The 215 Rapid bus averages only 12 mph. It’s not much faster than a cyclist. Offboard ticket purchasing and allowing all passengers to board at any door could speed up service. There are more radical — and controversial — solutions San Diego could try, too.

Even as the urban neighborhood has become a sort-of template for city planners, it’s still facing some of the usual tensions as it tries to map out its development future. The dispute is a reminder for the city that cutting greenhouse emissions in half is harder than simply announcing it wants to.

A new transportation option is coming to San Diego at the end of the summer. Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia bring you up to speed on bus rapid transit.

Our region’s elected officials continue to support a “freeways-first” transportation plan. Why aren’t we adopting a “transit first” policy when surveys show most of us want a working transit system?