SANDAG is set to begin construction this month on the mid-city rapid bus project. The bus line, funded with the region’s TransNet sales tax and the Federal Transit Administration, will speed up transit from San Diego State University to downtown via El Cajon and Park boulevards.
The new route will have fewer stops, synchronized lights and, in some spots, separate bus lanes in the median. SANDAG officials say it should feel like using the trolley, just without the tracks.
“It’s a new type of bus line that we really haven’t done in San Diego yet,” said SANDAG Director of Mobility Jim Linthicum. “It’s going to be a bus that has a lot of design elements and features that resemble what the trolley has.”
Bus stops along the route – many currently consist of signs with schedules – will get makeovers, adding shelters, seats, landscaping and more gathering space. They’ll be some of San Diego’s first stops to offer digital, real-time tracking of buses.