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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.

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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


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


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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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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Trolley-to-airport extension coming to San Diego


A Metropolitan Transit System study released Thursday has determined that the long-desired extension trolley to the San Diego International Airport is possible and can be completed within the next decade.

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Program to help lower-income San Diego residents buy electric vehicles expected to launch next year


Delayed more than a year amid the pandemic, a state program designed to help lower-income Californians buy electric vehicles got funding approval last week to launch in San Diego County next year. The California Air Resources Board voted on Nov. 19 to approve a funding plan that includes $5 million to implement the Clean Cars 4 All program in San Diego County.

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Nathan Fletcher Re-Elected Chair of MTS


In a unanimous vote today, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board of directors re-elected San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to a second two-year term as chairperson. His appointment will run through December 2023.

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Where Will San Diego Spend Money From Federal Infrastructure Law?


The $1 trillion infrastructure agreement was signed into law by Pres. Joe Biden on Monday, and now the federal government will send that money to local and state governments to fix things like crumbling roads and bridges. In San Diego, county leaders expect to spend the money on everything from fixing roads to investing in the expansion of the Mid-Coast Trolley.

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Local leaders tout benefits of federal infrastructure bill


America’s crumbling infrastructure could soon see major improvements. A $1.2 trillion infrastructure package was signed Monday by President Joe Biden. The bipartisan bill includes money for roads, bridges, transportation, clean drinking water, access to high-speed internet and more.

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MTS wins National Award for COVID-19 Response


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has selected the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as the winner of the Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards for the agency’s outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognizes transportation systems that have implemented programs or initiatives that have achieved documented success in addressing specific safety or security program areas.

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Today, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) policy, which directs staff to begin negotiations on a comprehensive PLA with the San Diego County Building & Construction Trades Council. The PLA will apply to MTS projects over $1 million.

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MTS Board Approves Construction of 390 Housing Units Along Trolley Line in South Bay


Today the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved an agreement with two developers to build 390 housing units for low and moderate-income families at the Palm Avenue Trolley Station. Earlier this year, MTS broke ground in another transit-oriented development at its Grantville Trolley Station with 250 units.

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MTS Purchases 12 Electric Buses to Service South Bay’s All-Electric Iris Rapid Route


Continuing its commitment to cleaner air and expanding access to transit in the region, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced the purchase order of 12 sixty-foot battery-electric buses to provide service on the new 100% electric Iris Rapid.

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