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

07/15/20

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

06/11/20

“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

05/01/20

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

04/16/20

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

04/16/20

"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

04/15/20

“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

03/12/20

“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

03/02/20

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

02/24/20

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

02/11/20

“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

12/18/19

"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

10/12/19

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

10/10/19

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

10/10/19

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

06/18/19

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

04/30/19

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

04/29/19

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

04/29/19

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

04/26/19

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

03/20/19

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

03/20/19

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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