South Bay Rapid Transit In Chula Vista

South Bay Rapid Transit In Chula Vista

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South Bay Rapid Transit in Chula Vista

If you live in East Chula Vista or have passed through East Palomar St, you have probably come across signs that say “Future Site Rapid Transit Corridor.” Have you been curious to know what those signs are talking about? We have the answer.

Since 1993, Chula Vista and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) have envisioned a more convenient transit system for Eastern Chula Vista. What started off as a plan for a new light-rail system has within the recent years turned into a bus-transit system that will connect communities in the eastern part of Chula Vista with downtown San Diego and the Otay US-Mexico border. The bus-transit system plan, known as the South Bay Rapids project, will have a total of 12 stations along a 26 mile stretch that will lead to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. At the center of the project will be a six mile long, transit only lane constructed in the median of East Palomar Street and along Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista. You can already see that construction has started along these areas. The purpose of this project is to provide travelers in South Bay with a reliable means of transportation. This project will cost approximately $128 million; $113 million will go towards construction and $15 million is budgeted for new Rapid vehicles. The Rapid Transit construction was approved in July 2013 and is expected to begin operating to the public in 2018.

Although it would benefit many people, there are those that are not in agreement with the transit plan passing through residential areas of East Chula Vista. Residents along the route do not feel it is convenient to them that busses will be passing within feet of their homes every few minutes. During the recent years, with the new bus-transit plan proposed, there have been several filed complaints, including one with KUSI’s Turko Files. Many residents fear that this new route will have a negative effect on their properties and lower their value. Although the residents have this fear, we could see that the Otay Ranch community is only growing and thriving and will keep doing so. Otay Ranch has a lot to offer, and the homes that are along the route are sought after for their nice floorplans, great amenities, and affordability. Not to mention that there are great schools and shopping centers nearby and the convenience of having the 125 and 805 freeways only minutes away. SANDAG argues that not only will passengers be benefitting from the transit system, but also the neighborhoods as well. They will benefit from the transit system because the construction crews will be replacing curbs, gutters, and sidewalks in the area. Drainage will be replaced and traffic signals will be added. Despite the complaints, the project has been well underway since March of this year.

Motorists and residents have been warned that they will be subject to temporary inconveniences such as reduced lane widths, detours, lane closures, and noise when crews are present. Construction will be performed in phases in order to minimize impacts to nearby residents, businesses, and motorists. The first phase will consist of building the transit line between the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and downtown San Diego, including the stations, access ramps, rapid transit-only lanes, traffic signals and area improvements.The second phase will include the construction of freeway-level stations, Park & Ride lots and other improvements meant to increase public access and reduce travel time for most passengers.

What are your thoughts on this new transit plan? Let us know what you think!

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