This post has been updated.
Nearly a year since it first graced El Cajon Boulevard with its presence, the Mid-City Rapid 215 hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.
And those expectations had a long time to incubate. The Rapid project, which was supposed to be the boulevard’s faster, rider-friendly transit solution, was more than 10 years in the making. Initial plans included a dedicated lane for buses and transit stops with fancy ticketing machines to get passengers on board a little more quickly.
For the most part, the bus doesn’t travel in its own lane and the machines never came to fruition, and as Zoe Schaver reports, it doesn’t look like they’ll be added anytime soon. And while reliability was a big selling point ahead of the Rapid’s debut, the buses themselves have only been on time 84 percent of the time on average in the last nine months, according to MTS data.
Point: San Diego’s Primary System Is Broken
For some races in San Diego, an outright winner can be declared during the June primary if a candidate sweeps more than 50 percent of the vote.
Democrats and the labor crowd in town have a problem with that, and they’re pushing to change the City Charter to rid San Diego of that particular rule. Lower turnout during those June primaries means the outcomes don’t necessarily reflect voter sentiment, Councilman Todd Gloria has argued, and Councilman David Alvarez aired similar complaints on our podcast last week.