The Uptown Community Parking District has partnered with the UC San Diego Health System and the Hillcrest Business Association to pilot a project that aims to shift the demand for parking spaces during weekday lunch hours.
Effective immediately and running through July 31, a free trolley will loop through Hillcrest connecting major employment hubs and residents with the Hillcrest business core from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm Monday-Friday.
"We are grateful for this community partnership that will provide new transportation options for our employees and visitors, as well as the broader Hillcrest community," said Aaron Byzak, director of government and community affairs for UC San Diego Health System.
Elizabeth Hannon, COO of the Parking District, “We surveyed local employees and discovered that there are hundreds of drivers that bring their cars into Hillcrest for lunch. With our free parking shuttle, employees and residents can hop on the 10-minute Lunch Loop and be dropped off just steps from more than 50 restaurants. The Parking District is interested to see if we can decrease the number of cars circling the business core looking for parking and make having lunch in Hillcrest an easy choice.”
The trolley can be tracked live by downloading the free and simple Park Hillcrest App, available online at www.ParkHillcrest.com. Users can view the routes, stops and see the location of the trolley along with parking lots, on-street parking and validation programs in Hillcrest.