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« on: June 04, 2015, 01:30:42 AM »
It has been over thirty years since I last visited San Diego.  How does one get from the Airport to Hotel Circle?  I hope that getting to and from the airport is not a repeat of Grand Rapids.   I am spoiled.  I live in state where it is possible to get from the airport to the convention center downtown and back without having to take a cab.

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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2015, 03:33:06 AM »
Cab, Uber,  super shuttle or call the hotel about a free shuttle
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2015, 03:56:53 AM »
I figured that San Diego would have a modern public transportation system.  I guess that I was wrong.  The AHA really needs to start to factor transportation into the equation when deciding on where to hold NHC.  In Maryland, it is possible to get from BWI Airport to downtown Baltimore and back via light rail, no cab fare involved.  It appears that San Diego cab fares make Grand Rapids cab fares seem cheap in comparison.  I was quoted $30.00 to get from San Diego Airport to 500 Hotel Circle, a distance of 7.2 miles.  It's cheaper to take a cab in the District of Columbia (which is not necessary because of the Metro).  Washington, D.C. is a lot more upscale than San Diego.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2015, 04:11:33 AM »
The SuperShuttle appears to be the way to go to and from the airport.

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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2015, 05:08:03 AM »
You can't get to/from just about anywhere in CA on public transit. It's kinda sorta lousy and one of the only things about Uber I can praise is that it's deflated to overstuffed charges on taxis out here.
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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2015, 11:37:34 AM »
I'm not sure I would say the shared supershuttle is the way to go at $11... Uber quotes $10-14 and you are not stuck waiting for the shuttle to fill..
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 11:39:29 AM »
Then again... I don't think that uber quote included the $5 airport fee...
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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 01:56:41 PM »
The SuperShuttle appears to be the way to go to and from the airport.
I would check Uber as well, and also consider ride sharing.  It should be fairly obvious who else is an NHC attendee, IME.  ;)  We shared a cab three ways in Grand Rapids and it wound up being less than $15 a person from what I recall.  CA is not a public transport culture (with a few relatively rare exceptions).  If you want to do Uber on the cheap and you don't have an account, sign up with my referral link, and you'll get a $20 credit which should cover your first ride (and I will too).

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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2015, 02:44:27 PM »
San Diego does have a trolley system, but it does not connect to the airport. We might take it before the conference, to check out Old Town and the Gas Lamp District.  We will pick it up near the Town and Country.
http://www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp

Past conferenes that we used public transportation to get from the airport were SF/Oakland, Seattle/Bellevue.
Drove to Philly, could have done rail there. No rail to the Denver airport, but went from the hotel to Downtown twice. Did the train from Ann Arbor to Chicago, blue line up to the Hotel near O'Hare. Drove to Cincinnatti and Minneapolis. So we have been able to go without a car for more than a few conferences.
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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2015, 04:00:40 PM »
Just take Uber; it is usually way less expensive than a cab and pretty fast (even in Los Angeles).
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2015, 04:41:50 PM »
I am not getting into an Uber-contracted vehicle no matter how much cheaper it is than a licensed taxi.  Uber is a completely unregulated service.

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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2015, 05:42:37 PM »
San Diego does have a trolley system, but it does not connect to the airport. We might take it before the conference, to check out Old Town and the Gas Lamp District.

I'll be using the trolley to get around for a couple days beforehand, and to get to/from the conference. The bus (#992) from the airport to downtown runs every 15 minutes, and from there you can pick your trolley line.
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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2015, 05:53:09 PM »
The hotel is at the Fashion Valley stop on the Green Line trolley. I see there is a foot bridge from the station directly to the hotel. Short walk.

Getting from the airport to the Green Line will require the bus trip since it looks like heavily trafficked streets and highways around the airport.

I'm getting there on Tuesday morning and meeting up with Sean T. to crawl a bit of SD. We don't know where we are going.
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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2015, 06:00:41 PM »
This is good information.  I will be arriving with my wife this Saturday and then dropping her and the rental car off at the airport early Wednesday morning.  I will research the bus and trolley option back to the hotel since I won't have any luggage at that point.
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Re: San Diego Public Transportation
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2015, 07:44:58 PM »
Just out of curiosity what regulations do you want from uber? They do perform background checks on the drivers (including county and federal courthouse records, multi state criminal database, sex offender db, lifetime social security trace, motor vehicle records) and the drivers have to have their vehicles inspected (girlfriend is going through the process now)
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