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Let the Building Begin
Independent watchdog group formed to monitor
$14 billion in highway, road, and transit funding

Committed to move aggressively on much-needed transportation projects, a screening panel of local mayors and a county supervisor has selected seven individuals to serve as the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) - a group tasked with monitoring and evaluating SANDAG's use of the $14 billion new TransNet sales tax. MORE

Pilot Smart Growth Program to Offer $17 million to Local Projects
The SANDAG Board has unanimously approved the evaluation criteria for a Pilot Smart Growth Incentive Program that will use $17 million of federal Transportation Enhancement funds. MORE

SANDAG Studies Economic Impacts of Border Delays
Each day, more than 136,000 cars and 6,200 trucks, and nearly 340,000 people, travel between the United States and Mexico via the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Tecate border crossings – making the San Diego-Baja California point of entry one of the busiest in the Americas. MORE

Bike to Work Day 2005
Don't forget – SANDAG's Bike to Work Day is scheduled for Friday May 20. MORE

Experimental Crime Rates Using Daytime Population
A standardized method used to measure crime is the rate per 1,000 residents. By comparing crime rates over time, changes in population can be taken into account. MORE

Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors Approves Bus Service Adjustments
To increase efficiency and reduce an operating budget deficit due to scarce public transit operating dollars, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors unanimously approved a serices of service adjustments affecting about 20 routes, plus a proposed new downtown terminal location. MORE

NCTD to Hold Public Hearings on Service Changes
NCTD will conduct public hearings on May 19 to discuss the Proposed BREEZE bus service changes which are slated to take effect on August 14, 2005 and Proposed BREEZE and FAST fare changes which will become effective on September 1, 2005. MORE

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