Need to get to Comic-Con? Transit, parking info

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 14:45:44-04

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SAN DIEGO -- The Metropolitan Transit System will be making it easier for Comic-Con crowds to travel to and from the downtown Convention Center on the trolley, with increased service Wednesday through Sunday and mobile ticketing through smart phones.
With the "mTicket," app, passengers can purchase and store transit passes on their smartphones and purchase multiple passes on one phone, making it easy to travel with friends and family.
The Green, Orange and UC San Diego Blue Lines will depart all stations every 15 minutes most of each day. Train frequency will increase to every 7 1/2 minutes during peak travel times on the Green Line and UC San Diego Blue Line.
The last trains to depart downtown San Diego will be after midnight. The Green Line's Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter Trolley Stations provide direct access to all the activities.
Trolley stops with large numbers of free parking include:
-- Qualcomm Stadium: 5,000 free parking spots;
-- Old Town Transit Center: 412 free parking spots;
-- El Cajon Transit Center: 469 free parking spots;
-- Massachusetts Avenue Station: 241 free parking spots;
-- Palm Avenue Station: 499 free parking spots; and
-- Bayfront/E Street Station: 267 free parking spots.
MTS has also printed a limited quantity of commemorative Comic-Con day passes.
While Comic-Con International officially opens Thursday, the annual preview night will be at 6 p.m. tonight for season pass holders, with sneak peeks of five upcoming television series.
Additionally, the North County Transit District will have special service for visitors from the North County during the convention.
NCTD officials say a special non-regularly scheduled northbound train will depart Santa Fe Depot on Saturday evening at 9:15 p.m. Amtrak Rail-2-Rail trains that typically accept COASTER fare will not do so July 21-24.
Passengers can purchase a RegionPlus Day Pass for $12 at ticket vending machines located at COASTER and SPRINTER stations. These passes cover all-day usage of the COASTER, SPRINTER, BREEZE, as well as MTS Trolley and buses.