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New tram service begins in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO -- On Dec. 9, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria welcomed a fleet of three brand-new trams that have since begun shuttling passengers across Balboa Park free of charge. The trams come after former mayor Bob Filner’s removal of parking in the Plaza de Panama earlier this year, among several moves geared toward creating a more pedestrian-friendly Balboa Park.

“One thing everyone can agree on is that Balboa Park is the crown jewel of our city, and making sure every San Diegan and every visitor can easily access the center of the park must be a priority,” Gloria said at the unveiling of the tram service. “Our new trams will make that possible.”

The trams — large, 72-person vehicles coated with a bright-green paint job — will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., picking up at two stops every 10 to 12 minutes. They will loop from the Inspiration Point parking lots to the Plaza de Panama next to the Mingei International Museum, although another stop at the parking lots near the Air & Space Museum may be added.

Read the full story on SDGLN media partner San Diego Uptown News HERE.