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Public Transit

I-15 Bus Rapid Transit

The 20-mile I-15 Express Lanes Project, which extends from SR 78 in Escondido to SR 163, was completed in early 2012. In addition to the existing transit center in Escondido, infrastructure improvements include three transit stations with Park and Ride facilities at Del Lago, Rancho Bernardo, and Sabre Springs. These four stations are connected to the Express Lanes via Direct Access Ramps (DARs) which allow buses, carpoolers, vanpoolers, and FasTrak users access to the Express Lanes without encountering the congestion at the general traffic freeway on-ramps. 

In 2013, construction will conclude on the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch Transit Station located at Hillery Drive. Construction on its attached DAR will conclude in 2014. 

In mid-2014, new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a bus service that is the first of its kind in San Diego, will begin to operate along the Express Lanes using the facilities noted above.

The new services will include 1) an all-day, all-stops, bi-directional freeway service between the Escondido Transit Center and downtown San Diego, 2) an all-day, limited stop, bi-directional service between Escondido Transit Center and Sorrento Mesa (via Mira Mesa Blvd), UTC, and UCSD (via I-805 and La Jolla Village Drive), and, 3) two peak period, peak-direction-only Commuter Express services using the existing 800 Series routes buses. The San Diego bound services will allow patrons to connect to the Mid-City Rapid and South Bay BRT services as well.

The benefits of the BRT service include more frequent and longer hours of service. During peak morning and afternoon commutes, service will be every 10 to 15 minutes. During off-peak hours, service will be every 15 to 30 minutes.

In addition to providing faster service and increased routes, future BRT service will also offer 27 new buses with improvements designed to make the ride more comfortable, accessible and convenient for passengers. BRT buses will be designed to streamline and speed up the boarding process by featuring multiple doors, low-floor designs and fareboxes that accept Compass Cards. Additional design features, such as comfortable seating and larger windows, will improve ride quality and video monitors will provide announcements on station stops and other transit information.

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Last Updated April 2013

Project Manager

Jennifer Williamson, Senior Transportation Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1959, Email:

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