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New amenities for SuperLoop bus riders

SuperLoop

SuperLoop – a high-frequency bus service with stops at popular destinations in the North University City area – is undergoing $6 million in improvements by SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).  

As part of the project, 17 uniquely branded SuperLoop stations will be installed. These new stations feature inviting shelters, electronic signs indicating next vehicle arrival times, leaning rails, comfortable seating, and energy-efficient lighting.

Improvements also include traffic signal priority measures, making it possible for SuperLoop vehicles to move through traffic efficiently and stay on schedule. When the project is complete, the SuperLoop route will be approximately nine miles long with service to the University of California at San Diego, Westfield UTC, Nobel Library, and communities along La Jolla Colony, Nobel Drive, and Judicial Drive. Funding for the project comes from TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.

Construction started earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed by late 2012. During construction, temporary bus stops, if needed, will be set up within a short distance of the existing stops. Signs will be posted to alert the public to temporary bus stops or detours. Pedestrian access to and from bus stops and adjacent residential and retail centers may be modified.

SuperLoop (Routes 201/202) is operated by MTS. Service began on June 15, 2009, with the region’s first fleet of gasoline-electric hybrid public buses operating in an initial route “loop” between Westfield UTC and UCSD.

Ridership in the first full year of operation was more than 15 percent higher than the optimistic forecast in the operating plan. Monthly ridership continues to rise year over year. As of July 2011, more than 2.3 million people have used SuperLoop

SuperLoop operates seven days a week from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. with service every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. A one-way fare is $2.25. An all-day pass with unlimited transfers is $5. Compass Card with Regional, Premium, or COASTER pass is accepted. UCSD students with a valid I.D. and bus zone sticker ride free.

More information about the SuperLoop service and project can be found at www.sandag.org/superloop.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.