Transit and Railroad

Mid-City Rapid Bus Project – Bus Rapid Transit Route Improvements

Location: San Diego, California

DEA led the design team in providing civil engineering, landscape, architectural, and traffic design services for the Mid-City Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The project provided a rapid transit bus route from downtown San Diego to San Diego State University (SDSU). The entire route is 10 miles in length. The new physical improvements were concentrated in the 5-mile segment along Park Boulevard and El Cajon Boulevard. New dedicated guideway was constructed within the center median on Park Boulevard, with center stations. New BRT stations were constructed at eight major intersections on El Cajon Boulevard. New stations extended the sidewalk areas to provide larger boarding areas and improved ADA access. Curb popouts and enhanced crosswalks were used to shorten the pedestrian travel time and improve overall safety. New street trees, lighting, and bike racks were provided. Architectural treatments at each station complemented the character of each individual community including Uptown, Greater North Park, Normal Heights, City Heights, Kensington-Talmadge, Eastern Area, and College Area.

The project was constructed in an active urban environment, constrained by existing commercial uses, old utilities, and failing drainage systems. Staged construction plans were prepared to maintain access to existing businesses and control traffic during construction. Detailed design of new infrastructure was included to improve existing drainage conditions and maintain public facilities. DEA also participated in community outreach programs and open houses to gain support for the project and win City of San Diego Council approval for required city actions.