The new Mid-City bus line was once to imagined to be a robust transit system with exclusive lanes and pre-boarding payment options. But compromises have been made as the new bus line has developed, Andrew Keatts reports, and that’s thrown the line’s “rapid transit” label into question.
“Bus rapid transit has four essential elements: dedicated lanes, pre-boarding payment, bus priority at intersections and platform-level boarding,” according to The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy.
The Mid-City line has some of those qualities, and that’s good enough for SANDAG, which doesn’t care for the “rapid transit” label and is set to rename all of its new-fangled bus lines under the name “The Rapid.” The Mid-City line will have exclusive lanes in some places, and bus drivers will have a way to signal traffic lights in order to get priority.
• A different transit corridor is ruffling some feathers in the UTC area. The disagreement is between residents and the Mormon Church over a trolley extension project that recently changed to put the trolley further from the church and closer to residences.
Talking Teacher Evaluations
San Diego Unified School District’s contract with the teachers union expires in June, and this week we saw the district’s first proposal for a new contract appear. This proposal is special for two reasons, Mario Koran notes; one, this is Superintendent Cindy Marten’s much-anticipated first labor negotiation with the teachers union. But even more interesting was the district’s proposal for redesigning the system for evaluating teachers.
Currently, “principals visit classrooms once every year or two to see how teachers are leading class,” Koran writes. The principal then grades the teacher’s performance. Under the new contract, the district wants “to include feedback from students and parents” as part of those evaluations. It’s sure to cause a fight — the union has even promised one. The teachers union president said the teacher evaluation was his “biggest disappointment” with the proposal.