The SuperLoop Rapid Transit Project provides frequent, high-speed service, and innovative vehicle amenities within the North University City area of San Diego. Each uniquely branded station includes a shelter, seating, energy-efficient lighting, and electronic signage indicating the arrival of the next vehicle. In addition, many shelters include lean rails or seat walls.
SuperLoop Rapid vehicles incorporate transit signal priority so they move through traffic more efficiently and maintain schedule reliability.
SuperLoop Rapid operates seven days a week. Routes 201 and 202 travel counter clockwise and clockwise, respectively, every ten minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. Route 204 travels clockwise every 15 minutes.
Interim service began in June 2009, expanded in September 2010 to include La Jolla Colony, and again in June 2012 to areas east of Genesee Avenue (Route 204). To date, 19 SuperLoop Rapid stations have been installed, and improvements to roadways and traffic signals have been completed in several locations on the route.
The Gilman Transit Center on the UC San Diego campus opened to transit riders in September 2014. The transit center includes vehicle turnouts for efficient loading of passengers, four new vehicle stations, next vehicle arrival signs, larger waiting areas for riders, improved seating and lighting, a dedicated bike lane, and open space improvements.
In September 2015, SuperLoop joined the Rapid network of services. On weekdays, Routes 201/202 feature larger vehicles with more seats, improved lighting, more headroom, and bigger windows. These new vehicles comfortably seat 52 passengers, offer standing room for additional riders, and can accommodate two bikes on the front. Vehicles are powered by clean natural gas.
Construction is underway on five additional stations and transit signal priority equipment on existing traffic signals in the La Jolla Colony segment to match other amenities along the SuperLoop Rapid route. This work will be completed by spring 2018.