Construction for high-speed bus line could slow traffic

New line will run from SDSU to downtown

SAN DIEGO - Construction for a high-speed, limited stop bus line is kicking off at the intersection of 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard.

Once the project is complete, Mid-City Rapid will be able to streamline the trip between San Diego State University and downtown San Diego. The line will run along El Cajon and Park boulevards and will impact people in the College Area, North Park and City Heights.

SANDAG plans to carve out lanes along Park Blvd. dedicated to the buses. In a statement, SANDAG says they will have a new fleet of buses,which will run on natural gas and have a unique look.

The ten-mile project could take a year to complete. SANDAG says fiber optic lines should synchronize traffic signals. According to their website, the full trip should take 38 minutes.

The express buses are expected to run every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours.

In an effort to create faster boarding, SANDAG says curbs will also be modified. The project, which was approved by voters in 2004, will cost $44.5 million. Mid-City Rapid should be ready to ride in 2014.

You can find additional information about the new bus line here: http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?projectid=317&fuseaction=projects.detail

 

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