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released for comment
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Diamond Awards nominations
due Feb. 28

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Beach sand replenishment
completed
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Orange Line now has
low-floor service
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to $245 per month
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Public involvement plan released for comment
SANDAG invites the public to review and comment on the draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP) that will be used to support the development of a consolidated regional plan. The review period ends Feb. 7, 2013.

Diamond Awards nominations due Feb. 28
SANDAG is now accepting nominations for the iCommute Diamond Awards, a program that honors companies, organizations, schools, agencies, and individuals for helping to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by supporting alternative transportation choices in the region.

Beach sand replenishment completed
After four months, a major project to restore the San Diego region’s eroded shoreline with 1.5 million cubic yards of high-quality sand — enough to fill Qualcomm Stadium — was completed in December. A total of eight beaches in five cities received massive sand infusions, and the beaches are now visibly wider and sandier.

Orange Line now has low-floor service
SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) celebrated another Trolley Renewal milestone on Jan. 9 when elected officials and special guests from around the county came together to inaugurate low-floor Trolley service on the Orange Line. Low-floor trolleys reduce boarding and exit times for all passengers and eliminate the need for wheelchair lifts.

Transit tax benefit increased to $245 per month
Under the fiscal cliff legislation approved by Congress in January, commuters who ride public transit or use vanpools to get to work may be eligible for up to $245 per month in pre-tax transit benefit. That’s an increase of 196 percent, up from $125 per month.

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