Holiday seasons.
COCA-COLA SOFT-DRINK MACHINES:
Both Coca Cola Soft drink and Dasani Water or PowerAde Juice machines are located at various locations around the station area.
Pay phones are located at various locations around the station area.
OLD TOWN DEPOT:
The Old Town Depot is located at the north end of the east platform. It is open daily from 6:30AM to 7:30PM. A variety of Sandwiches, snacks, and beverages are served at the station snack shop. Bus passes and Old Town Trolley Tour Tickets are also sold at the depot.
TAXI CABS, JITNEYS, AND SHUTTLES:
There is a taxi stand on the east side of the station, as well as one on the west side. All Jitneys board on the west side of the station. UCSD Medical Center has an hourly shuttle van that boards on the Congress Street Side of the station. University of San Diego has shuttles that pick up from both sides of the station.
MANUAL SALE TROLLEY TICKETING BOOTHS:
The station is equipped with Manual Sale Ticket booths at various locations around the station. These booths are open for service during peak special event travel periods in downtown San Diego, Old Town, and Mission Valley, and their main purpose for avoiding over-taxation of ticketing machinery at the station.
COASTER FARE MEDIA:
Coaster fares range from $1.75 to $144.00. Discounted fares are available for those making ten trips and for those passengers who make more than fifteen round-trips in a month. Discounts for seniors and juveniles are also available with proof of age required.
ALL INDIVIDUAL COASTER TICKETS ARE VALID FOR 90 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF INITIAL SALE.
ALL TICKETS EXCEPT FOR MONTHLY PASSES MUST BE VALIDATED IN RED POSTS ON THE STATION PLATFORMS BEFORE BOARDING THE TRAIN.