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The San Diego area is served by one international airport. This airport is located close to the city's central business district and consists of three terminals. Domestic flights are handled in terminals one and two while all international flights are handled only in terminal two. Terminal three is reserved for commuter flights. Most major world airlines depart and arrive from San Diego International, but Southwest Airlines is by far the airports main airline with almost 40 percent of flight traffic. The city is currently in discussion concerning the possiblity of moving the airport away from its central location. Options include building a new airport facility in an area outside the city limits.

Bus service in San Diego is provided by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Busses are readily available, and the bus routes travel throughout the city to all business centers, hospitals and major attractions. Day passes are available as are monthly passes for those who need to use the bus a long term transportation option.

The San Diego Trolley is a light rail system utilizing three regular routes and one special events route. The Blue Line operates from the Mexican border in the south. It travels through Petco Park to the Old Town Transit Center. The Orange Line operates between 12th and Imperial Transit Center to Gillespie Field. The Green Line travels between the Old Town Transit Center and Santee Town Center. The Special Events Line is used mostly when the San Diego Padres and Chargers are playing home games. Each line makes several stops along its route. Trolleys operate throughout the day, and just like the bus service, day passes and monthly passes may be purchased.

Besides the light rail trolley system, there is a commuter rail system known as Coaster that runs between San Diego and Oceanside, California with stops in between. The route begins in San Diego at the Santa Fe Depot. Stops in San Diego include Old Town and Sorrento Valley. Upon arriving in Oceanside, commuters have the option of taking additional routes to destinations farther north. A full one way trip on Coaster takes approximately one hour.

Taxi service in San Diego is regulated by the Metropolitan Transit System. Taxi service is readily available throughout the city and surrounding suburbs.

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