New Rapid Transit Will Ease South Bay Congestion - NBC 7 San Diego

New Rapid Transit Will Ease South Bay Congestion

New buses, set to go into service in 2018, will connect Otay Mesa to downtown

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    To ease persistent traffic congestion in the South Bay, county officials on Wednesday unveiled plans for new rapid transit buses connecting Otay Mesa to downtown San Diego.

    Construction begins this year on the $113 million transportation project; service is expected to start sometime in 2018.

    The new MTS South Bay Rapid buses will run from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and will have limited stops before arriving in downtown San Diego. The commute is estimated at 20-25 minutes.

    The buses will stop in Chula Vista and National City along Interstate 5 before arriving near the Santa Fe Depot in downtown.

    Rapid buses have already eased travel for many commuters in the North County, connecting them to downtown with limited stops.

    San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox said he hopes the new buses will alleviate the infamous freeway and highway congestion in the South Bay.

    “We have a terrible problem in South County,” he said Wednesday. “There are 85,000 cars a day on Interstate 805, SR-125.”

    Cox called the South Bay Rapid a “critical link.”