San Diego, like the rest of Southern California, is a car-centric place.
Seventy-five percent of commuters get to work by driving alone. Only 4 percent use public transportation.
But expanding the transit system is both expensive and time-consuming. An 11-mile extension of the trolley’s blue line from downtown to University City is projected to cost $1.7 billion and won’t be done for at least another five years. A new bus network meant to mimic the frequency of a subway won’t cost as much to build, but it’ll take just as long.
But laying new tracks or adding new services aren’t the only ways to change the way local residents travel.