Hillcrest Introduces Trolley to Ease Parking

By Diana Guevara and Sarah Grieco
|  Friday, Mar 15, 2013  |  Updated 11:59 AM PDT
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Hillcrest introduced a new way to ease parking in the popular dining neighborhood.

Hillcrest introduced a new way to ease parking in the popular dining neighborhood.

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A San Diego neighborhood has introduced a trolley to its streets to ease parking in the area.

Hillcrest launched its free trolley today that will run from 6-10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Residents and community leaders said they hope to ease parking problems in the area.

“You figure people that are riding the trolley -- that's taking a car off the street, potentially -- and that's freeing up a parking space,” said Benjamin Verdugo with Uptown Community Parking District. “So more people that know about this, that ride the trolley [and] use other means of transportation besides their automobile, it's a good thing for Hillcrest.”

The free trolley will run on University and Washington avenues from First Avenue to Normal Street.

The group Park Hillcrest also launched a campaign for visitors to find parking online using their website. The site will show where there are metered spaces throughout the area.

Uptown Community Parking District gets a percentage money from the meters it and the city gets a percentage, so it can pay for projects like this.

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