The cost of SANDAG’s highest-profile projects, the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project to extend the Blue Line north to the UCSD campus, is especially high for a light-rail project. But there is a change SANDAG could consider that would reduce the price tag and take advantage of both existing light-rail lines and the Coaster rail line.

Protea Properties is optimistic it’s reached a deal with SANDAG to build roughly 40 condos, retail space and commuter parking for a new trolley station on three and a half acres at Clairemont Drive, on the new $2.1 billion Mid-Coast Trolley line set to open in 2021. The agency had held the threat of eminent domain over the developer’s head for months.

MTS has outfitted its own officers with body cameras since 2014 but still has no official policies guiding their use or the release of footage. Now, it’s outfitting private contractors with cameras too – but that footage will stay private.

The Gillespie Field trolley station is in the northwest corner of El Cajon near its namesake, the Gillespie Field Airport. That’s part of its problem – aside from the airport, there is nothing around. The Gillespie Field station was recently called out in a big transit study as the single most underdeveloped transit area in the state.