San Diego’s much-maligned transit system is in the process of implementing a series of upgrades.
The trolley’s blue line, the most successful leg of the existing network, is heading toward final approval of an extension that would allow a rider to head from University City, through downtown San Diego, to the U.S.-Mexico border without a transfer.
And construction is now under way on a high-frequency bus line called bus rapid transit, or BRT, that’ll connect SDSU and the mid-city neighborhoods, Chula Vista and Escondido to downtown San Diego. It’s meant to have similar service levels to a rail system, at a fraction of the cost.
As those changes get under way, here’s a look at San Diego’s existing transit system in a national context.