The popular road length on Park Boulevard, between University Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, makes traffic harder while transit construction workers block one lane each direction. Rapid travel between SDSU's transit center and downtown depends on the work, started in the city in July, breaking up the familiar road edges to open up the path from the university station to Santa Fe Depot to handle buses that will run the Mid-City Rapid Bus route.
Six days a week, 7 am to 4 pm, workers work on falttening the median line the rapid buses need taken out to travel the boulevard distance. The location work started in September, just one leg in the one year work, will last three months.
Islands on the future Park Boulevard, and on El Cajon Boulevard, will serve as stopping spots for the rapid transit passengers. The change in the status quo public transportation will, Councilman Todd Gloria says, give San DIegans a "fast and reliable way to get around in one of the region's heavy transportation corridors." Stops taken in the local life stories will shrink travel times locals experience in the College Avenue area and North Park, City Heights, and downtown.
Workers and college students inthe mid-city can plan on riding the line on fast buses that take limites stops. Travel choices will go up for workers once a link between the mid-city route and the I-15 Bus Rapid Transit gets built. Unobstructed travel between the mid-city and the job centers in Mira Mesa, Sabre Springs, Rancho Bernardo, and Escondido will become possible. Riders will transfer between rapid routes at El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue.
Rapid buses overcome traffic slow downs, and stops, by using the signals controlled by a signal priority traffic system. Work trenching the El Cajon BOulevard street, from Park Boulevard to College Avenue, and, laying in the fiber optic lines used to control the signals will last through March, 2014.
The construction team will move the rapid transit line work, and the parking challenges, north up Park Boulevard.
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