As part of the Downtown Rapid Stations Project, a total of 11 uniquely branded stations have been built along or near the Broadway corridor to serve Rapid lines - a high-frequency, limited stop service. The new downtown stations differentiate Rapid from other bus services, provide upgraded passenger amenities, and enhance the pedestrian experience on the improved blocks.
- 11 stations built between Santa Fe Depot (Kettner Boulevard) and Smart Corner (Park Boulevard), major transfer points to trains and Trolleys
- 16-foot-tall pylon signs at each end of the station with signature Rapid branding, digital screens with next arrival displays, and built-in security cameras
- Metallic silver station shelters that provide an open and transparent feel
- Upgraded streetscape, including sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps, and landscaping
The Rapid Stations Project represents another major milestone in the region's effort to expand the Rapid network and offer greater amenities and convenience to transit patrons. SANDAG and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) first launched Rapid in June 2014.
Rapid 235 and Rapid Express 280 and 290 operate along the I-15 Corridor and terminate downtown. A Mid-City line (Mid-City Rapid 215) operates between San Diego State University and downtown via Park and El Cajon boulevards. Another Rapid line will begin serving South Bay in 2018. All of these lines stop at stations along or near Broadway in Downtown San Diego. Route 992 to the airport also use some of the new stations.
The Broadway corridor was selected as the location for downtown Rapid service due to its proximity to employment areas and entertainment destinations.