Alternatives emerge for the San Diego transit hub

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding San Diego’s growing streetcar system, there is still no connection to the airport.

SANDAG wants to rectify this glaring omission by building a large transit center with a direct tram to the terminals on land owned by the Navy near the old town.

“As soon as I realized the opportunity and the potential to redevelop this site and do so in partnership with the Navy, I supported this plan,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, a member of the Navy. board of directors of SANDAG.

The Navy wants that to happen too. After all, that would increase the value of his 70 acres, which he wants to redevelop into housing, commerce and a new NAVWAR headquarters. Cyberspace, manned and unmanned aircraft operations can now be found in the crumbling WWII building that stretches west of I-5.

“Obviously, we have a mandate to recapitalize these aging vessels for NAVWAR not only so that NAVWAR can continue to fulfill its mission in the Navy, but also so that it can contribute to the economy and the labor market in the Navy. San Diego area, ”said Dennis Keck, director of the Navy Southwest Region.

But earlier this week SANDAG CEO Hasan Ikhrata said Voice of San Diego’s negotiations with the Navy were not going fast enough and there were lockdowns on land values.

On Friday, SANDAG unveiled two new alternatives for the mobility hub: at the Port of San Diego headquarters on the Pacific Highway, and downtown, the most dense area in the region.

Ikhrata was not available for an interview, but Navy and SANDAG board members reaffirmed their connection at Friday’s meeting and stressed the alternatives were necessary due diligence.