San Diegans Fight Rail|Through Downtown Park


SAN DIEGO (CN) – Federal plans to add 11 miles to a San Diego trolley line will damage the environment of the city’s downtown Rose Canyon Open Space Park, a nonprofit claims in Federal Court.
     The popular park in central San Diego features a 3-mile running and biking trail through a canyon.
     The Friends of Rose Canyon claim the Federal Transit Administration’s approval of a new 10.9-mile rail line with nine new stations will hurt the park, its human users and animal dwellers, and was done improperly.
     They claim an inadequate environmental impact statement violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the U.S. Transportation Act.
     The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project would extend the Trolley Blue Line from the Santa Fe Depot station in Downtown San Diego to the University Towne Center Transit Center in University City.
     Friends of Rose Canyon seeks declaratory judgment, costs, and wants construction enjoined until the FTA complies with the federal laws.
     They are represented by Everett DeLano of Escondido.

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