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Too many people in our community are spending too much time stuck in traffic. This not only takes a toll on local commuters and our economy but is also threatens our environment. Our region’s population is increasing and the industries that drive our economy are starting to diversify -- signaling that we are transforming from a beach town with suburban sprawl to a more dense, dynamic and thriving urban environment. Through his leadership as Chair of the Board of the Metropolitan Transit System Board, Chair Nathan Fletcher is fighting to bring a fast, safe, more reliable and better connected transit system to our region. He knows that if we continue to slow-roll investments in transit options, the costs will be much greater for future generations.

News: Transportation

MTS Unveils Systemwide Satisfaction Survey Results and Advances Affordable Housing Project

09/15/22

Today, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) presented to its Board of Directors the results of a recent systemwide Customer Satisfaction Survey. This is the agency’s first survey questionnaire post-pandemic, and it revealed an overall satisfaction rate of 91%.

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Transit Agencies Waiving Fares October 5 to Boost Ridership and Promote Clean Air

09/08/22

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) announced Free Ride Day will take place on Wednesday, October 5. All rides will be free on MTS and NCTD services, including the Trolley, COASTER, SPRINTER and fixed-route buses.

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Education and Transportation Leaders Kick-off School Year Highlighting Free Transit for Youth

08/26/22

A new school year is about to begin for tens of thousands of students in San Diego, and getting to class is easier than ever before thanks to a recent program that makes transit free for all people 18 and under.

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Callum’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults in or just exiting the foster care system can ride bus and rail lines throughout San Diego County for free starting July 1.

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Jacqueline’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults in or transitioning out of the foster care system in San Diego County will soon be eligible for free public transportation through a new pilot program.

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Damian’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults who are or have been in foster care can ride buses and trolleys in San Diego County for free starting July 1.

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New Pilot Program Will Offer Free Transit Passes for Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care

06/17/22

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) approved a new pilot program to offer access to free transit fares for people 18 through 24 who have previously been in and exited the foster care system, or who are currently in Extended Foster Care.

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IBEW 569 and Rep. Peters Announces Federal Funds for MTS Zero Emission Bus Project Infrastructure

05/26/22

Today, U.S. Representative Scott Peters(link is external) (CA-52), MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, and representatives from IBEW Local 569 and the Environmental Health Coalition highlighted $750,000 in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) Imperial Avenue Division Zero Emission Bus Project.

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Officials encourage monoclonal treatment for COVID-19 cases

05/26/22

San Diego County has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country, but right now cases are rising. Officials are encouraging San Diegans to take advantage of available treatments.

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COUNTY SUPPORTS YOUTH OPPORTUNITY PASSES WITH $1.5 MILLION

05/10/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and his colleagues on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today passed Vice Chair Nora Vargas’ policy to allocate $1.5 million in County resources to support Youth Opportunity Pass Pilot Program. After the vote, Chair Fletcher issued the following statement:

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Electric Bus Milestone – Construction Begins on Large Scale Charging System in South Bay

05/05/22

The San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) is bringing the latest charging technology and most innovative solutions for zero-emission buses in the region.

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CLEAR Launches Expedited Lanes at San Diego International Airport

04/26/22

As airports across the country experience a surge in passengers, CLEAR (NYSE: YOU) today announced the launch of its expedited lanes in Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport (SAN).

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY VOTE TO SUPPORT GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM’S GAS TAX REBATE PROPOSAL

03/15/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, voted to support the tax rebate proposal of Governor Gavin Newsom.

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Local lawmakers claim hundreds of millions for military, local projects

03/15/22

San Diego’s Congressional delegation and other lawmakers secured $107 million for local community projects and $127 million for local military and veteran projects as part of the massive federal spending bill federal lawmakers passed last week, officials announced.

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MTS Approves New Affordable Housing Development in South Bay

03/11/22

Families in South Bay will soon have more affordable housing options. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors voted to enter an agreement with Affirmed Housing Group to build 100 affordable apartments units near the Beyer Boulevard Trolley Station.

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9 Surplus County & MTS Properties Now Available for Affordable Housing Development

03/07/22

Nathan Fletcher, who serves as Chair of the County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), today announced both entities now have 9 surplus properties totaling more than 13 acres of real estate available to develop affordable housing.

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MTS bus, trolley ridership trending upward as Omicron surge wanes

02/25/22

Sharp declines in transit use triggered by COVID-19 appear to be reversing course as the Omicron variant wanes and San Diegans slowly return to offices, schools and other in-person settings.

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MTS Social Equity Listening Tour to Increase Equity Infrastructure in Transit System

02/16/22

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved a new one-year contract with Pueblo Planning, a social justice participatory planning and design firm, to help identify equity transportation priorities among MTS riders and community members.

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MTS and Affirmed Housing Celebrate Groundbreaking on Critical, Affordable, Transit-Oriented Housing Development

02/14/22

Affirmed Housing, a leading provider of affordable housing throughout California, in collaboration with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), announced the groundbreaking of ShoreLINE, a new, 100% affordable, transit-oriented development located at the Grantville Trolley Station on Alvarado Canyon Road.

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New county rules to encourage home building in unincorporated ‘villages’ near transit

02/12/22

A split county Board of Supervisors has approved rules to streamline development in certain unincorporated areas with the potential for public transit.

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Chair Fletcher & Board of Supervisors Take Action to Build Housing and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

02/09/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and his colleagues on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, by a vote of 3-2, passed a measure to accelerate new housing development in key growth areas, and permanently exempt affordable housing development from Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) costs throughout the unincorporated region, and bring the county into compliance with state environmental and land use laws.

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San Diego supervisors explore how they can cut traffic while adding more homes

01/27/22

Facing the combined challenges of climate change and a housing shortage, the County Board of Supervisors Wednesday considered plans to encourage new home development while reducing the number of vehicle trips by residents.

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Inter-Con Security Officers Begin Patrol at MTS Transit Stations

01/26/22

After a national search to find the right security firm to continue improving the approach to security and enforcement, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has been onboarding security officers from Inter-Con.

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San Diego receiving federal funding for new electric-vehicle charging stations

01/24/22

More than $7 billion in federal funding has been allocated to build electric vehicle charging stations nationwide over the next five years.

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3 YEAR IMPACT REPORT RELEASED BY SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER’S OFFICE

12/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has released an interactive, multimedia “3 Year Impact Report” to highlight some of the progress that has taken place at the County since January 2019 when he began representing San Diego County’s 4th Supervisorial District.

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