On September 21, 2017, the MTS Board of Directors unanimously approved changes to the MTS bus network, adding $2 million in new service. The changes added significantly to the network of high-frequency services (15 minutes or better), as well as shortened some travel times. MTS will began to implement changes in January 2018. 

The changes are the result of the Transit Optimization Plan (TOP), which MTS launched in fall 2016. The project was a comprehensive evaluation, including extensive customer outreach effort, to ensure that MTS services are efficient and effective for the region’s travel needs. TOP is an update of the 2004-2006 Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) that resulted in major changes to the system’s bus and Trolley services.

Among the goals of TOP  was to create a network of services that would attract more riders to the system and to reverse a two-year decline in ridership and fare revenue. The TOP process included nearly 6,000 surveys, more than 50 outreach events across the region and a public hearing. Using rider input in conjunction with system performance data and ridership patterns, proposals were made for adjustments to over 60% of MTS’ bus services.

MTS is implementing TOP changes in phases, beginning January 2018. 

 

Below are the final approved TOP changes to the MTS system. Changes for select routes began in January 2018 and will continue throughout 2018. MTS will conduct public outreach and provide advance notice of changes prior to implementation. 

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Route Proposal Attachments
1

Route 1 would be adjusted as follows:

  • Route would be extended from Hillcrest to Fashion Valley, via Sixth Ave., Highway 163, and Hotel Circle.
  • Route 1 service along 4th and 5th Avenues in Hillcrest would be discontinued, but the stops would remain served by Route 3. Route 1A service to 70th St. Trolley Station would be discontinued, with all trips ending at the La Mesa Blvd. Trolley Station instead. 
  • Continuing service between Downtown La Mesa and Grossmont Transit Center via La Mesa Blvd. would be served by new Route 52.

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3

Weekday frequency would be increased from 15 to 12 minutes, and Sunday frequency would be increased from 60 to 30 minutes.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal only increased the Sunday frequency (no weekday improvements).

Proposed routing same as current

5

Weekday frequency would be increased from 15 to 12 minutes.

Proposed routing same as current
7

All Route 7 trips would operate between Downtown San Diego and University Ave./College Ave. only. Continuing service east of College Ave. into Downtown La Mesa via University Ave. would be served by new Route 52. Also, peak hour service would be adjusted to operate every 10 minutes in both directions (instead of every 6 or 12 minutes, depending on direction).

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8,9

During summer, frequency would remain every 15 minutes on all days. In non-summer months, Monday-Saturday frequency would be reduced from 20 to 30 minutes.

Proposed routing same as current
11

Route 11 would be split into two routes: The northern segment would remain Route 11, operating between Downtown San Diego and SDSU via the current alignment. The routing in Downtown would be: southbound on Front St., left on Market St., and left on First Ave. to the terminal at First Ave./G St

Change from July 2017 Proposal: The northern segment is changed to Rt. 11 to retain historic numbering scheme.

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12

New route number for the southern half of the current Route 11, operating between Skyline Hills and the City College Transit Center in Downtown San Diego along the current alignment to Imperial Ave. In Downtown, Route 12 would use 10th and 11th Avenues between Imperial Ave. and the City College Transit Center. Hours and frequency would be similar to current service.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: The southern segment is numbered as Rt. 12 to retain historic numbering scheme.

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13

Weekday afternoon frequency would be increased from 15 to 12 minutes.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to only add selected afternoon trippers rather than increasing frequency throughout the afternoon

Proposed routing same as current
14

Route would remain as-is (no changes recommended).

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to shift route east to the Grossmont T.C., and to discontinue service along Rancho Mission Rd. and to 70th St. Trolley Station.

Proposed routing same as current

18

Reduced span of service by 1-3 hours.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue route.

Proposed routing same as current
20

Routing would be streamlined between Kearny Mesa and Mira Mesa to use Freeways 15 and 163 instead of Ruffin Rd., Kearny Villa Rd. and Black Mountain Rd. Service along Black Mountain Rd. would remain available during weekday peak periods on Route 31.

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25

Route would be streamlined to use Highway 163 and Friars Rd. between Mesa College Drive and Fashion Valley. Local service between Mesa College Drive and Fashion Valley would remain on other routes as follows: Health Center Dr. on Route 120, Genesee Ave. on Routes 41 & 120, and Ulric St. on Route 120. Service on Comstock St. (west of Linda Vista Rd.) and Osler St. would be discontinued.

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27

Route would be streamlined to operate along Kearny Villa Rd. instead of Convoy St. between Balboa Ave. and Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

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35

Weekday service would be increased to a 15-minute frequency. Service south of Newport Ave. would be replaced on weekdays by an extended Route 923 to Point Loma Ave., and discontinued in the later evening and on Saturdays.

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44

The northern end of Route 44 would be realigned on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. to serve east of Convoy St. to the Kearny Mesa Transit Center (instead of west to Clairemont Square). Service on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. between Convoy St. and Clairemont Square would be replaced by a revised Route 105.

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50

Route would be adjusted in Clairemont and University City to use Regents Rd. and Governor Drive. Midday service would be discontinued between approx. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (but remain available on Route 41 on Genesee Ave. and Route 105 on Clairemont Dr.).

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52

New Route 52 would replace eastern segments of Routes 1 and 7, operating between University Ave./54th St. and the Grossmont Transit Center via University Ave., Allison Ave., La Mesa Blvd. and Grossmont Blvd. 30-minute frequency, 7 days/week. (New route number subject to change.)

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to operate Sunday service hourly.

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83

Route 83 would be adjusted as follows:

  • Service would operate during weekday middays only, between approx. 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • The segment along Washington St. and into Hillcrest would be discontinued from Route 83, but remain served by Route 10.
  • A new northern terminal would be established at Old Town Transit Center, and the north Mission Hills alignment would change from Fort Stockton Dr. to Sunset Blvd./Juan St.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue route.

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84

Service would operate during weekday peak hours only, operating two round trips in the morning and two round trips in the afternoon, between Old Town Transit Center, SPAWAR Main Gate (via Cañon St), and the Sub Base Main Gate. Midday service and all service to Cabrillo Monument would be discontinued.

Also, MTS would operate a trial special service on Memorial Day and Veterans Day in 2018 between the Old Town Transit Center and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue route.

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85

New route would operate hourly on all days between the Otay Mesa border and Southwestern College (Otay), replacing portions of Routes 905A (Airway Rd. between La Media Rd. and Britannia Blvd.) and 905B (Otay Mesa east of La Media Rd., Sanyo Rd., and Heinrich Hertz Dr.). (New route number subject to change.)

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal did not include Route 85 to replace portions of current Route 905.

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105

Route 105 would be adjusted as follows:

The northern end would be realigned to operate east from Clairemont Square to the Kearny Mesa Transit Center, replacing Route 44 along Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Frequency along Clairemont Mesa Blvd. between Kearny Mesa Transit Center and Clairemont Square would be 15 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends.
The Route 105 segment between Clairemont Square and UTC would be replaced during weekday peak hours by a realigned Route 50.

Service along Milton St. and Burgener Blvd. would be discontinued and operated via Ingulf St. and Denver St. (current Route 105A routing).

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120

Routing would be adjusted in Kearny Mesa to remain on Kearny Villa Rd. instead of Convoy St. and Kearny Mesa Rd.

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204

Weekday service would be reduced to a 30-minute frequency, and weekend service would be discontinued.

Proposed routing same as current
235

Weekday midday service would be increased to a 15-minute frequency.

Proposed routing same as current
237

All trips would terminate on the east end at the Miramar College Transit Station. Continuing service to/from Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos and Rancho Bernardo Transit Stations would remain available on Route 235.

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701

Sunday service would be added with a 60-minute frequency.

Proposed routing same as current
703

Route 703 would be entirely replaced with restored Sunday service on Routes 701, 704, and 709.

 
704

Route 704 would be adjusted as follows:

  • Operate on 3rd Ave. instead of 4th Ave. north of Naples St.
  • Operate on F St. instead of E St. to/from the E Street Transit Center.
  • Add Sunday service between Palomar Transit Center and Sharp Hospital with a 60-minute frequency.

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707

Upon implementation of the South Bay Rapid in 2019, frequency would be increased to every 30 minutes, replacing the extended Route 709 trips along Eastlake Parkway. The span-of-service would also be increased to match the current earliest and latest Route 709 Eastlake Parkway service.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal maintained Rt. 707 service as-is.

Proposed routing same as current
709

Proposed addition of Sunday service at 60-minute frequency.

Also, Upon implementation of the South Bay Rapid in 2019, Route 709 service north of Olympic Parkway along Eastlake Pkwy., Boswell Rd., and Lane Ave. would be replaced with added Route 707 service. Service around Lakeshore Dr. would be discontinued.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal did not include replacement of Rt. 709 Eastlake Pwky. service with increased Rt. 707 service.

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815

Weekday service would be increased to a 15-minute frequency. Also, route would be shortened to terminate at E. Main St./Madison Ave. instead of north to Broadway. Continuing service along E. Main St. would be available on Routes 864 and 874/875.

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816

Route would be streamlined to operate along Washington St. between Jamacha Rd. and the El Cajon Transit Center instead of Main St./Douglas Ave.

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832

Service along the loop of El Nopal, Los Ranchitos Rd., and 2nd St. would be discontinued.

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834

Route would be restructured as an hourly , weekday counterclockwise loop from Santee Town Center to West Santee, via Cuyamaca St., Mast Blvd., West Hills Pkwy., and Mission Gorge Rd., and Town Center Pkwy. Service along Mesa Rd. and Prospect Ave. would be discontinued.

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838

New Route 838 would replace the eastern part of Route 864 east of East County Square (Los Coches Rd.). Between East County Square and Viejas Casino, Route 838 would follow the same alignment as current Route 864, operating hourly every day between approx. 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to operate only 12 hours per day.

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851

Route would be streamlined to operate to/from Highway 94 along Bancroft Dr. instead of Kenwood Dr. Also, service west of Hwy. 125 along Elkelton Blvd., would be discontinued, and weekday peak hour frequency would be reduced to 60 minutes.

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854

Saturday service would be discontinued. Some weekday night service would be reallocated from regular Route 854 (via Baltimore Dr. & Lake Murray Blvd.) to Route 854x (via SR-125).

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue all regular Rt. 854 (non-Rt. 854X) service.

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856

Route 856 service to the Rancho San Diego Village area (Calle Verde and Via Mercado) would be discontinued. Minimal service to the area would remain available on Route 894. Also, Routes 856 and 936 would remain on College Ave. without turning through the College Grove Transit Center (which would still be accessible on Routes 916/917).

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864

Route would operate between El Cajon Transit Center and East County Square on all days. Continuing service to Alpine/Viejas would be available via a transfer with new Route 838 at East County Square. Route would also be streamlined in El Cajon to remain on Madison Ave. and E. Main St., rather than using 2nd St. and Broadway. 

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864x

Route would be replaced with service on new Route 838.

 
870

Proposed for discontinuation.

 
871/872

Route would be replaced with a hourly, weekday-only Route 872, operating a shortened loop via Johnson Ave., Chase Ave., Magnolia Ave., and Douglas Ave./Main Street (same as current Route 872A routing).

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue route.

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874/875

Service to the Granite Hills area would be discontinued, with the route using the current 874A/875A routing along E. Main St. and Jamacha Rd. instead.

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894

No further changes proposed.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue service to Parkway Plaza.

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901

Minor schedule adjustments and trip changes.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue some trips. Ridership will be further evaluated for potential future minor adjustments

 
905

Route 905 would be realigned to a single variant (instead of 905A and 905B) via the current Route 905 alignment between the Otay Mesa border and Airway Rd./La Media Rd., then via La Media Rd. and Otay Mesa Rd. to/from the Iris Transit Center. Also, weekday frequency would be changed to 30 minutes all day.

Service to Britannia Blvd. and the western segment of Airway Rd. (including Southwestern College), and to eastern Otay Mesa Rd. and Sanyo Rd., would be replaced by new Route 85, operating hourly on all days between the Otay Mesa border and Southwestern College (Otay), replacing portions of Routes 905A (Airway Rd. between La Media Rd. and Britannia Blvd.) and 905B (Otay Mesa east of La Media Rd., Sanyo Rd. and Heinrich Hertz Dr.). (New route number subject to change.)

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal did not include implementation of Rt. 85

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906/907

Saturday and Sunday service would be increased to a 15-minute frequency

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to only increase Sunday to a 20-minute frequency.

Proposed routing same as current
923

Service would be extended in Ocean Beach to Point Loma Ave., replacing Route 35 service south of Newport Ave. Also, Saturday service would be discontinued.

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929

Route 929 would terminate at the 12th & Imperial Transit Center instead of City College. Through-service would be available on the Trolley or Routes 11 and 901. Some late night trips could be extended to/from Broadway in Downtown.

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936

Routes 856 and 936 would stay on College Ave. without turning into College Grove Transit Center. Service to College Grove Transit Center would remain available on Routes 916/917.

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944

Route would be adjusted to serve Community Rd. and Hilleary Place. Service would be discontinued east of Midland Rd. (and along the Garden Rd. loop)

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945A

No changes proposed.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue all Rt. 945A service.

Proposed routing for alternate same as current
950

Westbound frequency would be increased to 10-minutes in the morning peak, and eastbound service to the Otay Mesa border would be extended later in the evening.

Proposed routing same as current
955

Weekday service would be increased to a 12-minute frequency.

Proposed routing same as current
962

Frequency would be increased to frequencies to 15-minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends. Also, route would be streamlined to remain on Plaza Blvd. and Paradise Valley Rd., instead of Harbison Ave., Reo Dr., Cumberland St. and Potomac St. This local Paradise Hills service would be mostly replaced by Route 963.

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963

Route would be changed on the east end to continue east on Plaza Blvd. to Harbison Ave., and replace the Paradise Hills portion of Route 962, via a loop of Reo Dr., Cumberland St., Saipan Dr., and Alleghany St. Service would operate every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on Saturday/Sunday.

Service south along Euclid Ave. to Plaza Bonita would be replaced by a realigned Route 968. (Route 968 would remain on Euclid Ave. instead of the Granger Ave./24th St. loop.)

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue route

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967

Routing would be adjusted to eastbound 4th St. between Euclid Ave. and Harbison Ave, continuing east to Alta Vista (Mariposa Pl./Ava St) via the current routing. Also, Saturday service would be discontinued. 

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to discontinue route.

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968

Route would be adjusted to operate weekdays only, between 24th St. T.C. and Plaza Bonita. From its current alignment along 4th St., Route 968 would turn south on Euclid Ave. to Sweetwater Rd. and into Plaza Bonita. Route 968 service east of Euclid Ave. and to the Munda Rd. loop would be discontinued.

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969

New route proposal is withdrawn.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to implement new Route 969 to replace a segment of Rt. 962. Revised recommendation realigns Rt. 963 instead. 

N/A

992

Weekend service would be increased to a 15-minute frequency.

Change from July 2017 Proposal: Initial proposal was to maintain current frequencies.

Proposed routing same as current

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