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.
In branding, San Diego’s Rapid bus looks as sleek as the best bus rapid transit systems. But on the ground, it falls short of the standards for good bus service.
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.
Slowly but surely, Tijuana is building out a functional public transit system, with a BRT system under way and a light-rail line in the works.
City Heights has slowly gotten most of the things it asked for to make up for being cut in half by a freeway expansion – except the art that was supposed to adorn two transit plazas. A new neighborhood group is working to make sure that promise is kept.
The new Mid-City Rapid isn’t much faster or more dependable than the regular bus it replaced, leaving the El Cajon Boulevard community grasping for the transportation solution it was promised, even while it undergoes a development boom.
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.
The idea for a fast bus through mid-city was much more ambitious than the final product. Now some argue it doesn’t even have the right features to call itself “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?
The idea that the new Mid-City Rapid doesn’t really save a meaningful amount of time comes up often. Here’s how much travel time the project actually saves, and how relevant those time savings might be.