After several years of planning and collaboration with South County communities, construction is underway on the South Bay Rapid Project, a $128 million effort to provide travelers with a frequent and reliable transit choice.
When completed, South Bay Rapid will include 12 stations along a 26-mile route from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista, connecting to employment and activity centers in Downtown San Diego and South County. At the heart of the project is the dedicated transit guideway – a nearly six-mile-long transit-only lane being constructed in the median of East Palomar Street and along Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista.
The project will improve travel times by utilizing dedicated transit-only lanes, traffic signal priority, and limited station stops. During peak commuting hours, the average travel time between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and San Diego City College will be approximately 50-75 minutes. South Bay Rapid will operate from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily with service every 15 minutes during peak commuting hours and every 30 minutes the rest of the day.
Funding for the project is being provided by a combination of federal, state, and local programs, including TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG. Rapid service in the South Bay is expected to begin in 2018 and will be operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.