Focus on the Future 2019


Self-Help Counties Coalition will be working with the host county to set-up interesting and timely tours of various projects taking place around the area. Please see details below regarding each tour.





Historical Tour of the Hotel del Coronado

Tour Times

  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 
  • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM 
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

Max # of People: 20 per tour 

A living legend for 131 years, The Del celebrates its rich heritage as the proud host to iconic celebrities, royalty and beach-loving families through timeless experiences that resonate with modern-day guests. Experience the legend through The Del’s Legendary Tours, which brings life to the resort’s rich heritage, local legends and most notorious phantom Kate Morgan. Discover all of the inDELible moments in history through an in-depth, docent-led walking tour of the Victorian building and gardens, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look.


Bayshore Bikeway Tour

Tour Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Max # of People: 25

The Bayshore Bikeway is a regional corridor that will eventually extend 24 miles around San Diego Bay, providing a vital and scenic connection to major bayfront employers, as well as tourist and recreational destinations. Approximately 17.5 miles of bike paths have been built to date.

The bikeway travels through five cities including San Diego, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Coronado, and National City. The Bayshore Bikeway is a regional asset that also is part of the California Coastal Trail, an initiative of the State Coastal Conservancy to create a 1,200-mile network of public trails from Oregon to Mexico.

SANDAG staff will lead tour participants on a 4 mile bike ride along a scenic portion of the Bayshore Bikeway from; Imperial Beach to Chula Vista — the tour would begin with participants boarding a shuttle at the hotel that transports them to Bikeway Village in Imperial Beach (about 15-minute shuttle ride). Bikeway Village has some nice amenities and would be a good point to get refreshments before the ride. We could start with a brief presentation/Q&A at Bikeway Village, possibly including someone from the City of Imperial Beach or Bikeway Village to talk about their development so far, followed by an approximately 4-mile ride to the Chula Vista Bayfront Park.

This option would also provide a nice opportunity for the City of Chula Vista to talk with participants about the exciting new developments that will be coming to this portion of the bikeway in the near future, show renderings, etc. Then participants would shuttle back to the hotel (about 20-minute shuttle ride). 

On the tour, participants will learn about the history of the Bayshore Bikeway, including the project’s conception in the 1970s, the progress over the last several decades, as well as plans for future projects that will eventually complete the 24-mile bikeway. The tour will also include conversations about the San Diego Regional Bike Network and other efforts to create a safe, convenient, and pleasant bikeways for people of all ages and abilities to ride throughout the San Diego Region.

*Could discuss other bike info like infrastructure and facility types, multi-jurisdictional involvement in the process of designing/building bikeway, as well as a discussion on the complications/challenges of building bikeways in San Diego.


Mid-Coast Trolley

Tour Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

Max # of People: 35 


The Mid-Coast Trolley project is the largest transit project in the history of the San Diego region. The fully-funded $2.17 billion project will extend UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley service from the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego north to the University community area, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, Mission Bay, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, and University Towne Centre. The Mid-Coast Trolley extension will improve access to growing employment, educational, and residential areas by offering a one-seat (no transfer) ride from the U.S./Mexico Border all the way north to the University community, the San Diego region’s second densest residential area and a major employment hub. Mid-Coast Trolley construction began in fall 2016 and reached its halfway point in spring 2019. The project is currently within budget and anticipated to complete on time, with service expected to begin in late 2021. 

On the Mid-Coast Trolley tour, you will travel along the length of the Trolley alignment to see current construction progress. The tour will pass all nine new Trolley stations and will allow for three stops. We will begin at the UTC Terminus, the last station on the future northbound Trolley route. From there, we will follow the structure north along Genesee Avenue, where crews are currently pouring concrete and removing falsework. We will travel past the Executive Drive station and onto the UC San Diego campus, where trackwork is underway at the Voigt Drive and Pepper Canyon stations. Our first stop will be at the VA Medical Center station, where you will have the opportunity to walk along the Trolley viaduct. We will then travel south, passing by the Nobel Drive station and continuing to our second stop at the Trolley flyover, where the future Trolley will travel up and over the existing heavy rail that runs along Rose Canyon. From there, we will travel south through the Morena Corridor to view construction progress at the Balboa Avenue, Clairemont Drive, and Tecolote Road stations. Our third and final stop will be at the San Diego River Bridge, where the Trolley and heavy rail will one day travel side-by-side over the river.

Special Note: The tour will include stops at active construction sites. To ensure that you are able to access the sites, it is essential that you wear long pants and flat, thick-soled shoes (boots are preferred, though tennis shoes will suffice). We will provide all other personal protective gear.


North Coast Corridor Tour

Tour Time: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM 

Max # of People: 28  

The North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program is a 40-year, $6 billion balanced set of transportation, environmental, and coastal access projects designed to improve the quality of life for residents, create a stronger local and regional economy for the future, and enhance the coastal environment. Build NCC is the first phase of construction of the Caltrans and SANDAG North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program underway in the cities of Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Carlsbad in northern San Diego County.

On the Build NCC tour, you will see a package of active and recently completed Build NCC construction projects. At our first stop, we will visit the San Elijo Lagoon highway bridge where crews are replacing the existing bridge with a new lengthened and widened bridge that will accommodate HOV/carpool lanes and improve lagoon tidal flows. Next, we will travel west to the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center to learn how crews are working to restore the San Elijo Lagoon. Afterwards, we will drive by the completed San Elijo Lagoon Double Track Project where crews added a second rail line track and improved pedestrian accessibility at the Chesterfield Drive rail crossing. From there, we will make our way north adjacent to the completed Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail, a 1.3-mile shared bike and pedestrian pathway overlooking the ocean. Finally, we will make our way back to Interstate 5 to see crews building critical mobility improvements and connections under the freeway, and actively working within the highway median to extend the HOV/carpool lane in each direction.