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.

Chula Vista City Councilman Rudy Ramirez used his vote on the MTS budget to make a point about how the agency allocates resources. Ramirez says most MTS board members don’t even use public transit regularly, and don’t understand frequent riders’ needs.

Statement: “The existing blue line today is probably one of the best light rail lines in the entire country,” said Gary Gallegos, executive director of SANDAG, in a July 17 interview with Voice of San Diego. Determination: Mostly True

There’s a big and a small vision for how to connect the two.

MTS used to offer free bus and trolley rides on New Year’s Eve to fight drunk driving. But it discontinued the service after Sycuan stopped its sponsorship.