Based on initial election results*, over two-thirds of
voters approved “Proposition A,” the extension of TransNet the local half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The proposition is critical to the reduction of the area’s growing traffic congestion and will generate $14 billion for local projects and programs. SANDAG has created an interactive map to depict the proposed components of Proposition A. Scrolling over the map reveals roads, highways, and transit will be improved in communities throughout the region.
“The voters have spoken and their words thus far are music to my ears,” said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Mickey Cafagna. “I expect the trend to continue as the remainder of absentee and provisional ballots are tabulated. The extension of TransNet will allow the region’s transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population and keep San Diego moving effectively well into the future.”
TransNet funding is combined with state and federal dollars to improve the region's transportation network. The funding is distributed in thirds among highway, transit, and local road projects.
Solidified by strong support among San Diego voters, this newly approved 40-year extension will specifically fund major highway expansion projects along Interstates 5, 8, 15, and 805 as well as State Routes 52, 54, 56, 67, 76, 78, 94, 125, and 905. TransNet will support a robust public transportation system, including new Bus Rapid Transit services utilizing new carpool/managed lanes along many of the major freeways.
More than 18 months in the making, the TransNet Extension is based on input and involvement from residents, business, community, and environmental representatives, as well as Caltrans, transit agency, and city and county officials.
* As of
November 9, 2004
, Proposition A had received 66.68 percent of the vote, which is above the necessary two-thirds margin, with about 124,000 absentee and provisional ballots left to count.