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Rapid bus line project to start

SAN DIEGO -- For some, the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project is all about interconnectivity.

That’s what Eric Adams, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) project manager, told local residents about the objective of the project between San Diego State University (SDSU) and Downtown at a June 10 open house, held at the Grace Lutheran Church at 3967 Park Blvd. A second meeting, hosted by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, was held three days later, June 13.

“You’ll have a really good rapid bus transit system that ties SDSU into Downtown San Diego via El Cajon and Park boulevards,” Adams said about the project’s outcome.

Explaining how rapid buses differ from regular Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) buses, Adams said the rapid system will have “express, limited stops with higher-level amenities at stations offering more of a trolley-type feel.”

The $44.5 million project, scheduled to begin construction by the end of June, includes building bus-only lanes on a portion of Park Boulevard, new stations with customized shelters and “next bus arrival” signs, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, and new landscaping, street lights and traffic signals. There will also be installed fiber-optic lines to improve traffic flow along El Cajon Boulevard, and a fleet of new low-floor, natural-gas powered buses will serve the route.

Read the full story in San Diego Uptown News, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.