SAN DIEGO–The communities along Interstate 15 (I-15) are about to see another phase of improvements – this time to the Del Lago and Rancho Bernardo transit stations. Construction of the station upgrades, slated to begin the week of Aug. 6, will prepare the corridor for the launch of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in 2014.
The future BRT system, the first of its kind in the region, will pick up riders at the upgraded transit stations and use the I-15 Express Lanes to reduce travel times to employment destinations between Escondido and Downtown San Diego. The buses will run more often and be more reliable and convenient, similar to a light rail system.
Construction at the Del Lago and Rancho Bernardo stations will continue for approximately six months. Upgrades will increase the number of bus bays at each station, provide new shelters, and incorporate new signage to provide arrival times.
Transit users, vanpools, and carpools should be aware of temporary parking lot closures that may affect their commuting routines. Signage has been posted at both transit stations to direct drivers to available parking.
Del Lago Transit Station
The transit station parking lot will be temporarily closed during construction. A temporary Park & Ride lot at Kit Carson Park has been provided through an agreement with the City of Escondido. Follow signs to the lot.
Bus Routes 350 and 20 will continue to operate at the transit station during construction. Riders should park in the temporary Park & Ride lot at Kit Carson Park and follow the short pedestrian route through the park to the BREEZE bus stop for Route 350 on Beethoven Drive across from Westfield North County Shopping Center. Bus Route 350 will take riders to the transit station.
Rancho Bernardo Transit Station
The northwest parking lot will be temporarily closed during construction. The southeast lot will remain open; however, there may not be enough parking at the station to meet normal demand. Additional parking spaces have been made available at the nearby Rodeway Inn parking lot at 16911 West Bernardo Drive. Signs have been posted to direct drivers to the lot. During the first week of construction, workers will be available to assist commuters as well.
All bus service will continue to operate at the station during construction.
More transit-related projects are scheduled to break ground later this year, including the construction of a four-story parking structure at the Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station and a new transit station at Miramar College. The new station will connect students and other transit users, as well as carpools and vanpools, with the new Mira Mesa Direct Access Ramp (DAR) on the I-15 Express Lanes at Hillery Drive.