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Community Event Celebrates Launch of New Transit Connections for South San Diego County

Free Rides on New Rapid Route January 27 – February 2

January 26, 2019 - SANDAG, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and Caltrans District 11, together with the City of Chula Vista and local community members, celebrated the grand opening of the new South Bay Rapid service at a community celebration today. The event was held at the new Heritage Rapid Station in eastern Chula Vista.

“Today marks a momentous day for South County and the San Diego region,” said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. “The South Bay Rapid gives people traveling to and from both sides of the border a new and more efficient transportation option. This project represents a critical investment in infrastructure to support future developments in our region.”

The family-friendly celebration featured community leaders dedicating a time capsule, entertainment by Z90 FM and radio personality Rick Morton from Morton in the Mornings, children’s activities, refreshments, and giveaways. More than 300 community members were in attendance for the celebration at the Heritage Rapid Transit Station. SANDAG Chair Vaus was joined by MTS Board Chair and San Diego Council President Georgette Gómez, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, and other local elected officials.

Full service on the new South Bay Rapid route (Route 225) begins Sunday, January 27. The 26-mile route has 12 stops between the Otay Mesa Transit Center in south San Diego, through eastern Chula Vista, and into Downtown San Diego. The route will travel along the South Bay Expressway (the State Route 125 toll road), eastern Chula Vista, Interstate 805, and State Route 94. South Bay Rapid will operate daily from 4:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the new Rapid transit line,” said Mayor Salas. “This project helps fulfill our vision to provide more competitive, environmentally sustainable, and active transportation choices.”

The South Bay Rapid will run approximately every 15-30 minutes. The estimated travel time between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and Downtown San Diego is approximately 60-70 minutes during peak morning hours, and approximately 60-65 minutes during peak evening hours.

The new South Bay Rapid will offer service every 15-30 minutes on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends. To promote the new Rapid service, all rides on the new South Bay route will be free of charge from Monday, January 27 to Saturday, February 2.

“The new South Bay Rapid service will connect employment, entertainment, and activity centers in Downtown San Diego with residential communities in South County,” said MTS Board Chair Gómez, “Regional connections like this are essential to the economic future of South County.”

Rapid is a new level of transit service that features high-frequency, limited-stop service, and upgraded bus and station amenities. Rapid speeds travel times through use of transit signal priority, dedicated lanes on some routes, and limited stops. As a result, Rapid provides easy access to desirable destinations, frequent and reliable service, and faster travel time – all at a cost savings when compared to driving.

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