Transit Leap


The Transit Leap will create a complete network of high-speed, high-capacity, frequent transit services that connect major residential areas with employment centers and local attractions. These connections will be made at Mobility Hubs, with links to supporting Flexible Fleet networks.
New high-speed services – covering longer distances with limited stops – may be separated from vehicle traffic with a combination of bridges, tunnels, or dedicated lanes. Improvements to existing services, such as the Trolley, COASTER, SPRINTER, and Rapid may include adding tracks to the rail lines, more frequent service, dedicated transit lanes, and traffic signal priority to keep transit moving quickly.
Stylized photo of rail, photo of a shuttle, photo of an MTS bus
Download an informational flier about the Transit Leap (English | Español).
View the 5 Big Moves glossary of terms (English | Español). 


Transit Leap Webinar

On July 10, 2019, SANDAG hosted a webinar to unpack the Transit Leap with industry experts Katie Chalmers from King County Metro and Ben Porritt from Virgin Trains. View the webinar recording and learn how a variety of transit services, from high-speed transit to autonomous buses, can work together to provide fast, reliable, personalized, and efficient transit choices. Closed captions are available in English and Spanish. 

View responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from this webinar and learn more about the 5 Big Moves webinar series.



  • High-speed transit

    New high-speed transit lines that connect major employment and residential centers with more service frequency and capacity.

  • Expanded service times

    More frequent service that starts earlier and runs later in the day will provide more convenient options to serve more riders.

  • Transit priority

    The addition of dedicated lanes, signal priority during peak travel hours, and grade-separated routes using bridges and tunnels will improve travel times and reliability of service.

  • More personalized services

    A greater variety of vehicle types and services will accommodate various types of trips and attract new riders. 

  • Better integration

    Improved integration with other services will enable more closely timed connections with minimal transfers. 

  • Transition to electric or alternative fuels
    New and existing services will transition to electric power or alternative fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.