posted on: 10/15/2014 - 10:02am by Cosmos
Chasing buses through Balboa Park just got a whole lot more interesting for yours truly ever since MTS introduced its Rapid 215 bus service on October 12, as more buses are now cruising down Park Blvd. more often for longer hours.
Nonetheless, you’d think having buses run seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. at 10-minute intervals during weekday rush hours and at 15-minute intervals the rest of the time would give me ample opportunity to catch up to one these extra-long vehicles. In fact, for a bus traveling northbound on Park Blvd. from downtown, I technically have until it reaches San Diego State University to catch it anywhere along Park Blvd., El Cajon Blvd., or College Ave.
But wouldn’t you know it, these fancy new Rapid buses have their own dedicated lanes, a limited number of stops, and traffic signal prioritization, making them travel faster than any bus I’ve ever chased. Not to mention, stops seem much shorter now, as everyone gets on and off more quickly through multiple doors.
Fortunately, the updated bus shelters along the route not only give me time to catch my breath, but I can scan the electronic message boards for real-time arrival information for the next bus.
Of course, if I wasn’t such a bonehead (or a dog) and really wanted to ride one of these new buses, I’d simply pay the fare, buy a Compass Card, or a 30-Day Pass, which I understand costs a fraction of what it would cost to park downtown every day for a month.
It’s times like these that I really wish the Segway had caught on more – now those were easy to catch!