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I-15 transit center to close 1 year for upgrades

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A transit center along Interstate 15 that serves commuters in Rancho Penasquitos and Sabre Springs is scheduled to be shut down for one year, beginning Friday night, for construction of a parking garage and other upgrades.

The center at I-15 and Ted Williams Parkway will close Friday at 8 p.m., according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

The $12.2 million in planned improvements include a four-story parking structure and added surface parking for a total of 630 spaces, bus staging areas, new shelters and next-bus-arrival signs, according to SANDAG. There will also be water-efficient landscaping, new lighting, solar panels that double as a shade structure for cars, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel-efficient and smart vehicle spaces, security cameras and a bicycle parking facility.

The planning agency reported that two other North County transit stations that had been undergoing renovations are scheduled to open Monday.

The Del Lago Transit Center, on Del Lago Boulevard in Escondido -- close to Interstate 15 and Via Rancho Parkway, and the Rancho Bernardo Transit Center, off West Bernardo Drive, were upgraded to accommodate a "bus rapid transit" system to be rolled out next year, according to SANDAG.

The agency said the stations will have additional bus bays, electronic signs showing the arrival time for the next bus, and security cameras.

"The investments we are making to launch the I-15 Bus Rapid Transit service represent a giant step forward in expanding travel choices in the region," said Jack Dale, SANDAG's chairman and a Santee councilman. "The I-15 express lanes and the direct access ramps to the express lanes will allow buses to speed up travel so they are time-competitive with solo driving."

Another transit station is under construction at Miramar College, and a direct access ramp from the freeway to the express lanes is being built at Mira Mesa Boulevard.

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