Area transportation officials today showed off the newly improved Sabre Springs/Penasquitos Transit Station, which underwent a $12.2 million, one-year renovation.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit District.
San Diego Metropolitan Transit District.

The facility, which opens to the public at 4:30 a.m. Monday, has a new multi-level parking structure and added surface parking for a total of 630 vehicles.

The station also has eight bus bays, passenger shelters, next vehicle arrival signs, 10 electric vehicle charging stations, a bicycle parking building, designated spaces for clean-air and vanpool vehicles, electronic parking space availability signs, security cameras and water-efficient landscaping.

“Before, we just had a surface parking lot here, and very rudimentary features for our buses, so this is bringing a whole new level of accessibility to our system,” Rob Schupp of the Metropolitan Transit System told CBS8.

The solar-powered facility will serve the Interstate 15 rapid bus service that will launch later this year, providing high-frequency, seven-day-a- week service in both directions.

According to the San Diego Association of Governments, the buses will run every 10-15 minutes during peak commute periods between Escondido and downtown San Diego, and Escondido and Sorrento Mesa.

The project’s cost was covered by federal and state funds, combined with TransNet half-cent sales tax revenue.

–City News Service