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On Thursday, November 19, residents on the eastern side of Chula Vista received a letter in the mail from the San Diego Association of Governments concerning a new rapid transit project.

The South Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is set to create a 21-mile bus route originating at the Otay Mesa border and extending northwest through eastern Chula Vista, eventually ending in downtown.

According to the letter, the new bus route will have limited stops, comfortable vehicles, and fast, frequent service. The letter states that the travel time will be reduced using dedicated “guideways” and bus-only lanes, as well as technology to get through traffic signals more quickly.

Construction is set to begin in the next couple of years, and phase one is scheduled to be completed by 2013. Upon completion, the Metropolitan Transit System will operate the route. Phase two will include the addition of I-805 "managed lanes" and increase access for National City residents.

Once finalized, the route will have 12 stations serving major activity centers in downtown San Diego, the South Bay, as well as the Otay Mesa port of entry. It’s projected that service can be provided in intervals of ten minutes during peak commute hours.

Funding for phase one will be predominantly from TransNet dollars, which is the regional sales tax approved by voters in 2004. The second phase will use federal, state, and local funding sources.

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PistolPete Nov. 21, 2009 @ 10:25 a.m.

YAY! More s***ty public transportation for Sandy Eggo!!!!

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Ponzi Nov. 21, 2009 @ 11:03 a.m.

"...originating at the Otay Mesa border and extending northwest through eastern Chula Vista..."

Yay! The wealth Mexicans and Gringos in Eatslake can expect more reliable arrival of their nannies, gardeners and house-cleaners! From the border to the bedroom community. Grand plan.

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David Dodd Nov. 21, 2009 @ 3:35 p.m.

I would use it. Crossing the border by foot through Otay is much closer for me. If I have to go get one of those "regular" jobs at some point, it would cut my commute time considerably.

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Fred Williams Nov. 21, 2009 @ 6:57 p.m.

Actually it seems relatively reasonable to have a route like that. Back when I spent more time in Mexico, I'd have appreciated this service and probably used it frequently.

And, Ponzi, you're right. It will be used by service workers living in Mexico who have clients in wealthy neighborhoods.

I don't really have a problem with that. I'd rather share a bus seat with one of them than with some wannabe junior gang banger.

Have you ever met those women? They tend to be really sweet, hard working, taking care of families, and generous to a fault. I love talking with them, improving my Spanish and hearing about their families.

Our government policies on immigration are certainly messed up. But those women are golden and ought to be better treated, not scorned.

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Gian Ghio Nov. 21, 2009 @ 11:11 p.m.

Well said Fred. We need more positive people like you making comments and less of the negativity and ignorance that comes from the peanut gallery on a regular basis.

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SDaniels Nov. 22, 2009 @ 5:01 a.m.

I agree, spooks69. It is heartening to see any comment recognizing a shared humanity, rather than some manufactured statistic blaming our neighbors to the South for everything under the sun.

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PistolPete Nov. 22, 2009 @ 8:38 a.m.

Less of the negativity and ignorance? I don't know about you spooks69, but I'm a regular user of the MTS and the NCTD. Sandy Eggo has the worst public transportation I've ever seen and I've been to New York and grew up in Chicago. I mean THE worst. That may be negative but it certainly isn't ignorant.

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SDaniels Nov. 22, 2009 @ 11:11 a.m.

Pete, spooks69 was not referring to the transit system. As you are aware, s/he was responding to Fred, who was referring to immigrant women in a favorable way.

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auntsandiegospeaks Nov. 25, 2009 @ 10:51 a.m.

Hey PistolPete, I have been using the bus & trolley system here since I gave up driving (too costly) almost 10 years ago. I do not have the experience of NYC or Chicago but, I also do not have the problems you apparently do in using public transportation. PATIENCE, leave a little early, learn to relax! There are few places I cannot go. I think it is a good system. I also have to comment on your use of Sandy Eggo. The breakfast menu at Brian's 24 at the Ramada, used to include the "Sandy Eggo". The waiter kept telling me I should order it (because of MY name, not the City). It was too much food for one. Now I'm hungry!

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PistolPete Nov. 25, 2009 @ 11:51 a.m.

LMAO! I always wondered if any restaurants in the area had that on their menu. I figured it would be a waffle thrown on the beach. :-D As for leaving early, I usually do. My biggest complaint with the transportation system is the fact that Sandy Eggo is so spread out. We rank #8 but should be about #25. If I leave early, the bus will be late. They defineely need more cheaper express buses. If I was to get on the 20 route here in Carmel Mountain at around 7 am, I wouldn't see downtown until at least 8:45am at the earliest. That's WAY too much time. The buses come every 30 minutes most of the day but they need to come every 15 just to deal with overcrowding. The 350 Breeze bus in ESco is a prime example. Escondido doesn't have alot of school buses so the high school kids usually take the 350. They are loud, obnoxious and sometimes just plain rude.

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PistolPete Nov. 25, 2009 @ 11:53 a.m.

And my apologies to spooks. The MTS/NCTD bring a hatred in me like no other.

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