East County News Service
March 11, 2019 (San Diego) -- Land use and transportation think tank Circulate San Diego released a report this week detailing how an MTS ballot measure could finance transformative transit projects, road repair and safety programs. Transportation leaders and advocates hosted a press conference at the Old Transit Center.
Circulate San Diego’s new report, “Transit Together,” finds that an MTS ballot measure could fund long planned transit projects and dedicate billions of dollars to new priorities. Major projects that an MTS ballot measure could fund include transit connections to the airport, the Purple Line connecting the border to jobs centers in Kearny Mesa, bus fleet electrification and accessibility improvements, safe routes to school, transit, and for seniors, and student transit passes.
The following advocates joined Circulate San Diego in support of transportation funding:
- Colin Parent, Circulate San Diego and La Mesa City Councilmember
- Armando Nuñez, Southwest Carpenters
- Andy Hanshaw, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
- Ginger Hitzke, Circulate San Diego Board Member
“Our report is a roadmap to help MTS put forward the strongest possible transportation ballot measure to attract the support of voters,” said Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel for Circulate San Diego. Parent authored the report “Transit Together.”
ECM sent an email last week asking Parent if any East County projects are included for funding if the ballot measure is approved and we did not receive a response.
“MTS has the opportunity to reinvest $10 billion in local revenue to improve our transportation network, and create good paying local jobs, and we look forward to working with MTS to ensure the proposal does just that” said Armando Nuñez with the Southwest Carpenters.
”Transit Together” can be downloaded here: http://www.circulatesd.org/transittogether
Circulate San Diego is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.