OLD TOWN TRANSIT CENTER
CITY CODE: OLT
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 8, 9, 10, 14, 26, 28, 30, 35, 44, 105, and 150 Express serves 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 San Diego State University Transit Center Station 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 San Diego State University Transit Center Station only. All trips between 11:00PM and 12:00AM operate to San Diego State University Transit Center station 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.
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 8 is a circulator route operating between Old Town Station and Mission and Pacific Beaches via West Mission Bay Drive and Mission Boulevard. On its return trip, it services Sea World of San Diego:
Some of the trips late at night do not complete the full circle, nor to the enter Sea World.
Weekday Service operates every 15 to 30 minutes, with some late night trips operating every 60 minutes between 5:40AM and 12:30AM.
Weekend Service operates every 15 to 30 minutes with some late night trips operating every 60 minutes from 5:30AM and 12:30AM.
THE LAST TRIP THAT SERVES SEA WORLD OF SAN DIEGO DEPARTS FROM THE OLD TOWN STATION AT 7:45PM.
Route 8 serves Belmont Park and the Crystal Pier.
Route 9 is a community circulator route that operates between Old Town and Pacific Beach via Sea World, Vacation Village, Ingraham Street and Garnet Avenue.
Some late night trips do not make the full loop, nor do they enter the Sea World of San Diego theme park.
Weekday Service operates every 15 to 30 minutes with some late night tips operating every 60 minutes between 5:15AM and 12:00AM.
Weekend Service operates every 15 to 30 minutes with some late night trips operating every 60 minutes from 5:45AM to 12:00AM
THE LAST TRIP THAT ENTERS SEA WORLD OF SAN DIEGO DEPARTS FROM THE OLD TOWN STATION AT 8:00PM.
Route 10 is a limited stop service that operates between the Old Town and Washington Street Trolley Stations and University Avenue and 60th Street in the Rolando area. Buses make limited stops on University between Park Blvd. And 60th Street. Service west of Park Boulevard makes local stops to Old Town Station. THIS ROUTE REPLACES FORMER ROUTE 908, WHICH OPERATED ON MIDWAY DRIVE, AND OPERATED ONLY AS FAR EAST AS 45TH STREET.
Weekday Service operates every 15 to 30 minutes between 6:00AM and 11:48PM.
Weekend Service operates every 15 to 30 minutes between 6:31AM and 11:16PM.
Route 14 operates between Old Town and Baltimore Drive & Lake Murray Drive in the city of La Mesa. Note: As of June 2008, this route no longer operates south of Baltimore & Lake Murray Boulevard to Amaya Drive station and weekend service no longer operates east of San Diego State University. Every other weekday trip also no longer operates through to La Mesa, and terminates at 70th Street Trolley Station. This route operates via Hotel Circle, Fashion Valley, Hazard Center, Mission Valley, Rio Vista, and Fenton Marketplace Shopping Centers, Qualcomm Stadium, Grantville, Kaiser Hospital, Allied Gardens and Del Cerro. Weekday service also operates through Montezuma Mesa and Rolando areas.
Weekday service operates every 30 minutes with some late night trips operating every 60 minutes from 5:50AM-9: 48PM, with selected trips operating only as far as Fashion Valley.
Weekend service operates every hour throughout the day in both directions, between 7:18AM and 9:18PM, with one early morning trip operating only between Old Town and Fashion Valley.
Route 28 operates along Rosecrans Street to Shelter Island Marina. Service to Cabrillo Monument and the Sub Base has been replaced by new route 84. Passengers bound for these destinations must transfer to route 84 on Shelter Island Drive and Scott Street. There is now additional rush hour service on this route on weekdays, southbound in the morning and northbound in the afternoon.
Weekday Service operates every 30 minutes with morning southbound rush hour and northbound evening rush hour service every 15 minutes from 5:50AM to 10:50PM.
Weekend Service operates every 30 minutes from 6:20AM to 10:50PM.
Route 30 operates from the Old Town Station through Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla to the Westfield Shoppingtown University Towne Center.
Route 30 operates as an express between Old Town Station and Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach. This route contains a south branch, which operates along Nobel Drive through La Jolla Colony in the evening.
Route 30 between VA Hospital and University Towne Center operates on
La Jolla Village Drive.
Southbound Service operates as an express from Old Town Station to Front and Beech Streets in downtown San Diego.
Weekday Northbound Service operates from 5:16AM and 7:00PM, with three later trips operating to Felspar Street in Pacific Beach Only.
Weekday Southbound Service Operates from 5:233AM and 12:44AM.
Weekend Northbound Service operates from 6:14AM and 5:44PM.
Weekend Southbound Service operates from 5:44AM and 12:44AM.
Route 30A is the route 30 Late night Service deviation that operates via Nobel Drive and La Jolla Colony Subdivision.
Route 30A operates on 30 minute headways throughout the late evening.
Weekday Service operates every 30 minutes between 6:15PM and 12:15AM.
Weekend Service operates every 30 minutes between 6:14PM and 12:16AM.
Route 35 operates between Old Town Transit Center and Point Loma Avenue and Ebers Street in Ocean Beach via West Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs Boulevards and Cable Street.
Weekday Service operates every 30 minutes between 5:47AM and 10:47PM.
Weekend Service operates every 30 minutes between 7:16AM and 10:47PM.
Route 44 operates from Old Town station to Clairemont Square, on Clairemont Drive just north of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. THIS ROUTE NO LONGER SERVES LIMERICK AVENUE, CHANDLER DRIVE, CHARGER BOULEVARD, HATHAWAY STREET, AND ASHFORD STREET. SERVICE HAS REPLACED A PORTION OF FORMER ROUTE 25 BETWEEN CONVOY STREET AND LIMERICK AVENUE ON CLAIREMONT MESA BOULEVARD.
Route 44 operates via Mesa College and Convoy Street.
Weekday service operates every 15 to 30 minutes between 5:45AM and 11:05PM, with the final two trips operating 60 minutes apart.
Weekend service operates every 30 minutes between 7:02AM and 11:07PM.
Route 84 is a community shuttle circulator that operates between Shelter Island and either the Cabrillo National Monument or the Naval Submarine Base on Point Loma and connects with Route 28 for service to and from Old Town at Shelter Island Drive and Scott Street.
SUB BASE SERVICE:
Weekday Sub-Base Service operates every hour between 6:42AM and 5:44PM.
Weekend Sub-Base Service operates every hour between 7:44AM and 5:44PM.
CABRILLO MONUMENT SERVICE:
Weekday Cabrillo Monument Service operates every hour between 7:13AM and 5:13PM with some trips operating only as far as the Space and Naval Warfare System Center on Point Loma only.
Weekend Cabrillo Monument Service operates every hour between 7:13AM and 5:13PM with some trips operating only as far as the Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center on Point Loma Only.
Route 105 operates between Old Town Transit Center and University Towne Center via Morena Boulevard, Clairemont Drive, and Governor Drive.
Weekday service operates every 30 minutes between 5:15AM and 10:12PM.
Weekend service operates every 30 minutes between 6:18AM and 9:18PM.
THIS ROUTE REPLACES THE NORTHERN SEGMENT OF FORMER ROUTE 5.
SERVICE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON STRESSEMAN STREET, PENNANT WAY, AND GOVERNOR DRIVE WEST OF REGENTS ROAD, NOR IS IT AVAILABLE ON GOVERNOR DRIVE, KANTOR STREET, GULLSTRAND STREET, AND OR PAVLOV AVENUE IN NORTH UNIVERSITY CITY.
Route 150 is an express service that operates to UCSD and University Towne Center. This route operates as a “true express”.
University City service is operated on Gilman and La Jolla Village Drives.
ROUTE 150 DOES NOT OPERATE ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.
Route 150 operates every 60 minutes during the mid-day. Peak hour service is operated every 15 to 30 minutes.
Northbound service operates between 6:14AM and 6:18PM.
Southbound service operates between 6:28AM and 7:05PM.
OLD TOWN STATE HISTORICAL PARK AND PLAZA DEL PASADO:
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 $154.00. 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.