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The Golden Triangle is going through a period of tremendous growth! Nearly 50 major public, private and transportation infrastructure projects are underway or planned over the next five years. The Shift team is here to help mitigate the impact of possible challenges created by construction and provide transportation choices to make it easier to get around. Check out the shift blog to stay up-to-date on the latest Golden Triangle transportation resources and experiences from commuters, residents and families in this area.

    The Golden Triangle In 2019 and What's to Come Through 2021
    by Shift San Diego | Mar 12, 2019

    The Golden Triangle In 2019 and What's to Come Through 2021

    It’s no secret that the University City and La Jolla neighborhoods are currently experiencing a tremendous period of growth, and this transformation is moving the community forward, full-steam ahead. With so many big and small improvements, it is exciting to look back to see the progress that has been made. That’s why we put together a recap video of all the 2018 projects – the community is bustling, and good headway is being made. As we look onward to this year, we are confident that this momentum will continue.

    Read more about where we are now and what's to come in 2019!



    Mar 12, 2019
    The Cut and Cover Tunneling Method for the Mid-Coast Trolley Underpass
    by Shift San Diego | Mar 11, 2019

    The Cut and Cover Tunneling Method for the Mid-Coast Trolley Underpass

    Tunneling Through to Make Way for a New Line

    The Mid-Coast Trolley project extends new trolley line service from Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University City community. At La Jolla Colony Drive, the line will pass under the street – where the Mid-Coast Trolley Underpass will be constructed through the cut and cover tunneling method. This is the only 0.03 miles of the 10.92 miles of new trolley line that are underground.


    Click here for more fun facts about this tunneling technique and its use as part of the Mid-Coast Trolley project a La Jolla Colony Drive. 


    Mar 11, 2019
    Shift Monthly Construction Update - February 2019
    by Shift San Diego | Feb 28, 2019

    February 2019 - Shift Program Construction Update

    We’re excited to share updates on some of the major projects that will bring access to new community amenities and resources in your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the work featured during this month's update and other work schedules, contact Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD.
     
    Visit ShiftSanDiego.com or follow @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on construction impacts in the area.

    Read more



    Feb 28, 2019
    Interview with Adrian Cortez, Gilman Drive Bridge Resident Engineer/Construction Engineer Manager
    by Shift San Diego | Jan 31, 2019

    Interview with Adrian Cortez, Gilman Drive Bridge Resident Engineer/Construction Engineer Manager

    img_Gilman_before_after_v1Q: How long have you worked for Caltrans? What led you to pursue a career in construction management? What projects do you currently oversee?

    AC: Just last month, I hit my 20-year anniversary as a bridge engineer with Caltrans in the Structure Construction division. What originally led me to pursue a career in construction as a resident engineer is the opportunity to make a positive impact with projects that affect the traveling public. I really enjoy my work, and I like that as engineers for the state, we are public servants. 

    As a resident engineer, we are responsible for delivering the project on schedule, ideally even when unexpected delays or construction issues may arise. I find project management extremely rewarding – when I meet the budget, help keep the contractor on schedule, and collaborate with colleagues and the contractor to problem solve, it gives me a sense of fulfillment. It’s also really important that we, as taxpayers, are getting an excellent product that will last for generations.

    We are about to wrap up a major 25-month bridge project that I’ve been a lead on: the Gilman Drive Bridge. So at present, I’m beginning a new project as the structure representative for a section of the light rail from La Jolla Colony Drive to Nobel Drive that has shotcrete walls, a cut-and-cover tunnel, and two small bridges. 

    Read the full interview to learn more about the Gilman Drive Bridge and the intricacies of bridge construction. 


    Jan 31, 2019
    Shift Resources for La Jolla and University City Residents
    by Shift San Diego | Jan 31, 2019

    You may have noticed the various construction projects underway in the University City and La Jolla neighborhoods. With a combination of small intersection improvements and large-scale overhauls to improve traffic flow and connectivity, like the Gilman Drive Bridge or the Mid-Coast Trolley, you may be wondering how to plan around roadway disruptions throughout the area.

    Learn more about the resources available for residents, businesses, and commuters impacted by these construction projects.



    Jan 31, 2019
    Shift Monthly Construction Update - January 2019
    by Shift San Diego | Jan 31, 2019

    January 2019 - Shift Program Monthly Construction Update

    We’re excited to share updates on some of the major projects that will bring access to new community amenities and resources in your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the work featured during this month's update and other work schedules, contact Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD.
     
    Visit ShiftSanDiego.com or follow @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on construction impacts in the area.

    Read more.


    Jan 31, 2019
    What Motivates You to Walk or Bike to Work?
    by Shift San Diego | Jan 11, 2019

    It’s tough trying to stay active while juggling work and home responsibilities. Who has the time or energy to squeeze in a gym workout after sitting through bumper to bumper traffic for an hour?

    Click here for our top 10 reasons why you should get outside and walk or bike to work (at least once a week).



    Jan 11, 2019
    The 411 on 511
    by Shift San Diego | Dec 17, 2018

    Having car trouble? Out of gas? Flat tire? Call 511!

    Drivers stranded on freeways in the San Diego region can dial 511 from a cell phone for FREE roadside assistance. SANDAG, in partnership with Caltrans and CHP, operates a Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) that provides free roadside assistance to drivers stranded along approximately 222 miles of local freeways in San Diego County. The FSP operates Monday through Friday from 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., except on Federal holidays. With SB1 funding, a pilot program will expand hours to midday and weekend service. Midday service from 10-2 on weekdays will start on July 1, and weekend service from 10 – 6 will start on August 1.

    FSP’s crew of certified drivers help with:

    • A gallon of gas
    • A jump start
    • Water for the radiator
    • Changing a flat tire
    • Towing to a safe, pre-determined location designated by CHP (if they can’t get your vehicle running)

    For help, simply call 511 and say, “Roadside Assistance”.

    FSP tow or pickup trucks are white with the statewide FSP logo on the door. Drivers wear blue uniforms and yellow safety vests and are not allowed to accept tips or payment.

    For more information, please visit 511sd.com/aid.

    Did you have a positive experience with one of our FSP drivers? Email us to let us know!

    Photo of SANDAG 511- Freeway Service Patrol Program - San Diego, CA, United States

    Call 511 from any phone to be also connected toll-free to public transportation, traffic conditions, iCommute, FasTrak®, Compass Card, and a Spanish menu.

    Additionally, go to ShiftSanDiego.com to learn about other commuter resources here, such as:

    • Construction information for the Golden Triangle/University City area
    • Vanpool subsidy (up to $400 a month)
    • Guaranteed Ride Home Program (for those who commute alternatively to work)


    Dec 17, 2018
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