SAN DIEGO-Talks aimed at securing six acres near Interstate 15 for a transportation center will begin this month — apparently ending chances for a hotel at the site.

The Metropolitan Transit Development Board will begin negotiations with property owner Win & Long Times aimed at turning the site on West Bernardo Drive into a $500 million transportation center.

Landowners hoped to build a 138-room Homewood Suites by Hilton. However, about a year ago, the transit board chose the site for a bus station and a 250-car parking lot.

The transit center, which would take up to 10 years to build, is part of a plan to reduce traffic congestion in the I-15 corridor.

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