11 modern bus stops coming to downtown

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Association of Governments and Metropolitan Transit System Monday announced the completion of a $21 million project to build 11 modern bus stops in downtown.

The stations serve MTS Rapid Bus routes along the Broadway corridor, roughly from the Santa Fe Depot to City College. They include 16-foot-tall signs, digital next arrival time information and security cameras.

“Tens of thousands of commuters and visitors will benefit from the investment we made in the heart of downtown San Diego,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

“Just think of the number of people who travel to downtown every day to work, shop, dine and have fun,” said Roberts, chairman of the SANDAG Board of Directors. “The new stations are modern, well-lit and monitored by security cameras. They help make public transit an even more attractive choice.”

According to SANDAG, four Rapid and Rapid Express lines — which together average nearly 13,000 riders per day — terminate in downtown along Broadway, dropping riders off near residential and commercial high-rises, shops, restaurants, hotels and trolley stops. The lines, which feature more frequent service and limited stops, originate in Escondido and Rancho Bernardo, and at San Diego State University.

Another Rapid line is being developed for the South Bay. According to SANDAG, it will begin at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and run through eastern Chula Vista before arriving downtown.

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