El Cajon Boulevard has a ways to go before it becomes the transit corridor planners envision.
Now close to a year old, the Mid-City Rapid 215 hasn’t made taking the bus any easier, keeping the boulevard car-centric and thwarting its future as a dense urban village.
The new transit line isn’t much faster or more dependable than the regular bus it replaced, leaving the boulevard community grasping for the transportation solution it was promised, even while it undergoes a development boom.
The Rapid project, which took a decade to develop, was meant to follow the bus rapid transit, or BRT, model. Initial plans promised a dedicated lane for buses and transit stops with ticketing machines that would speed up the boarding process. Instead, it has a dedicated lane for a short stretch, but shares the road with other cars for most of its route.