years of planning and collaboration with South County communities, construction
is underway on the South Bay Rapid
Project, a $128
million effort to provide travelers with a frequent and reliable transit choice.
When completed, South Bay Rapid
will include 12
stations along a 26-mile route from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Downtown San
Diego via eastern Chula Vista, connecting to employment and activity centers in
Downtown San Diego and South County. At the heart of the project is the dedicated transit guideway – a
nearly six-mile-long transit-only lane being constructed in the median of East
Palomar Street and along Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista. Rapid
service in the South Bay is expected to begin in 2018 and will be
operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit
During construction, motorists can expect temporary lane closures
and detours, reduced lane widths, and equipment and signage along East Palomar
Street. Street parking on East Palomar Street also may be impacted
intermittently. People who are biking or walking near the construction area can
expect periodic sidewalk and pathway closures along the south side of East
Palomar Street. Residents and businesses near the construction area can expect
intermittent lights and noise when crews are present. Construction
is being performed in phases in order to minimize impacts to nearby residents,
businesses, and motorists.
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