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Construction Begins on San Diego Area BRT

Representatives of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Caltrans and the city of Chula Vista, CA, broke ground Feb. 17 for the South Bay Rapid project, a BRT service that will operate on a 21-mile route between downtown San Diego and the Otay Mesa Point of Entry on the Mexican border.

“The South Bay Rapid project is the collaborative effort of many agencies at all levels of government,” said MTS Board Chairman Harry Mathis. “As a result of this ongoing collaboration, riders will enjoy a new level of transit service with frequent travel times and high-tech amenities when service begins in 2018.”

MTS will operate the line, which will connect residents to regional employment and activity centers on a dedicated transit guideway with seven stations, a guideway bridge over the South Bay Expressway and an intermodal transportation center near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

"South Bay Rapid is an important part of the SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan and will provide an innovative mobility choice to areas not currently served by mass transit,” said SANDAG Board Chair and County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “This TransNet early action project will keep San Diego County moving forward.”

TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG, is one of the funding sources for the $113 million project, along with FTA, the state Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program and Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, Chula Vista and the Otay Water District.

The project represents a collaborative effort among communities in southern San Diego County, SANDAG, MTS, Caltrans and Chula Vista. Construction is expected to take approximately two years.
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