Sit down, relax and enjoy the ride. That’s what we want riders to do. There’s a lot of ways to do that on the MTS system (que the new 60-foot electric buses that just hit the streets with fancy padded, high back seats!). But that’s not always the case. Some bus stops don’t have a shelter for some badly needed shade on a hot day.  Some stops don’t have a bench which riders could use after a long walk to make a connection. We’ve heard from riders they want more comfort on transit trips. This includes more shelters, benches, lighting, murals and more. MTS will deliver lots of “better” in 2024 and beyond.  

Better Shade

A top thing riders tell us they want is more bus shelters. And in San Diego, that often means better coverage from the sun! To deliver, MTS will be adding 225 new bus shelters throughout system between 2024 and 2028. The first 10 new shelters have now been installed.

Bus Shelter

Stop # Cross Streets Routes Served Install Date
Stop #: 39047 Cross Street: Olympic Parkway / Eastlake Parkway, Westbound Routes Served: 709 Install Date: 12/5/2023
Stop #: 60416 Cross Street: Broadway / K Street, Northbound Routes Served: K St Install Date: 12/5/2023
Stop #: 11743 Cross Street: 4th Avenue / C Street, Southbound Routes Served: 929 Install Date: 12/7/2023
Stop #: 13179 Cross Street: 4th Avenue / C Street, Northbound Routes Served: 929 Install Date: 12/7/2023
Stop #: 60280 Cross Street: National City Blvd / W 8th Street, Southbound Routes Served: 929, 932, 955, 962, 963, 968 Install Date: 12/11/2023
Stop #: 99286 Cross Street: 18th Street / Highland Avenue, Westbound Routes Served: 13, 929 Install Date: 12/11/2023
Stop #: 11264 Cross Street: Market Street / 22nd Street, Westbound Routes Served: 3, 5 Install Date: 12/13/2023
Stop #: 11275 Cross Street: Market Street / 25th Street, Westbound Routes Served: 3, 5t Install Date: 12/13/2023
Stop #: 12861 Cross Street: Logan Avenue / 43rd Street, Eastbound Routes Served: 12, 955 Install Date: 12/15/2023
Stop #: 13112 Cross Street: University Avenue / University Square, Westbound Routes Served: 7, 852 Install Date: 12/15/2023

Better Vibes with Murals

What we heard from riders is they want more inviting spaces while waiting for the Trolley. Artists – get your brushes ready! In the works are three murals at the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley’s Beyer Blvd. Station and E Street Transit Center. All three murals will be ready for your viewing pleasure by the end of the summer. And if you haven’t seen them already, in 2022 we had three murals painted on Orange Line Trolley at Euclid, Massachusetts, and 47th Street.

New Mural Location

Better Bike Racks

Better bike racks are on the way! Making more room for our friends on two wheels is a priority. All 120 New Flyer 60-foot buses (the ones that look like they have an accordion in the middle) now have room for three bikes on the bike racks. And all 56 new buses on order in 2024 will come with three position bike racks. Bike riders rejoice!

Better Bike Racks

Lighting up the Night

Need better light at night? No problem. MTS is installing new solar lighting to 30 bus stops and improving lighting at key stations on the Orange Line to make stations more inviting and riders more comfortable at night.

Bus Shelter - Night

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