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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

CHAIR FLETCHER: NEW MTS PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT POLICY TO SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES

10/14/21

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

10/14/21

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

10/08/21

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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MTS Launches Free Wi-Fi Pilot Program on 10 Buses

07/16/21

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has launched a free Wi-Fi program on 10 buses to test internet access for its riders.

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Construction Ends And Testing Begins On The Trolley Blue Line Extension

06/30/21

NBC 7's coverage of the Blue Line Trolley Extension at Tecolote Station.

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The 11-Mile Trolley Blue Line Extension Is Now In The Hands of MTS To Begin Testing

06/30/21

KUSI's coverage of the Blue Line Trolley Extension at Tecolote Station.

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Powered Up: First Trolley Rides Mid-Coast Tracks and Enters Tecolote Station

06/29/21

Transportation leaders and transit advocates from around the region gathered to witness the first-ever Trolley on the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line. The milestone signifies that train testing is beginning and that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is officially transferring responsibility to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) for operations.

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future

06/29/21

San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year

06/29/21

The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment

06/29/21

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health

06/29/21

NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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VA Medical Center Trolley Station unveiled as part of $2 billion rail expansion

06/23/21

A Mid-Coast Trolley extension is slated to open for service in November, connecting downtown to UCSD and University City.

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Trolley Station near UCSD pays tribute to military members

06/23/21

A San Diego trolley station that was unveiled Wednesday near the VA Medical Center in La Jolla features a design that pays tribute to veterans and military members, who will have easier access to critical medical services.

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March and Ash Mission Valley Joins Local 135!

06/22/21

UFCW Local 135 would like to congratulate the cannabis workers at March and Ash’s flagship Mission Valley location on their decision to join the union!

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MTS Board Approves Ride Free in September with PRONTO

06/17/21

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved a plan for passengers to ride free in September with PRONTO to help riders smoothly transition from Compass Cards to the new PRONTO fare collection system.

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40 High Schoolers Win New Laptops as Part of MTS & Reyes Coca-Cola Essay Contest

05/25/21

“It’s been a very challenging year for these students. They all faced an unprecedented learning experience,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair, and Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I am very proud of them. It is encouraging to see that this up-and-coming generation has a lot of talent, resolve and perseverance.”

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Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric Join Pedal Ahead Community Electric Bicycle Program to Celebrate Launch of SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week

05/17/21

San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Gas & Electric joined with the Pedal Ahead community electric bicycle program to celebrate the launch of SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week with a special e-bike demonstration and showcase promoting ridership and workforce development in the burgeoning San Diego County bicycling industry.

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MTS Launches Eat-Shop-Play Small Business Support Campaign

04/21/21

A new campaign to help small businesses recovering from the pandemic has launched by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). Eat-Shop-Play is a small business support program that rewards people for shopping local. Designed to get more customers into neighborhood stores and spur more economic development, the program is free for retailers and is supported by an MTS-sponsored outreach and advertising campaign.

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Grantville Trolley Station 250-Unit Development Aims to Help Housing Crunch in San Diego

04/09/21

The housing market will soon get some much-needed relief as transit and housing officials broke ground on a new $106 million 250-unit residential development at the Grantville Trolley Station. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and Greystar Real Estate are partnering on the development, which sits between the new SDSU West site and SDSU main campus. A second, neighboring development is in the works for later this year on another portion of the station property reserved for qualified low-income residents.

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Supervisor Fletcher & Rider Safety Visibility Launch Pedal Ahead Electric Bicycle Community Program

09/22/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, in partnership with the 501c3 Rider Safety Visibility (RSV), today launched Pedal Ahead, a two-year, emission-reducing program designed to serve as an alternative to automobile transportation in the fourth supervisorial district, with a particular focus on Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando and Redwood Village.

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MTS Board Approves Plan for All-Electric Bus Fleet by 2040

09/17/20

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System made a huge commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today as its Board of Directors unanimously approved a transition plan to convert all of the agency’s 800 buses to zero emissions by 2040.

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Living with a Ford Focus EV – Part 1: Interview with Ben Sullins

09/01/20

Is 70 miles of range really enough for a daily driver? I met up with San Diego County Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher to see what his commute is like and to learn a little more about this EV.

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MTS Launches New Reduced Fine Program for MTS Trolley & Bus Fare Violations

08/31/20

Got caught without a transit fare? The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has new, easier ways to clear fare evasion citations. Beginning tomorrow, the agency will begin a Fare Enforcement Diversion pilot program that reduces fines and allows fare violators new options for clearing citations.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Named 'Legislator of the Year' by Democratic Party

08/29/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher tonight received the Legislator of the Year Award from the San Diego County Democratic Party during its 40th Annual Roosevelt Dinner, which was hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic Brings More Biking And Fewer Crashes — But Can It Last?

08/28/20

One of the few positive things to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has been a renaissance in cycling. Quieter streets with fewer cars, along with a desire to escape the isolation of working from home, have prompted many San Diegans to explore the city by bike.

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