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SANDAG Unveils Freeway-Level 'Rapid' Stations

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently hosted a grand opening celebration and community block party in the City Heights neighborhood for the region’s first freeway-level public transit stations, which replace stations on the streets above California State Route 15.

SANDAG led the $65 million project, a collaborative effort that also included Caltrans District 11, which provided construction management services, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), which will maintain the stations and operates Rapid limited-stop bus service. Funding came from FTA and TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements administered by SANDAG.

In addition to the two freeway-level Centerline stations at El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue, the project included construction of public transit-only lanes designed to improve on-time performance.

“The Centerline Rapid stations will provide MTS passengers with even more convenience and reliability through the heart of the Mid-City corridor,” said MTS Board Chair Georgette Gómez, who also serves on the SANDAG Board of Directors. “Residents of City Heights worked hard to achieve this project, which will add a new level of transit service for the Mid-City community.”

Officials and community members kicked off the festivities by unveiling a bronze plaque that will be installed at the new stations.

MTS Chair Georgette Gómez, front row in pink jacket, joined other officials and community activists to unveil plaques for the freeway-level Centerline Rapid stations.

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