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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 on the Board of the Metropolitan Transit System Board and the Transportation Committee for the San Diego Association of Governments. Supervisor 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 Board Approves Ride Free in September with PRONTO


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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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Safe Reopening Compliance Team To Help Business Navigate COVID-19 Rules, County’s Coronavirus Deaths Reveals Huge Disparity


Some businesses in the county are openly flaunting public health orders while others are confused about compliance. To that end, the county has set up a compliance team to help businesses navigate the rules and crack down on those that defy those rules. Also, breaking down San Diego COVID-19 deaths by ZIP codes reveals huge disparity.

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Pride Flag Raised Over County Building, Rainbow-Colored Lights Set For Weekend


"Flying the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag over the County Administration Center for the first time is a symbolically significant step in the direction of equality," said Fletcher, "but the work yet to be undertaken by our recently established human relations commission and office of equity and racial justice will take our commitment to equality to new heights."

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MTS wants your input on their Zero-Emission Bus transition plan!


More Zero-Emission Buses will be coming to San Diego and MTS wants your input! Tune in on July 21 to hear the latest on their transition plan to transform the entire fleet to zero emissions and an update on the recent electric bus pilot program. All comments and feedback will be considered by the MTS Board of Directors prior to submitting the plan to the California Air Resources Board.

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As San Diego Economy Opens Up, MTS to Increase Trolley and Bus Service


“As we continue the regional re-opening of our economy, we know more people will need the services that MTS provides. We want people to know that San Diego’s transit system will continue to be a safe and reliable option as possible,” said MTS Board Chair Nathan Fletcher. “We’ve strengthened our already-enhanced sanitizing protocols on vehicles and at stations and implemented policies to better-protect our passengers and employees. We are now increasing service to help reliability and allow for greater physical distancing of passengers.”

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MTS Introduces New Tool to Fight COVID-19; Other Measures Introduced to Help Passengers During Pandemic


MTS has added a new decontamination protocol to its regular cleaning schedule. In addition to daily cleaning with disinfectants, buses will be fogged with a CDC-approved substance that kills COVID-19 (and other viruses) on contact.

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MTS Board Meeting Recap: COVID Financial Impacts, $100M Capital Improvement Program Approved, Ballot Measure Effort Postponed


At its meeting today, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors addressed significant topics that impact the future of transit in San Diego.

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Supervisor Fletcher on the Future of ELEVATE SD


"It is with a heavy heart, we confront the obvious and unavoidable reality that while the time will come to engage the public on an increased investment in our transit future, that time will not be in 2020."

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MTS and NCTD to “Sound the Horn” for Public Transit Workers


“The folks who operate, drive, and work on transit are unsung heroes every day," said Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Supervisor, and MTS Chair. "But in light of this health crisis and the fact that they are providing an absolutely essential service makes this acknowledgment even more meaningful. This is a small but powerful way to applaud the excellent work our transit operators are providing during this critical time.”

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MTS Adds Handwashing Stations, Extra Cleaning Crews to battle COVID-19


“We’re thankful to our Board Chair and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher for his leadership, collaboration and the quick response to get these handwashing stations out onto our system,” said MTS CEO Paul Jablonski.

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MTS Kicks off Essay Contest for Students to Win New Laptops


MTS & Coca Cola will award 40 high school students (Grades 9-12) a new laptop computer as part of the 17th Annual Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest. Students in grades 9-12 from all around San Diego County are encouraged to submit an essay and application starting March 2 through April 10.

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South Bay City Ranks Among the Top 20 Worst Commutes in US


If you’re regularly driving through Chula Vista, you have one of the worst commutes in the country, according to a study that compared drive times in the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

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Increasing Transit Ridership in San Diego Continues


“More and more San Diegans are using transit as an alternative to driving. This has a direct effect on lessening traffic congestion, providing cleaner air and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Supervisor. “This momentum significantly helps our efforts moving MTS forward to provide a better connected, less congested, greener future.”

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First Battery-Electric San Diego MTS Bus Now Serving Passengers


"The start of service also marks the start of a two-year electric bus pilot program announced earlier this fall."

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Politically Speaking: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Gives County Assessment


NBC 7's Alex Presha invites Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to discuss the county progress.

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Nathan Fletcher takes over as head of San Diego MTS board, vows to fight for transit upgrades


County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher took over as head of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors on Thursday.

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New Transit Leadership Takes Reigns at MTS


In a unanimous vote today, the San Diego County Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board of directors elected San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to a two-year term as chairperson.

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Carmel Valley weighs in on MTS’ plan to improve transit system


Excerpts from Del Mar Times: As MTS eyes placing a measure on the 2020 ballot to provide funding for transit projects, they are gathering input with the lofty task of defining what the future of transportation in San Diego should look like.

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Statement: Reaction by Supervisor Fletcher to Board Vote on SANDAG Vision


Today the majority of the Board made a choice to contribute to increases in greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. My choice is to fight for a better future and reject the idea of clinging to a failed past.

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SANDAG Plan Roils Two San Diego County Supervisors


Excerpts from KPBS article: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said it is in SANDAG’s authority to change the focus of the transportation plan. The request from Desmond and Gaspar comes at the same time that the county is working to develop a legally defensible climate action plan.

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Supervisor Fletcher opposes Effort to Deny Climate Realities


Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar’s opposition to SANDAG’s vision for a transit-oriented future denies the realities of climate change, encourages the agency to ignore a court order, and misleads voters about the authority the regional planning agency has to change the 2011 Regional Transportation Plan.

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Statement: Response to Board Letter Opposing 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance Modifications


On Tuesday, the vote before the Board is about choosing to believe in climate science or being a climate denier. It is about choosing cleaner air or increased pollution for the next generation.

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MTS Releases Poll Showing Public Support for Transit Investment


Excerpts from Times of San Diego article: The Metropolitan Transit System released poll results Thursday showing majority support for a sales tax increase to support investment in mass transit.

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Transit Officials Release Poll Results: 7 out of 10 San Diego Voters Support New Sales Tax for Public Transit Improvements


According to a recent poll conducted by FM3 Research, public support is very strong to fund more transit projects with a possible new half-cent sales tax.

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