Next Generation Rapid
The next, faster generation of bus service in the San Diego region is coming soon. SANDAG is collaborating with Caltrans, the City of San Diego, MTS, NCTD, and other stakeholders to plan for new, accelerated bus routes that will operate faster and more frequently compared to the first Rapid transit services. The new Next Gen Rapid routes will have fewer stops, operate in priority travel lanes and separated roadways, get green light priority, and arrive every ten minutes all day. This reliable, convenient system expands residents’ access to jobs, school, healthcare, and other transit options like bike lanes and walkways.
The new routes include:
- Rapid 41 connecting Fashion Valley, Linda Vista, Clairemont, University City, UTC, and UC San Diego
- Rapid 471 connecting Eastern Escondido, Escondido Transit Center, and Palomar Medical Center Escondido
- Rapid 625 connecting San Diego State University, City Heights, Southeast San Diego, National City, and Chula Vista
These projects are part of the 2021 Regional Plan’s Transit Leap strategy, which aims to:
- Move people and goods more efficiently
- Provide affordable, dependable, and safe transit options for all
- Clean up our air while reducing climate change-causing pollution regionwide
This project is funded through a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant.