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Public Transit

Downtown Bus Stopover and Multiuse Facility

SANDAG, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), is developing a stopover facility that would provide an off-street location in Downtown San Diego where buses can be parked for short periods between runs. In conjunction with the stopover, the facility also could potentially provide other residential, office, and retail needs as part of a multi-use development project.

In addition to ensuring reliable and efficient bus and Rapid service for thousands of San Diegans, the stopover facility will increase the availability of on-street parking by eliminating the need for buses to park in front of existing homes and businesses while awaiting the start of their next route.

Project Location

SANDAG conducted an exhaustive search and identified five potential sites that could accommodate a stopover facility. A screening evaluation based on operational needs and minimizing impacts to surrounding neighborhoods identified a potential location in Downtown San Diego’s Civic Core as the most suitable for this facility.

To ensure on-time transit service for downtown riders, the Stopover needs to be located close to transit routes that terminate near the America Plaza Trolley Station and Santa Fe Train Depot. Because most transit vehicles at the stopover would park for a short period of time, the close location ensures that buses operate on schedule. It also minimizes operational costs and the need for additional bus circulation on surface streets.

On June 24, 2016, the SANDAG Board of Directors unanimously selected the site for the proposed Downtown Bus Stopover and Multiuse Facility. The site is on a block bounded by A Street, Union Street, B Street, and State Street. This location meets operational needs, minimizes impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods, is in a good state of readiness, is environmentally compliant, is cost-effective, and is zoned for governmental uses. 

Project Need

Bus and Rapid service to Downtown San Diego has increased, especially over the last few years. A large number of buses begin and end their route in western downtown. Currently, the buses are parking curbside. Downtown needs a long-term solution that takes buses off city streets when they are temporarily out of service or between runs. The Downtown Bus Stopover and Multiuse Facility would do that, thus improving the transit system which provides efficient service for thousands of San Diegans who rely on it as their primary mode of transportation. It would increase the availability of on-street parking downtown and allow for the removal of portable toilets from local sidewalks, greatly improving the atmosphere of downtown neighborhoods and providing respectable rest facilities for local bus drivers.

Project Status

On June 22, 2018, the SANDAG Board of Directors authorized purchasing property from two willing sellers and continuing negotiations with the other property owners. Once negotiations have been successfully completed, SANDAG intends to investigate a public-private partnership for the financing, design, construction, and management of the Downtown Bus Stopover and Multiuse Facility. SANDAG and MTS hope to have the project open for use in 2023.

Project Costs

Approximately $46 million has been allocated to the project from TransNet, the voter approved half-cent sales tax for transportation projects administered by SANDAG.

Project Manager

Richard Chavez, Principal Project Manager
Phone: (619) 699-6989, Email: richard.chavez@sandag.org

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