These are the suburbs where the number of people looking to buy has soared

first_imgPopularity is building for houses in Dakabin, where this home at 19 Vibrant Court is listed for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auDEMAND for property has jumped more in Dakabin north of Brisbane than any other suburb within 30km of the Brisbane CBD.New figures released by property listing website, realestate.com.au showed that Dakabin houses received an average of 471 visits per property during the period – up 102 per cent since October last year.In Chuwar there was an average of 537 visits per house – 88 per cent higher than six months ago.It was many of greater Brisbane’s more affordable suburbs which recorded the increase in viewings during the period.Fitzgibbon, which has a median house price of $470,000 was next on the list, with an average of 560 views, 81 per cent higher.In the unit market Daisy Hill experienced the biggest jump in demand of 217 per cent with an average of 466 views per property in the past six months.It was followed by Mackenzie which increased 215 per cent with 564 average views and then Boondall which was up 88 per cent with 225 views.Unit demand has grown in Daisy Hill, where this unit at 20/18 Daisy Hill Rd is under contract. Picture: realestate.com.auWHERE DEMAND HAS GROWN (houses)Dakabin 102%Chuwar 88%Fitzgibbon 081%Kallangur 78%Karalee 72%Deagon 71%Mount Cotton 70%Kuraby 70%More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoBarellan Point 69%Carseldine 68%WHERE DEMAND HAS GROWN (units)Daisy Hill 217%Mackenzie 215%Boondall 88%Deagon 85%Bridgeman Downs 81%Doolandella 75%Murrumba Downs 64%Mango Hill 61%Ormiston 57%Fitzgibbon 55%Source: REA Grouplast_img read more

Baseball legend Dave Nilsson hits home run on waterfront property

first_imgFile shot of Dave Nilsson #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers standing ready at bat during a game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Illinois. Picture: SuppliedHE was once the second highest paid Australian athlete in the world, so it’s not like he needs the money, but legendary baseballer Dave Nilsson has added another million-plus to his name.His investment property at Bollard Circuit, Clear Island Waters, has gone under contract within 24 days of being put up for sale at a price of $1.65 million.The Bollard Circuit home at Clear Island Waters. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThe Bollard Circuit home at Clear Island Waters. Picture: Realestate.com.au Whitewashed kitchen with water views. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Bollard Circuit home at Clear Island Waters. Picture: Realestate.com.auSports starts kicking property goals…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-28:2a044ef731e7805c170836da Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 Related videos Mr Nilsson bought the 884sq m block for $275,000 in November 2000, and built a luxury four bedroom home on it the following year – complete with a floating pontoon off the 20 metre wide water frontage. The home has the potential for a fifth bedroom, given the separate downstairs office has its own ensuite.Mr Nilsson’s property was built as a two-storey with a double garage and has multiple formal and informal living zones, a media room, waterfront pool, large master bedroom with “panoramic water views”, a contemporary kitchen, and dual front access.Panoramic water views. Picture: Realestate.com.au The home is on the market for the first time ever. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe price was less than 11 other five bedroom homes sold on the street, three of which fetched upwards of $2m. The highest price fetched for a five bedroom home in prestigious Bollard Circuit was $2.5m in April last year. The top prices on the street though were $3.05m and $3.87m for larger blocks than Mr Nilsson had.last_img read more

Two-level Queenslander with white picket fence ready for auction

first_img3 Kings Rd, Taringa.He said his favourite spot in the home was the balcony or pool area, to have drinks.“Sitting on the front balcony of an evening watching people going home and enjoying the chilled breezes is nice,” he said.Lori Jones Quality Real Estate – Indooroopilly selling agent Lori Jones said the property was “full of charm, old-world elegance and class”. 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Describing the property as a “beautiful, old Queenslander”, Mr Jones said he had recently painted the property inside and out. Blinds, shutters and airconditioning have also been installed in the home.The circa 1900 Queenslander is spread across two levels. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 20193 Kings Rd, Taringa.Mr Jones said the property would suit a range of people, including a couple with teenagers.“There’s a teenager’s retreat downstairs. Even a university student would really love that space,” he said. 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Mr Jones has owned the property at 3 Kings Rd, Taringa, since 2006.Now retired and living on the Gold Coast, Mr Jones has decided to sell the home via auction on August 12.center_img 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Set on a 683sq m block, the home features a formal dining room, formal lounge, family room, casual living room, colonial-style kitchen, and a wide front and rear veranda.Mr Jones said the swimming pool would come in handy during the summer months. “It’s just beautiful out there,” he said. 3 Kings Rd, Taringa.Greg Jones says his Taringa property could well be every woman’s dream.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is a short three-minute walk from the train station and close to the Brisbane CBD.“You could catch the train to Toowong or Indooroopilly and mosey on around the shops,” Mr Jones said.last_img read more

97-year-old sells home she has lived in since 1925 at auction

first_imgAuctioneer Paul Curtain sells the property at Frank Street, Norman Park as he makes the final winning bid call at $860,000. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AAP)Place — Bulimba selling agent Shane Hicks said the property was as “rare as hen’s teeth”.“The home has character overlay so that it makes an ideal renovator for a family that would love a big block and a beautiful colonial style Queenslander this close to the city,” Mr Hicks said.“The owner moved in when she was five years old and her father built the home.” The home at 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.Ray White — Bridgeman Downs selling agent Sonya Treloar said four registered bidders were on site and a crowd of about 50 people.Ms Treloar said a local couple from the area wanted an acreage property.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a six-car garage and an in-ground swimming pool. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.Award-winning gardens and amazing water features drew the new buyers to 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs. The property went to auction at 10am and sold for $2 million under the hammer. Seller Patricia Coral Mackee and her family with buyers Damien and Vicki Rossi and their son Fionn, and Place — Bulimba agent Shane Hicks at Frank Street, Norman Park. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AAP)The three-bedroom, one-bathroom property on a 810sq m block, was held in the one family for two generations.Ms Mackee, 97, said she had lived at the property since 1925.“This was my mum and dad’s home,” Ms Mackee told The Courier Mail.“I’m in a nursing home now and I’m very sad to leave it. I can remember so many things about being here.“I can remember the murder up the road, the park being filled in — it was a rubbish dump many years ago.” FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. 12 Princess St, Marsden.A three-bedroom, one-bathroom Marsden home, on a massive 1006sq m block, sold for $345,000.The property at 12 Princess St, was bought by an investor.LJ Hooker — Sunnybank Hills selling agent Ben Leong said there were two registered bidders and a small crowd of 10 at the auction.“The investor was bidding on the phone,” he said. The kitchen area at 12 Princess St, Marsden.The highset property backs onto Mudgee Street Park and was marketed as the “perfect place” for investors, business owners and homebuyers.“For investors, this is also a great find, with this home’s dual-living potential offering you the chance to double your money with two separate tenancies at once,” Mr Leong said. Seller Patricia Coral Mackee with buyers Damien and wife Vicki Rossi and their son Fionn at 26 Frank St, Norman Park. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AAP)After 92 years living at her Norman Park home, Patricia Coral Mackee was happy to see it passed on to another family.Her property at 26 Frank St went under the hammer at 9am in front of a crowd of about 30 people.With three registered bidders on site, the home sold for $860,000.center_img Check out the carpet at 22 Castle St, Fairfield. The post-war home at 22 Castle St, Fairfield.A post-war home at Fairfield has sold for a mighty $925,000 in front of a crowd of 50 people.The property at 22 Castle St attracted 17 registered bidders at the 11am auction.Russell Matthews Real Estate selling agent Russell Matthews said about 70 groups of people looked at the property in lead up to the auction. The auction crowd at 26 Frank Street, Norman Park. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AAP)Mr Hicks said the property had to be restored and could not be knocked down or subdivided.New owners, Damien and Vicki Rossi, were keen on the home the first time they saw it.Mrs Rossi, of Camp Hill, said she had not seen the property until last week.“We loved it from the beginning,” she said.“We loved the potential for it to be a character Queenslander.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMrs Rossi and her husband, who have three children, said they were looking forward to calling Frank St their new family home. Trevor and Bev Sunderland at their Bridgeman Downs home which went to auction today. The couple won awards for their landscaping. (AAP Image/Mark Calleja The kitchen at 22 Castle St, Fairfield.Mr Matthews said a local gentleman bought the property and plans to move in and “do it up”.The property is on a 739sq m block of land and has three bedrooms and one bathroom.last_img read more

New home sales on the decline

first_imgThe latest analysis by the Housing Industry Association showed Queenslanders are opting out of buying new homesSales of new homes in Queensland have declined for the third straight month according to a report by industry group Housing Industry Association (HIA).“During August 2017 private new home sales in Queensland fell back by 7.3 per cent according to preliminary figures — the third consecutive monthly decline for the state,” the HIA reported.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe HIA numbers also revealed Queensland’s new home sales fell 21.2 per cent in the three months to August this year.This quarterly outcome was the second largest percentage fall across Australia’s five largest states and territories, with only South Australia having seen a more significant drop.The Queensland result was in contrast to stronger monthly national figures.HIA principal economist, Tim Reardon, said two states pushed up the outcome nationally.“New home sales increased by 9.1 per cent (Australia-wide) last month as a result of very strong results in Victoria and Western Australia, but over the year sales have continued to slow,” Mr Reardon said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Auction action fast, furious in small increments

first_imgThe home at 32 Prince St, Paddington,THE auction of a renovated cottage in Paddington attracted a crowd of about 50 people and some serious buyers, despite a rainy day. The property at 32 Prince St sold under the hammer sold for $961,000.Urban Property Agents principal Daniel Argent said there were 13 registered bidders and proceedings kicked off with an opening bid of $815,000. After that the pace was furious but the increments slight. Most moves ranged from $5000 to $10,000 with eight parties giving it a try.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Auctioneer Sam Devlin declared the home on the market at $910,000. With that information out on the floor, offers ran hot again, but at even lesser degrees.Bids were from as low as $500 up to $4000.The winning bidders were represented by buyer’s agent Meighan Hetherington.“Our clients were attracted to the position with the cafes and boutiques in Paddington — and Paddington, we think, is one of the suburbs that is undervalued currently,” Ms Hetherington said.“The buyers are extremely happy with the purchase. They’re really looking forward to living in the Paddington community.”last_img read more

Insurance bigwig lists Sovereign Islands ‘castle’

first_imgThe mansion is on the market for $3.98 million. Picture Glenn HampsonMr Edwards and his wife Christine snapped up the property at auction in March, 2017.“It was a bit tired but it had such magnificent bones, and I’d just retired and needed a project,” Mr Edwards said.In a fairytale transaction, the couple bought the property that they’d fallen in love with almost ten years prior. It took artisans six months to painstakingly construct the staircase. Owners Peter and Christine Edwards inside 52 Royal Albert Crescent on Sovereign Islands. Picture Glenn HampsonSOVEREIGN Islands is known for its extravagant examples of modernity, so a swirl of turrets and 200-tonne regal stone masonry has to almost be seen to be believed.Resplendent on Royal Albert Cres, the waterfront mansion was the “renovation project” of former chief executive of insurer Cover-More, Peter Edwards. A ‘farmer’s kitchen’.“It took artisans over six months to create the turret alone,” said Mr Edwards.The interior is a mecca of European influence with masterstrokes of elegance.“The tiles are French terracotta, then there’s the handpainted farmer’s kitchen, and the cellar has a Tuscan feel,” said Mr Edwards.“The best we can come up with is it’s Spanish-influenced, but then there’s some Italian, there’s French as well.”What can be agreed on is that the residence is unique.While the Edwards have never lived there, Mr Edwards did use the property to host a memorable conference before his retirement.“It was a fantastic location, at night we found the timber, stone and water together takes on a warmth that’s unusual in most homes,” he said. There are multiple formal and informal living spaces. 52 Royal Albert Crescent, Sovereign Islands.Painstakingly, the residence was repainted, the cedar doors and windows were re-stained, European linens were draped floor-to-ceiling, the garden and front yard re-landscaped and timber and Italian travertine tile floors restored.“You have 100-year-old timber hardwood floors that were fully sanded back and restored,” said Mr Edwards.Whimsical Juliette balconies jut from the facade, while the majestic internal turret spirals underneath a glistening chandelier, leading to the master suite with the same views of South Stradbroke Island as the first floor. The Sovereign Islands residence has been restored. The living area features a fireplace.“When we lived in Brisbane we used to holiday here in 2009, it was rented out by its former owner,” Mr Edwards said.After the Edwards moved to Sovereign Islands, coincidentally on the same street, they kept an eye on their former holiday home.“On the day of the auction, Peter just walked up the road to go to it,” said Mrs Edwards.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“We went from not seeing it for eight years and then driving past it and seeing it in not its best light, to then having the time and the opportunity to restore it,” said Mr Edwards.“It’s been a bit of a project of love.” One of the bathrooms at the opulent property.The property is on the market at $3.98 million, and it can be handed to the new owner turnkey.Before its revamp, CoreLogic records show the property first sold for $3.4 million in 2008, then changed hands for an undisclosed price in 2015 before the Edwards bought it for $2.6 million.The property is being marketed through a joint campaign with Edin Kara from Ray White Sovereign Islands and Ivy Wu from Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents.last_img read more

Former Queensland Governor Leneen Forde sells Gold Coast beach house at auction

first_imgFormer Queensland Governor Leneen Forde.FORMER Queensland Governor Leneen Forde has sold her Gold Coast property of 25 years under the hammer for a record price.Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey bought the beachfront home at 248 Pacific Parade, Bilinga, for $3.1 million at a packed on-site auction on Saturday morning. 248 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said it marked a new record sale for the area.He said the former record was set by a property two doors down at 252 Pacific Parade, which sold for $2.45 million in 2004.“This is a record sale by about $700,000,” Mr Dowker said.“For this size block, it’s a record price by a long shot.” 248 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.The bidding started at $1.5 million and sold in just 15 minutes in front of 200 spectators. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had 14 registered bidders, I’d say about eight of them participated,” Mr Dowker said.The two-storey house, which sits on a 478sq m block, was built in the 1980s and is in original condition. 248 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.He said the property’s prime position and unique features were what made it so appealing to potential buyers.“The house is quite quirky, it’s a little bit different, a lot of people gravitated to that,” Mr Dowker said.Mrs Forde said after the auction that it was the right time to sell her home.“This has been our home since the 1990s but I am getting older and the time has come to sell,” Ms Forde said.center_img 248 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.“It’s always been a happy home but I have a home in Brisbane to go to. “Most of my friends and all of my family are in Brisbane anyway so the time is right.”She was happy for Ms Stuckey and was confident she would take good care of the property for years to come.“It could have been pulled down by a developer but the new buyer will move in and love it for the next 25 years,” Ms Forde said. 248 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.It features spectacular views to Currumbin Alley rock, Burleigh Headland and the Surfers Paradise skyline.Mr Dowker said the home had generate a lot of interest, including from interstate, during its six week auction campaign.“This is my 15th year of selling real estate and it’s one of the strongest properties I’ve marketed,” Mr Dowker said.last_img read more

Palm Beach’s latest development popular with locals

first_imgRenders of Sable at Palm Beach.Fifteen residences have already sold. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago “Many of the purchasers already live in Jefferson Lane,” CBRE residential project marketing director Nick Clydsdale said. “They like that Sable is an owner-occupied focused project.”He said apartments at Sable featured large bedrooms, built-in wardrobes and kitchens with island benches and butler’s pantries.An open-plan design allows for an easy transition between to the outside balcony while floor to ceiling windows allow plenty of light to filter in. Most apartments also offer spectacular ocean views. Renders of Sable at Palm Beach. Renders of Sable at Palm Beach.GOLD Coasters have emerged as the biggest group of buyers at Sable on Palm.The luxury Palm Beach development on 88 Jefferson Lane features 39 two and three-bedroom apartments across seven levels. Renders of Sable at Palm Beach.Palm Beach has had a surge in new apartment projects hitting the market recently. “I think what separates Sable from other projects is it’s a boutique development with a Jefferson Lane address,” Mr Clydsdale said. “There hasn’t been any expense spared in the finishes with huge balconies, timber floors and high ceilings.” Renders of Sable at Palm Beach.Two-bedroom apartments are priced from $560,000 while three-bedrooms are from $1.15 million.Body corporate fees are from $59 per week. An onsite display is open daily from 10-3pm.last_img read more

Seventh heaven as the Trolley keeps growing

first_imgCAPTION: The inaugural SD100 LRV arrives at Qualcomm Stadium carrying VIPs to the MVW opening ceremony on November 20Below: The ex-Santa Fe station in central San Diego is a key interchange between the Trolley, Amtrak, Coaster commuter trains and local busesBelow right: Much of the Mission Valley West line is built on viaduct to avoid environmentally sensitive areas along the San Diego RiverMTDB has a reputation for keeping its Trolley cars clean and free of vandalismAbove: Keynote speaker at the MVW dedication ceremony was US Federal Transit Administrator Gordon LintonBelow left: Centre sidings east of Qualcomm Stadium can hold up to 18 cars ready to handle large crowds at the end of a game, concert or eventBelow: Fashion Valley Centre station has street-level bus loading areas below the station and an aerial walkway link to the nearby shopping complex MISSION VALLEY WEST, the latest link in the constantly expanding web of light rail lines serving California’s San Diego County, opened to traffic on November 23. First day operations were nearly flawless, with standing-room-only crowds by noon.MVW is perhaps the most ambitious project yet undertaken by the Metropolitan Transit Development Board since revenue service began on the initial San Diego Trolley line between downtown and San Ysidro on the Mexican frontier in July 1981. During the past two decades, starting when the MTDB was founded to develop the LRT network, planning and/or construction have been virtually continuous: this is the seventh extension.However, MVW is dramatically different and posed a significant engineering challenge to MTDB. At $220m, the price was quite high compared to the penurious standard set during the construction of previous segments, which were mostly built at-grade along existing railway rights-of-way and city streets.’The extension represents a move away from the use and reuse of existing railroad corridors and trying to fit into existing and future developments,’ says MTDB General Manager Thomas F Larwin. ’The higher cost of this new project is going to prove to be very cost beneficial over time because of the way it fits into development. We will do more to shape travel habits … using transit in more significant ways than I think we have been able to do with existing portions of the system.’MVW required two long and expensive viaducts, both of which include stations. They cross the sprawling car parks of the Fashion Valley shopping centre, which is also the site of a regional transit interchange, and Qualcomm Stadium, home of the city’s baseball and football teams and a projected source of substantial ridership.The scenic route parallels the environmentally sensitive San Diego River, where a number of costly mitigation efforts were required to preserve wetlands and wildlife habitats as well as minimising potential traffic and flooding impacts. In addition, three major bridges and a road underpass were needed. Thus 40% of the 9.8 route-km is located above or below grade and there are just two level crossings.Integrated stationsThere are seven new stations which are located next to various activity venues. These include three large shopping centres at Fashion Valley, Hazard Centre and Mission Valley – the last of these requiring two bridges to take the line across the river. Other stops serve existing and future residential and commercial complexes. Sites for two more stations have been reserved, to serve the Riverwalk Golf Club and the planned Mission City development.The $9.2m station at Qualcomm Stadium has ramps and stairways leading from ground level to a spacious mezzanine circulating area and thence to a wide centre platform and two side platforms. This, combined with sidings at each end having a capacity of 18 cars waiting for an event to end, will allow up to 6000 passengers to be removed within 30min. At other times the stadium’s spacious car park is used as a park-and-ride facility.MVW is expected to generate an average of around 6000 daily boardings. Ridership figures had not been released when this article went to press, but just one week after the opening a November 30 football game saw more than 5 000 fans arrive by rail.Prior to MVW, the Trolley’s average weekday ridership was nearly 56000, with Saturday and Sunday patronage around 90% and 80% of this respectively. An all-time record was reached in July 1997, when weekday boardings for the entire month averaged 62 500. Total traffic for the fiscal year to September 30 1997 was 18.3 million passengers. The Trolley’s farebox recovery rate is currently 67%, which is impressive for North America but below the legendary highs of around 90% recorded during the early 1980s when only the line to San Ysidro was in operation.Concurrent with the opening of MVW, MTDB has initiated a colour coding of its lines. MVW forms part of the 41.1 km Blue line, which runs north from the frontier at San Ysidro via central San Diego to Old Town, then east to Mission San Diego station at the end of the new extension. The 35.8 km Orange line starts from Imperial & 12th and heads west along the Bayside route serving the downtown waterfront, where a large conference centre is located. It then loops back through the city centre and serves various eastern suburbs before terminating in the city of Santee.The two Trolley routes meet at the former Santa Fe railway station, which now forms the city’s central transport hub. There is a cross-platform connection with the frequent Amtrak service to Los Angeles and the Coaster commuter trains to Oceanside. A few steps away are numerous San Diego Transit bus lines.Trams generally operate on a 15min headway, although at peak hours there is a 7.5 min service on the Blue Line between San Ysidro and Old Town. The basic headway falls to 30min during late evenings and weekend mornings, and at all times on the Orange Line beyond El Cajon to Santee.Expansion continuesPlanning is at an advanced stage for two more extensions, known as Mission Valley East and Mid-Coast. The 9.3 km MVE will complete the Mission Valley route, and connect to the Orange line at Grossmont Centre station in the city of La Mesa. In October the MTDB board officially selected light rail as the locally-preferred alternative for this corridor and made it the next construction priority. With an environmental impact report already completed, the next step will be the start of preliminary engineering work later this year.The four-station MVE has been costed at $267m. Much of this is accounted for by a 1.5 km tunnel and station beneath the San Diego State University campus, a first for the Trolley. As with MVW, there will be numerous elevated structures. Construction is tentatively set to begin in 2001 and be completed three years later, although the project might be broken into two segments depending on the availability of funding. However, Larwin is anxious to complete the line earlier if possible, and says he intends to pursue some type of public-private partnership, possibly including a design-build arrangement.The Mid-Coast LRT project will follow the MVE, although the initial three-station segment costing nearly $91m is already in preliminary engineering. This line would leave the Mission Valley route at the San Diego River and head north 5.5 km to Balboa Avenue within the San Diego Northern railway right-of-way, already owned by MTDB. The 11.6 km second segment to University City, with a price tag of more than $264m, will follow an alignment adjacent to the Interstate 5 highway.In the more distant future is a possible spur to the airport, which will be financed by the Port District. This will probably adopt some form of peoplemover to shuttle passengers to the nearest Trolley station. Also being studied is a long inland corridor following Interstate 15 all the way to Escondido in the north of San Diego County. Light rail or higher speed interurban trains are a possibility along all or part of the route but HOV lanes carrying express buses seem more likely, at least as an interim, given the uncertainty of funding at both local and federal levels. A preferred alternative is due to be selected in mid-1999.Future light rail projects yet to be studied include the South Bay Extension, which would loop through National City and Chula Vista, inland from the existing Blue line to San Ysidro. This might also serve a second border crossing point to the Mexican city of Tijuana. The Mira Mesa corridor would extend the Mid-Coast line inland from University City along Mira Mesa Boulevard to meet the I-15 corridor. In a November statement MTDB confirmed its long term goal: ’by 2010, if funding permits, the San Diego region would be served by a 113 km light rail network and a 69 km commuter rail route. This network is incorporated in the Regional Rail Transit Plan, revised every two years by the San Diego Association of Governments.’Widespread and ongoing political support of the Trolley and its programme of incremental expansion has helped lead it to success. It’s a plan which Larwin, who has been with MTDB for 18 years, enthusiastically supports. ’Yes, you make some mistakes but you get a chance to correct them’, he says. ’They’re not as big as they might be if you were to do a real big system all at once. You can learn as you grow. I think it’s proven to be very worthwhile.’last_img read more