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SANDAG gets final approval on trolley extension project

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An environmental impact report for the extension of the San Diego Trolley's Blue Line from Old Town to UC San Diego and University City has received final approval from the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors.

"We have been working toward this milestone for many years," said Supervisor Ron Roberts, who chairs a group that is overseeing the project. "We look forward to securing federal funding for the project next year and starting construction on this long-awaited regional transit project."

The Federal Transit Administration gave its assent to the environmental document last month.

SANDAG can now work on final engineering plans and seek funding from the FTA, which is expected to cover half the project's nearly $2 billion price tag. The rest will come from the TransNet regional half-cent sales tax.

When the extension is completed, the Blue Line will run from San Ysidro to Westfield UTC in the Golden Triangle. New stations would be built at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, Nobel Drive, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pepper Canyon for the west side of the UCSD campus, Voigt Drive for the east side of UCSD, Executive Drive, and the UTC mall.

Construction is scheduled to start late next year.

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