San Diego Business Journal

SANDAG, MTS Launch New Rapid Bus Service Along I-15

By SDBJ Staff Monday, June 9, 2014
The new Rapid bus service will run from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. (Photo courtesy of the San Diego Association of Governments)

The new Rapid bus service will run from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. (Photo courtesy of the San Diego Association of Governments)

The San Diego Association of Governments and Metropolitan Transit System, in partnership with Caltrans, have launched Rapid, the region’s first high-frequency, limited-stop bus service that uses the express lanes on Interstate 15.

Community members and elected officials formally kicked off the new service June 8 with events at the Escondido Transit Center, Rancho Bernardo Transit Station, Sabre Springs-Penasquitos Transit Station and City Heights Transit Plaza.

The service runs between Escondido and downtown San Diego, with stops at Del Lago, Rancho Bernardo, Sabre Springs, Kearny Mesa, City Heights and City College, as well as along Broadway downtown, SANDAG officials said.

A new Miramar College Transit Station, opening later this year, will provide service to Mira Mesa and connect with several other MTS routes there.

The Rapid service operates from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. It runs every 15 minutes during weekday rush hours and every 30 minutes during nonrush hours and on weekends. The route uses 29 new buses with cushioned seats, more headroom, low-floor boarding and multiple doors.

The adult cash fare is $2.50 or $72 for a monthly pass, and buses are equipped with fare boxes that accept Compass cards.

MTS has re-aligned other routes along the corridor to provide connections to Rapid; details are available at rapidmts.com.