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Trees to be removed along Morena Boulevard

1/14/2017 - During the weekend of January 14, 2017, crews will remove trees located within the Mid-Coast Trolley project area on the west side of Morena Boulevard near Baker Street in the City of San Diego. Twelve eucalyptus trees and one palm tree will be removed. Upon completion of construction, trees and ... Full Story...

SANDAG can still deliver on TransNet promises

1/6/2017 - Questions have been raised by Voice of San Diego about the San Diego Association of Governments’ ability to continue improving our region’s transportation system, as well as the agency’s conduct in sharing information with the public about its efforts. Before answering those specific ques... Full Story...

Settlement reached for Mid-Coast Trolley parking spaces

12/20/2016 - After meeting in closed session on Friday, December 20, 2016, the SANDAG Board of Directors asked staff to execute a legal settlement with Protea Properties – the owner of a vacant property slated to be used as a parking lot to serve transit riders who will board the Mid-Coast Trolley at the plan... Full Story...

GO by BIKE mini-grants available

12/9/2016 - SANDAG is helping the San Diego region gear up for National Bike Month (May 2017) by offering $3,000 grants for programs or projects that encourage biking. Local government agencies, community based and nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and business improvement districts... Full Story...

Construction starts on new Bayshore Bikeway segment

12/4/2016 - Elected leaders and bike riders came together on December 4, 2016, to break ground on a new 2.25-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually loop 24 miles around San Diego Bay. “We are making great progress on completing the Bayshore Bikeway in the next four years, and th... Full Story...

Three key freeway connectors now open in Otay Mesa

11/30/2016 - Three key freeway connectors linking State Routes 905 and 11 to northbound South Bay Expressway/the SR 125 toll road opened to traffic on November 30, 2016, providing millions of vehicles exiting the Otay Mesa Port of Entry direct access to the congestion-free SR 125. Previously, northbou... Full Story...

North Coast Corridor Program construction begins

11/29/2016 - Caltrans and SANDAG, along with local and state leaders, kicked off construction on the first phase of the $6 billion, 40-year North Coast Corridor Program to reduce traffic congestion and enhance the environment along the I-5 corridor between Solana Beach and Carlsbad. Known as Build NCC... Full Story...

Downtown Rapid Stations Project complete

11/21/2016 - SANDAG in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has completed the Downtown Rapid Stations Project – a $21 million investment to build 11 modern bus stations on and near the Broadway corridor to elevate public transit to a new level of comfort, security, and convenience, ... Full Story...

Six local employers win Rideshare Coporate Challenge

11/18/2016 - Six companies in the San Diego region are getting accolades for encouraging more workers to adopt healthy and sustainable transportation choices such as carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, biking, and walking. Every October, the SANDAG iCommute Program holds the Rideshare Corporate Ch... Full Story...

New report: Drug use up among male arrestees

11/16/2016 - Approximately three-quarters of adult males (76%) arrested and booked into local jail in San Diego County tested positive for an illicit substance in 2015 – 8 percent higher than in 2014 and the highest level seen in the past 16 years, according to an annual substance abuse monitoring report rele... Full Story...

Thousands help celebrate Mid-Coast Trolley groundbreaking

10/22/2016 - On October 22, 2016, several thousand people attended the Mid-Coast Trolley groundbreaking and community celebration held on the field at The Preuss School UCSD near the future Voigt Drive Trolley station. Attendees enjoyed a free community picnic on the grass while learning about the upcoming co... Full Story...

US DOT commits $1B to Mid-Coast Trolley

9/14/2016 - On September 14, 2016, the top transit official in the United States committed $1 billion toward building the San Diego region’s newest trolley line, signing an agreement that will provide 50 percent of the funds to extend the popular transit service for 11-miles from Old Town to UC San Diego and... Full Story...

Property, violent crimes up countywide

8/31/2016 - Property crime went up by 4 percent countywide in the first half of 2016, compared to the same time period last year, while violent crime increased by 1 percent, according to the mid-year crime repor... Full Story...

S.D. region awarded $66M for rail projects

8/18/2016 - The San Diego region has been awarded $66 million by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to complete three coastal rail corridor projects that will help expand COASTER, Metrolink, and AMTRAK services, as well as improve the efficiency and capacity of freight operations. Th... Full Story...

Grants available to improve transportation services for seniors, disabled

8/8/2016 - Local agencies and community organizations throughout the county are invited to submit applications for $7 million in competitive grants that SANDAG is administering with the goal of improving transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The grants are made possible by tw... Full Story...

Local employers recognized for green transportation choices

7/25/2016 - Sixty-one employers countywide are getting recognized with Diamond Awards due to their outstanding efforts to encourage workers to use environmentally sustainable transportation choices. The Diamond Awards are administered by the SANDAG iCommute program, which provides a variety of commut... Full Story...

SANDAG earns AAA bond ratings

7/22/2016 - Two national bond rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – have assigned AAA ratings to $350 million in tax revenue bonds that SANDAG plans to sell this summer to raise money for high-priority regional transportation improvements. S&P issued its rating on July 22, 2016. Fitch issued its ra... Full Story...

More youth report marijuana as first drug they try

7/20/2016 - More than half (56 percent) of at-risk youth in the San Diego region reported marijuana was the first illicit substance they ever used, up from 34 percent in 2007, and they reported marijuana was even easier to obtain than tobacco, according to data compiled by the SANDAG Substance Abuse Monitori... Full Story...

Mesa Directiva de SANDAG coloca propuesta en la boleta electoral de noviembre

7/12/2016 - Las autoridades electas de toda la región que forman la Mesa Directiva de SANDAG votaron el pasado viernes colocar una propuesta regional en la boleta electoral de noviembre de 2016 para recaudar fondos para reparar vialidades, aliviar el congestionamiento vial, mejorar el transporte público y la... Full Story...

SANDAG Board puts measure on November 2016 ballot

7/8/2016 - Elected officials countywide who make up the SANDAG Board of Directors voted on July 8, 2016, to place a countywide measure on the November 2016 ballot to raise funds to repair roads, relieve highway congestion, improve transit and bike/pedestrian networks, conserve open space, and manage land to... Full Story...

$49M coming to region to help reduce border congestion

7/7/2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation is slated to award SANDAG and Caltrans $49.28 million to complete Segment 2 of SR 11 in Otay Mesa along with two southbound connectors linking SR 905, SR 125, and SR 11, federal officials have announced. This border infrastructure project is critical... Full Story...

Area beaches wider, less eroded, thanks to sand replenishment effort

7/1/2016 - Local beaches that were replenished with sand in 2012 as part of a regionwide shoreline preservation project are on average 33 feet wider and three to six feet higher than in 2009, despite the big waves from the last El Niño winter, according a new study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography... Full Story...

CTC allocates $100M for North County improvements

6/30/2016 - The California Transportation Commission voted today to allocate $103.7 million to the San Diego region to extend carpool lanes on Interstate 5 (I-5) and add a second track to a portion of the coastal rail line in North San Diego County. The funding will enable SANDAG and Caltrans to begi... Full Story...

Proposed ballot measure includes $10B in environmental investments

6/20/2016 - Three mayors and two city councilmembers – all of whom have placed the environment among their highest priorities – gathered Monday, June 20, 2016, at a beautiful spot on San Diego Bay to outline the unprecedented investment a proposed tax measure would make in transit, open space, and biking/wal... Full Story...

New carpool lanes set to open on I-805

6/16/2016 - Four miles of carpool lanes on I-805 and a Direct Access Ramp at Carroll Canyon Road are set to open in the Golden Triangle Area in about a week, helping to provide congestion relief for a major employment hub in the region, officials announced at a celebration today. The $119 million pro... Full Story...

Bike to Work Day pit stops drew more than 9,700 visits

5/24/2016 - Bike to Work Day across San Diego County was enthusiastically embraced by commuters last Friday (May 20), with pit stops recording more than 9,700 visits from bike riders, who stopped by to enjoy everything from donuts and Clif bars to Suja juice and coffee. The SANDAG iCommute program or... Full Story...

Case study: One meth user's story

4/27/2016 - “Michael” was a meth user whose continued criminal activity cost San Diego county taxpayers an estimated $201,877 over a span of three decades. However, thanks to an innovative law enforcement and drug treatment outreach effort known as Operation Tip the Scale, Michael* has been able to g... Full Story...

New signs aim to improve travel time, reliability on I-15

4/19/2016 - Officials from SANDAG and Caltrans are activating the final piece of a system designed to guide motorists around major incidents when they occur along the I-15 corridor, providing travel choices and improving travel-time reliability. “Our region is a leader in taking advantage of technolo... Full Story...

$1.3B in border infrastructure invested

4/15/2016 - U.S. and Mexican officials gathered on April 15, 2016, in Otay Mesa to celebrate major milestones in completing key missing pieces in the border roadway network and to highlight more than $1.3 billion worth of infrastructure projects that have recently been completed, are under construction, or b... Full Story...

Crime rate up in 2015, still near historic low

4/14/2016 - The overall crime rate in San Diego County increased by 6 percent in 2015, although it still remained near a 36-year low, according to the annual regional crime report released today by SANDAG. An 11 percent jump in larcenies fueled much of the overall increase, according to the report, <... Full Story...

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grants available

4/4/2016 - A total of $30,000 in grant funding is available to local schools and school districts to help fund programs that encourage students to walk or bike to school, or educate youngsters about pedestrian and bike safety. For the 2016–2017 school year, the SANDAG iCommute program will offer Wa... Full Story...

South Bay Rapid breaks ground

2/17/2016 - 2/17/16 - SANDAG, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Caltrans, and the City of Chula Vista began construction of the South Bay Rapid project  - a $113 million Bus Rapid Transit service that will provide South County travelers with a frequent and reliable transit ch... Full Story...

State Board accepts SANDAG strategy to reduce GHG emissions

1/20/2016 - The California Air Resources Board has found that the Sustainable Communities Strategy developed by SANDAG will achieve the greenhouse gas reduction targets set for the region by state law, according to a recently issued executive order. “The Regional Plan not only meets and exceeds our G... Full Story...

Construction completed on I-805 East Plaza Blvd auxiliary lane project

1/15/2016 - A new northbound auxiliary lane and southbound outside through lane opened to traffic on January 15, 2016, along I-805 in National City. The addition of these lanes are expected to improve overall freeway flow and help to alleviate congestion along I-805 in South San Diego County. The ap... Full Story...

Help shape our region's future

1/7/2016 - In preparation for a potential ballot measure to fund transportation projects and other important regional infrastructure, SANDAG is asking the public to share their priorities for our region’s future. SANDAG is currently considering a funding measure that could help pay for projects and ... Full Story...

SANDAG Board taps Supervisor Ron Roberts as chair

12/18/2015 - The SANDAG Board of Directors unanimously elected San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts as its new chair and Del Mar Deputy Mayor Terry Sinnott as vice chair on December 18, 2015. Roberts – a former planning commissioner and two-term councilmember for the City of San Diego – has repres... Full Story...

Public safety spending up

12/16/2015 - Spending by public safety agencies in San Diego County edged up slightly in FY 2014-15, marking the fourth straight year that expenditures have increased, according to a report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. Combined, agencies across the region spent nearly $2 ... Full Story...

Local benefits expected this holiday season

12/1/2015 - San Diego County appears to have made the “nice list” this holiday season. Barring last-minute misbehavior, the region’s economy can expect several significant gifts this December, according to a SANDAG look at projected activity. SANDAG chief economist Ray Major broke down national and r... Full Story...

Thanksgiving's impact on local economy

11/25/2015 - As a nod to Thanksgiving, SANDAG’s chief economist recently analyzed national and regional statistics to give residents some perspective on the holiday and its economic impact on San Diego County. “From time to time, it’s important to step back to get a clear view on how events and holida... Full Story...

New arrest report findings

11/23/2015 - More people were arrested in 2014 for committing violent crimes than for property crimes in San Diego County, according to an annual report issued on November 23, 2015, by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. In all, law enforcement officers made 15,566 arrests for violent crime... Full Story...

Rideshare Challenge winners announced

11/6/2015 - The SANDAG iCommute program honored six employers in San Diego County for encouraging employees to choose healthy, sustainable commute options during Rideshare Month this October. Overall, 69 employers, with more than 178,000 employees, participated in this year’s Rideshare Challenge, ch... Full Story...

SR 905/SR 125/SR 11 connectors project breaks ground

10/26/2015 - Regional officials gathered on October 26, 2015, in Otay Mesa to break ground on an important border infrastructure project that will directly link SR 905 and the future SR 11 to northbound SR 125. This freeway-to-freeway connectors project will help reduce border congestion and accommodate the g... Full Story...

Gang involvement among San Diego County arrestees

10/19/2015 - Despite low crime rates, young people in San Diego County continue to join gangs at a young age, a fact that highlights the need for early interventions and prevention efforts, according to a report released on October 19, 2015, by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. The report... Full Story...

410 acres preserved in Lakeside

10/13/2015 - Collaboration between the Endangered Habitats Conservancy, SANDAG, and the U.S. Department of Defense has resulted in the preservation of a 410-acre property in East County that’s home to valuable habitat and wildlife, including a robust population of the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher... Full Story...

SANDAG Board adopts Regional Plan

10/9/2015 - The SANDAG Board of Directors voted unanimously on October 9, 2015, to adopt the final version of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, a sweeping blueprint for the future that will invest $204 billion into transportation infrastructure projects over the next 35 years. San Diego Forward l... Full Story...

Meth use at 15-year high among female arrestees

10/1/2015 - Substance abuse continues to be associated with criminal activity in San Diego County – with around two-thirds of adults arrested found under the influence of at least one illicit drug, and about one in three arrested while on multiple drugs, according to figures released today by SANDAG’s Crimin... Full Story...

Congratulations Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grant recipients

9/15/2015 - The SANDAG iCommute program awarded mini-grants to 16 San Diego County schools and one school district that are working to promote safe, active transportation choices for local students. The mini-grants – awarded through iCommute’s Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program – support activit... Full Story...

Overall mid-year crime rate relatively stable

9/14/2015 - As of mid-year, the region’s overall crime rate, the violent-crime rate, and the property-crime rate remained relatively stable, down 1 percent respectively, according to a report released by SANDAG on September 14, 2015. “The relative stability in the region’s crime rates is notable, gi... Full Story...

Celebration highlights $660M Trolley Renewal project completion

9/12/2015 - Thousands of people attended a free community event on September 12 at Chula Vista’s E Street Trolley Station, celebrating the completion of the $660 million Trolley Renewal Project. The event – hosted by SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – marked the end of a five-year eff... Full Story...

Employers encouraged to participate in Rideshare 2015 Challenge

8/13/2015 - Organizations throughout the region are invited to participate in a fun competition to help the environment by encouraging their employees to get there together and use alternative ways to get to work, such as carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, and transit. Registration for the 2015 Rideshare ... Full Story...

Employers recognized for green transportation choices

7/24/2015 - Thirty-three organizations throughout San Diego County were recognized with Diamond Awards on July 24, 2015, during a special reception at SANDAG for their outstanding efforts to encourage their employees to use alternative transportation choices, such as public transit, carpooling, biking, and w... Full Story...

Bike to Work Day grows in 2015

6/8/2015 - Despite a two-week postponement due to heavy rains, an estimated 8,742 people biked to work throughout the San Diego region on May 29, producing a slight increase in participation over last year’s Bike to Work Day. Bike commuters logged a total of 18,065 miles on Bike to Work Day in the i... Full Story...

Bike to Work Day postponed to May 29

5/14/2015 - Due to heavy rains and thunderstorms forecast for the greater San Diego region tomorrow, which could create unsafe bike riding conditions across the county during the morning and afternoon commutes, SANDAG announced on May 14, 2015, that Bike to Work Day activities will be rescheduled from Friday... Full Story...

San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan released for public comment

4/24/2015 - At its meeting on April 24, 2015, the SANDAG Board of Directors released the draft version of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan for public review and comment. The Draft Plan is available at sdforward.com. San Diego Forward incorpora... Full Story...

Violent crime, property crime rates at 35-year lows

4/22/2015 - The 2014 violent crime rate of 3.31 per 1,000 population represents a 6 percent drop from 2013, and is the lowest in 35 years throughout San Diego County, according to the annual regional crime report released on April 22, 2015, by SANDAG. 'These regional statistics show San Diego County ... Full Story...

Coastal habitat preserved near Batiquitos Lagoon

4/8/2015 - Standing atop a bluff overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon, regional leaders and conservation advocates announced on April 7, 2015, the acquisition of 50.5 acres of prime coastal habitat located southeast of the lagoon in the cities of Encinitas and Carlsbad. The property was previously proposed for... Full Story...

SANDAG launches GObyBIKEsd.com

3/16/2015 - As part of a $200 million initiative to expand bike infrastructure and make riding a bike a transportation choice for everyday trips, SANDAG is launching GO by BIKE, a public outreach and marketing program aimed at expanding awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of biking as a practical and rea... Full Story...

CA Supreme Court grants SANDAG request for review

3/12/2015 - The California Supreme Court has granted a request by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to review an appellate court decision on the agency’s environmental impact report (EIR) for its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). “The Supreme Court’s decision to grant review is... Full Story...

New study offers insights on juvenile delinquency

3/9/2015 - An in-depth study of chronic juvenile offenders in the San Diego region found that a majority of the youth have suffered childhood trauma and have mental health, truancy, and substance abuse issues. The study captures the voices of youth about what caused their escalating involvement in the crimi... Full Story...

Mid-Coast Trolley project achieves major milestone

1/1/2015 - The Mid-Coast Trolley project reached a significant milestone on October 15 when the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) signed the Record of Decision for the federal environmental document. Called the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), the approval of this environmental r... Full Story...

SANDAG makes $15M in grants available for smart growth, bike/ped projects

12/22/2014 - To incentivize projects that promote smart growth, as well as increase walking, biking, and transit usage, SANDAG is calling on local jurisdictions to submit applications for $15 million in competitive grants available under its TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and TransNet Active T... Full Story...

SANDAG Board to appeal RTP ruling to CA Supreme Court

12/5/2014 - With the goal of clarifying state law on greenhouse gas emissions, the SANDAG Board of Directors decided Friday to appeal a recent Fourth District Court of Appeal decision on the environmental review of its regional transportation plan up to the California Supreme Court. “The Board decide... Full Story...

Grant funding available for creative ideas to promote bicycling

12/3/2014 - Wanted: fun, exciting, and creative projects and programs to promote bicycling in the San Diego region. SANDAG is providing grants of up to $3,000 to local government agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, and nonprofits to organize and promote bicycling activities around Bi... Full Story...

Public safety spending regionwide increased 5%

12/3/2014 - Public safety spending in the San Diego region has risen for the third consecutive year, reaching $1.9 billion in fiscal year 2013-2014, according to a new report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. A year-to-year comparison showed a five-percent growth in spending over the... Full Story...

Mid-Coast Trolley receives environmental approval

11/21/2014 - The Mid-Coast trolley extension received final environmental approval on November 21, and the project is now poised to compete for federal funding and move forward into construction. The SANDAG Board of Directors voted unanimously Friday morning to certify the state environmental document... Full Story...

SANDAG announces winners of Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge

11/17/2014 - Three schools in the San Diego region will receive cash prizes as top finishers of the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge, an annual competition organized by the SANDAG Full Story...

SANDAG to reschedule October 10 Board meeting

10/6/2014 - The SANDAG Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Friday, October 10 — focusing solely on the proposed State Route 11 Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE) project — has been cancelled due to a... Full Story...

1 in 5 homicides were the result of domestic violence

10/2/2014 - Domestic violence was the second most common cause of homicide in San Diego County in 2013 – with argument being the most frequent reason and gang activity ranking third, according to a new report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. The report, “Full Story...

Miramar College Transit Station & I-15 Mira Mesa Direct Access Ramp opening

10/1/2014 - The Mira Mesa Direct Access Ramp (DAR) will open Monday, Oct. 6, and the Miramar College Transit Station will open Sunday, Oct. 12, providing the region’s residents fast and efficient ways to get to key destinations along the I-15 corridor, as well as UC San Diego, Sorrento Mesa, and the UTC area... Full Story...

Property crime in the region declined 13 percent in the first half of 2014, while arsons spiked

9/9/2014 - Property crime dropped by 13 percent and violent crime decreased by 1 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, but arsons increased by 21 percent, according to a SANDAG report released today. Sixteen of 19 local jurisdictions experienced decreases in proper... Full Story...

Rideshare Corporate Challenge: registration open through Sept. 26

9/8/2014 - October is Rideshare Month, when the San Diego region celebrates the many benefits of alternative transportation choices, such as taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, riding a bike, or walking. Employers throughout San Diego County are invited to take part in the Rideshare 2014 Corporate Chall... Full Story...

$350M sold to finance key transportation projects

8/29/2014 - Capitalizing on favorable market conditions and strong investor demand, SANDAG has sold $350 million in tax-exempt, fixed-rate bonds at an exceptionally low 3.85 percent interest rate to finance key transportation improvements in the region. With investors willing to pay a premium for the... Full Story...

Marijuana use up among juveniles in San Diego County

8/22/2014 - More than half of the youth booked into Juvenile Hall in San Diego County tested positive for marijuana, the highest rate seen in 14 years, according to a new report released by SANDAG. Fifty-three percent tested positive in 2013, up from 42 percent in 2000. The study, “Full Story...

SANDAG earns AAA ratings

7/28/2014 - Two national bond rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – have  assigned AAA ratings to $350 million in tax revenue bonds that SANDAG plans to sell this summer to raise money for high-priority regional transportation improvements. S&P issued its Full Story...

New study: Most adults arrested are not under probation

5/22/2014 - Despite the shift of offenders from the state to the county under public safety realignment, most of the adults arrested in the region are not offenders under probation supervision – only 12 percent of adult arrests in 2012 involved someone on probation – according to a new report released by SAN... Full Story...

ALERT: Bike to Work Day rescheduled to May 30

5/15/2014 - In light of the disruptions caused by the wildfires, the SANDAG iCommute program has decided to postpone the Friday, May 16 Bike to Work Day event countywide to Friday, May 30. At this time, our primary concern is the health and safety of riders, the public, and emergency response person... Full Story...

511 San Diego app now available to help commuters avoid traffic headaches

5/9/2014 - San Diego County residents now have a free tool in the palm of their hands to help them avoid traffic headaches. On May 9, regional leaders unveiled the 511 San Diego mobile application– the only app of its kind in the nation tha... Full Story...

$360M available for bike/ped facilities & programs

5/1/2014 - Under the state Active Transportation Program, California has budgeted $360 million over three years, starting in FY 2014, to expand bike/pedestrian facilities and programs, with a focus on benefitting disadvantaged communities. That money will be distributed in a competitive grant process at bot... Full Story...

Regional leaders get wheels rolling for National Bike Month

5/1/2014 - In San Diego County, bicycles are on a roll. Scores of enthusiastic riders joined the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) iCommute program t... Full Story...

Violent crime rate falls after spike in 2012

4/17/2014 - After an uptick in 2012, the regional violent crime rate declined in 2013, with homicides seeing the biggest one-year decrease, according to the annual regional crime report released by SANDAG. The 2013 violent crime rate – 3.66 per 1,000 residents – represented a 5 percent decrease from ... Full Story...

New bike path opens in Oceanside

4/7/2014 - A new segment of the Coastal Rail Trail – a bikeway that will eventually span 44 miles from Oceanside to San Diego – has been completed in Oceanside and is now open to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the $2.45 million project was held April 7 on the north e... Full Story...

2014 Diamond Awards winners announced

3/28/2014 - The SANDAG iCommute program is honoring ten organizations and two individuals with Diamond Awards for their outstanding contributions to promoting and participating in alternative transportation choices in the San Diego ... Full Story...

Cross-jurisdictional task forces key to combating drug trafficking and violence

2/18/2014 - Collaboration among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the form of multi-jurisdictional task forces is key to combating drug trafficking and violence stemming from the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a three-year evaluation conducted by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Div... Full Story...

New study details local impact of public safety realignment

2/7/2014 - Due to statewide public safety realignment, 35 percent of all inmates in local detention facilities in San Diego County are offenders with more serious criminal histories who would have previously been housed in state prison – and these realigned offenders (who are generally at a higher risk of r... Full Story...

Kim Kawada named SANDAG Chief Deputy Executive Director

12/23/2013 - Kim Kawada, who has served in a variety of leadership roles at SANDAG for nearly 19 years, has been promoted to Chief Deputy Executive Director. She succeeds Renée Wasmund who is retiring from her post after a decade-long career at SANDAG. Kawada, who was most recently the agency’s T... Full Story...

Construction starts on SR 11 to ease border congestion

12/10/2013 - After more than a decade of planning, SANDAG and Caltrans broke ground December 10 on a major project to build critically needed border infrastructure – a new freeway and eventually a new port of entry in Otay Mesa – to cut border wait times and boost crossborder trade. Estimated to cost ... Full Story...

158 gangs call S.D. County home

12/4/2013 - Although crime in general has been decreasing in the San Diego region, gangs continue to play a significant role in a variety of crimes, such as drug distribution, robbery, and prostitution, according to a new report released by SANDAG. San Diego County is home to 158 gangs with about 7,5... Full Story...

Schools and employers that deserve our ''green'' envy

11/15/2013 - The SANDAG iCommute program is honoring six employers and three schools from throughout San Diego County for being outstanding role models for choosing healthy and sustainable ways to get around, such as carpooling, biking, walking, and usin... Full Story...

Public safety spending and arrests both down

11/13/2013 - Public safety spending is decreasing in the San Diego region. At the same time, arrests also are going down, according to a pair of new reports released by SANDAG on November 13. Over the past five years, per capita spending on public safety in the region has gone down due to decreasing b... Full Story...

Local TransNet sales tax turns 25

11/7/2013 - TransNet – the regional half-cent sales tax administered by SANDAG for transportation improvements and environmental conservation – turns 25 this year. Over the past quarter century, TransNet funding made it possible for our region to expedite completion of numerous bus... Full Story...

Meth use rebounding in S.D. County

10/28/2013 - A new SANDAG study found that methamphetamine use among at-risk groups in San Diego County has risen back to levels not seen since 2006, a trend that’s consistent with other countywide indicators that show increased number of deaths and emergency room admissions associated with meth use. Full Story...

Local students take to the street for Walk and Bike Day

10/10/2013 - Today, thousands of students across San Diego County took part in Walk and Bike to School Day, highlighting the environmental and health benefits of using active ways to get to and from school. This event is a component of the weeklong Full Story...

Freeway Service Patrol expands

7/29/2013 - The San Diego Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), a publicly-funded motorist aid program administered by SANDAG, has expanded its operation beyond rush hours to help stranded motorists during midday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, weekend FSP service is now available in most of the region from 10 a... Full Story...

Toll violators get a clean slate

7/9/2013 - Between July 15 and August 15, 2013, South Bay Expressway drivers have a one-time opportunity to resolve outstanding violations at a steep discount by paying the cost of the toll, plus a reduced penalty—with the penalty per violation reduced from as much as $100 to as little as $20. SANDAG is off... Full Story...

SANDAG exceeds goals for operating toll road

7/1/2013 - Sunday, June 30, marked the first anniversary of SANDAG having cut tolls by up to 40 percent for using South Bay Expressway (State Route 125 toll road). Results to date indicate that the toll reduction strategy is working: SANDAG is exceeding usage expectations and meeting revenue targets set as ... Full Story...

Trolley project takes major step forward

5/15/2013 - On Friday, May 17, SANDAG will kick off the public review and comment period for the draft environmental report on the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, marking another major step forward in extending the San... Full Story...

New lanes open on SR 78

4/30/2013 - The new eastbound auxiliary lanes on State Route 78 (SR 78) near the cities of San Marcos and Escondido will open to motorists starting Wednesday, May 1, 2013. This is the last project to be completed during a two-year highway improvement program for this area of North County and will ease traffi... Full Story...

Annual crime rates released

4/10/2013 - In 2012, both violent and property crime rates in the San Diego region increased for the first time since 2001 and 2003, respectively, according to the SANDAG annual regional crime report released on April 10, ... Full Story...

Diamond Awards winners announced

3/26/2013 - Fourteen organizations and two individuals have won the 2013 Diamond Awards from the SANDAG iCommute program because of their outstanding contributions to reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases in the San Diego region. Diamond Awards winners help people get to work or school wit... Full Story...

Two transit stations reopen

3/14/2013 - After about six months of construction to make improvements, the Rancho Bernardo and Del Lago transit stations, including the parking lots, will both reopen fully on Monday, March 18. Transit riders will enjoy numerous upgrades at the stations, including additional bus bays, electronic signs show... Full Story...

End frustration at the gas pump

3/9/2013 - Take action today to reduce the impact of high gas prices on your cash flow and help create a cleaner environment. Save fuel, time, and money by sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool, taking transit, riding your bike to work, or driving an electric vehicle. Here are some additional mon... Full Story...

New rail undercrossing improves safety

2/27/2013 - Getting across the railroad tracks to reach Swami’s Beach in Encinitas is now much safer and easier with the completion of a pedestrian rail undercrossing off Coast Highway 101 near Santa Fe Drive. The crossing officially opened on Wednesday, February 27 after a ribbon cutting ceremony in the aft... Full Story...

Seeking Diamond Awards nominations

2/25/2013 - SANDAG is seeking nominations for the iCommute Diamond Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for promoting and adopting sustainable commute choices, such as taking transit, carpooling, and teleworking. Nominations are due by 4 p.m. PST, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Diamond Awa... Full Story...

Traffic has improved in the I-15 corridor

1/31/2013 - Commuters are spending much less time stuck in traffic on Interstate 15 after the full length of the I-15 Express Lanes between San Diego and Escondido opened to traffic in January 2012, according to a preliminary analysis by SANDAG. About a decade ago, before the construction of the Exp... Full Story...

Freeway Service Patrol expands

1/24/2013 - The San Diego Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), a publicly funded motorist aid program that used to operate in the region only during weekday rush hours, has now expanded to weekends as part of a pilot initiative, SANDAG annouced on January 24. Using a fleet of 19 tow trucks and eight light-d... Full Story...

Transit tax benefit increased to $245/month

1/23/2013 - The financial incentive for commuters to use mass transit has just gotten a lot bigger. Under the fiscal cliff legislation approved by Congress earlier this month, 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... Full Story...

Public Involvement Plan released for comment

1/22/2013 - 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 February 7, 2013. Comments ... Full Story...

Beach sand replenishment complete

1/1/2013 - After three 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—is complete. A total of eight beaches in five cities received massive sand infusions, and the beaches are now visibly wider and ... Full Story...

Industry clusters power local economy

12/19/2012 - Regional economies, like San Diego’s, are the building blocks of U.S. competitiveness, and the foundation of these regional economies are industry clusters. Thirteen industry clusters—which are involved in producing everything from wireless technology and unmanned drones to craft beer and tortill... Full Story...

SANDAG Board addresses 2050 RTP lawsuit issue

12/1/2012 - It has always been SANDAG’s intention to comply with greenhouse gas emission laws and regulations as directed by state agencies. In developing the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, SANDAG worked very hard — and in good faith — to comply with the specific emission reduction targets established by... Full Story...

Big drops in regional arrest rates

11/28/2012 - Arrest rates for both adults and juveniles across San Diego County decreased by double digits in 2011, with the decreases holding true for all age and ethnic groups, as well as both felonies and misdemeanors, according to an annual report released today by SANDAG. In a striking trend reve... Full Story...

Rideshare Corporate Challenge winners

11/20/2012 - By encouraging their employees to adopt sustainable commute choices, such as carpooling, biking, walking, and using public transit, six employers in the San Diego region have won the Rideshare 2012 Corporate Challenge sponsored by the SANDAG iCommute program, SANDAG announced November 20. A recor... Full Story...

Nordahl Road Bridge opens

11/13/2012 - The traffic bottleneck on SR 78 near I-15 is expected to loosen up with the completion of a $41 million project to replace Nordahl Road Bridge and a $1.3 million project to reconfigure the Nordahl and Montiel Road intersection, officials announced Nov. 13 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tra... Full Story...

Winners of WRR challenge announced

11/2/2012 - Three schools will receive cash prizes to buy classroom supplies because they won the countywide Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge for having the most students walking, biking, or using other alternative transportation modes to get to school, SANDAG announced November 2. Flora Vist... Full Story...

New lanes open on SR 76

10/22/2012 - Beginning Thursday, October 18, motorists on State Route 76 in inland North County will have access to two newly-built westbound lanes between Melrose Drive and Sweetgrass Lane (just east of South Mission Road), stretching from the City of Oceanside to the unincorporated community of Bonsall. Full Story...

Join SANDAG in creating an ambitious regional plan

10/5/2012 - SANDAG will hold a workshop this month with the goal of getting as many people and organizations as possible involved in helping plan the region’s future. SANDAG has begun the work of creating the first-ever combined regional plan for San Diego County, an ambitious program to marry the Re... Full Story...

Commuter challenge starts Oct. 1

9/28/2012 - Throughout October, solo drivers in the San Diego region have lots of incentives to try alternative commutes, such as carpooling, biking, vanpooling, walking, using public transit, telecommuting, or working a compressed workweek. The SANDAG iCommute program is kicking off its month-long Rideshare... Full Story...

Help SANDAG go green, opt for paperless agendas

9/12/2012 - In an effort to cut paper waste, save taxpayer money, and improve the efficiency of providing information to the public, SANDAG is taking new steps to move toward paperless agendas. You can help us meet our green goals by opting out of the mailing list for paper agendas and packets. Mater... Full Story...

New study on regional drug abuse trends released

9/6/2012 - Fifty-five percent of juveniles arrested and booked in San Diego County in 2011 tested positive for illicit drugs, while 63 percent of adult female and 58 percent of adult male arrestees tested positive, according to an annual study conducted by SANDAG. Marijuana has eclipsed alcohol as ... Full Story...

Rail line to close Sept. 8-9 for Encinitas ped crossing construction

8/31/2012 - A portion of the LOSSAN coastal rail line between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego will be shut down as construction crews work to install a new rail bridge for the pedestrian safety undercrossing at Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas. The construction work will have the following service impacts: ... Full Story...

Mid-year crime report released

8/30/2012 - After several consecutive years of declines, crime rates in San Diego County are on the upswing in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year – however, both violent crime and property crime rates are still the second lowest in the past ten years, according to a SANDAG report re... Full Story...

Green Line Trolley goes downtown Sept. 2

8/30/2012 - The San Diego Trolley’s Green Line will run through Downtown San Diego past the Convention Center and Petco Park all the way to the 12th and Imperial Transit Center starting Sept. 2, marking a major milestone in the $720 million Trolley Renewal project currently under construction by SANDAG and t... Full Story...

FasTrak transponders now at Costco

8/10/2012 - FasTrak transponders, which allow motorists to pay tolls electronically while traveling on South Bay Expressway and I-15 Express Lanes, are available for sale at two Costco locations in Chula Vista and La Mesa. Bernhard Ostermeier, the first person to register a transponder purchased via... Full Story...

Work starts on I-15 transit stations to prepare for BRT

8/1/2012 - The communities along I-15 are about to see another phase of improvements – this time to the Del Lago and Rancho Bernardo transit stations. Construction of the station upgrades, slated to begin the week of August 6, will prepare the corridor for the launch of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in 20... Full Story...

SANDAG seeks public input

8/1/2012 - SANDAG is seeking input to update its Public Participation Plan as it gears up in the coming months to tackle significant regional issues related to transportation, growth, housing, public health, energy, sustainability, habitat conservation, interregional planning, and other important topics. Full Story...

SR 905 opens to traffic July 30

7/19/2012 - State Route 905, a newly-built highway designed to accommodate the growing volume of trucks carrying goods between the United States and Mexico, opened to motorists July 30. A grand opening celebration was held July 18 on the freeway that connects the Otay Mesa Port of Entry – the only commercial... Full Story...

$10M saved by S.D. Prisoner Reentry Program

7/12/2012 - The San Diego Prisoner Reentry Program, authorized under California Senate Bill 618, cut recidivism among non-violent felony offenders by 17 percent, resulting in savings of $10 million over five years, according to a new study released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division. Th... Full Story...

Nearly 2,000 acres preserved as open space

7/11/2012 - July 11, 2012: With the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, SANDAG and the U.S. Department of the Interior have bought a 1,905-acre property in East San Diego County for open space preservation and the protection of endangered and threatened species, including the Quino checkerspot butterfly an... Full Story...

SBX toll reductions now in effect

6/30/2012 - SANDAG implemented across-the-board toll reductions for the South Bay Expressway (State Route 125 toll road) on June 30 and marked the historic occasion by hosting a free community celebration at the Otay Ranch Town Center. Dignitaries at the event included SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayo... Full Story...

Reduced South Bay Expressway tolls take effect June 30

6/28/2012 - SANDAG will reduce tolls on the South Bay Expressway at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, making the convenient connection between eastern Chula Vista and the rest of the region easier to access and helping to bring congestion relief to South County decades sooner than previously planned. In c... Full Story...

Free travel on South Bay Expressway June 30

6/26/2012 - On Saturday, June 30, SANDAG will waive tolls for all users of the South Bay Expressway (State Route 125 toll road) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as part of its festivities celebrating toll reductions. SANDAG will host a celebration of the toll reductions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 at Ota... Full Story...

Take the carpool pledge, win $2/gallon gas

6/25/2012 - Do you miss the days when you paid just $2 per gallon for gas at the pump? To promote carpooling, the SANDAG iCommute program is offering deeply discounted gas as part of a radio contest. One hundred lucky winners will be randomly selected to fill up their tanks for $2 per gallon – up to... Full Story...

Dump the Pump Day is June 21

6/20/2012 - San Diegans are invited to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21, by riding public transit, walking, vanpooling, carpooling, or biking to work or school, as a way to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and the North Coun... Full Story...

June 30 event to celebrate lower South Bay Expressway tolls

6/18/2012 - To mark the start of lower tolls on South Bay Expressway, everyone is invited to attend a free community celebration the morning of Saturday, June 30 at Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista. On the day of the event, driving on the Expressway, also known as the State Route 125 toll road, will be ... Full Story...

Bike to Work Corporate Challenge winners announced

6/14/2012 - During National Bike Month in May, a record-breaking 70 San Diego County companies competed in the 2012 Bike to Work Corporate Challenge organized by SANDAG, and sponsored by Tri-City Wellness Center. These organizations encouraged their 101,000 employees to support bicycling as a viable, environ... Full Story...

Graffiti Tracker yields results, court-ordered restitutions up

6/9/2012 - Graffiti Tracker, a Web-based service that allows users to share and analyze photographs of vandalism taken with GPS-enabled cameras, is helping law enforcement countywide to better document graffiti crimes and identify the most prolific offenders, a new report by SANDAG has found. Since... Full Story...

SANDAG begins construction on rail improvements

6/4/2012 - Construction began in June on Phase 1 of the Sorrento to Miramar Double Track Project, one of 20 capital improvement projects now in development along San Diego County’s 60-mile segment of LOSSAN (the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo rail corridor). “Building on Amtrak’s recent comp... Full Story...

SANDAG sells $300M in TransNet bonds

6/1/2012 - SANDAG has raised $300 million to fund high-priority regional transportation projects outlined in its TransNet Early Action Program by issuing long-term, fixed-rate debt. “It’s a testament to our fiscal stewardship and strength when investors bought up our bonds in a matter of ho... Full Story...

Toll prices to drop on SR 125

5/25/2012 - On May 25, the SANDAG Board unanimously authorized an across-the-board reduction in tolls on State Route 125/South Bay Expressway, believed to be the first-ever comprehensive resetting of toll rates by a public toll road operator in the United States. New capacity and flexibility were add... Full Story...

Share the road on Bike to Work Day

5/17/2012 - This is it, the big day. Thousands of residents will take to two wheels on Friday in a loud and proud statement that, for one day at least, the automobile will take the back seat to fresh air and healthy exercise. Each year the number of riders grows -- as does the enthusiasm and creativi... Full Story...

Trestles bridge dedicated

5/14/2012 - The completion of the nearly $8 million San Mateo Creek Bridge, gateway to Trestles Beach and its famous surf break, was formally marked May 14, 2012, as the northbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner No. 769 trundled by on the new bridge. Elected officials, longboard surfers, and Woodie car own... Full Story...

Record 85 pit stops planned for Bike to Work Day

5/14/2012 - At least 6,000 riders in San Diego County are expected to hit the streets Friday, May 18, for Bike to Work Day, the centerpiece in a whole month of events promoting bicycling. The cyclists will be greeted by volunteers at a record 85 pit stops throughout the region, where they will recei... Full Story...

SANDAG adds 75 acres to habitat preservation

4/27/2012 - Through its TransNet-funded Environmental Mitigation Program, SANDAG has acquired two more parcels of property as open-space habitat, totaling nearly 75 acres. The properties were acquired to offset the impacts of two railroad-related transportation projects. The larger parcel, T... Full Story...

Overall regional crime rates continue decline

4/25/2012 - Violent crime and property crime rates in the San Diego region again hit new, 30-year lows in 2011, according to the SANDAG annual regional crime report. The exception to the downward trend was homicides, which rose 22 percent from the previous year. There were 82 homicides in the region ... Full Story...

Call for projects:
$8.8M for active transportation

4/19/2012 - Acting to implement its long-range plans to improve active transportation, SANDAG has put out a call seeking competitive bids for $8.8 million in grant funds to pay for bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the region. Among the types of projects eligible for funding are new bicy... Full Story...

Public workshops set for transit opportunities

4/16/2012 - SANDAG will host a series of workshops around San Diego County this month to solicit public input on where and how specialized public transportation can fill the gaps – especially for seniors, low-income, and disabled individuals -- in the existing transit system. SANDAG will hold the pub... Full Story...

New segment of Bayshore Bikeway opens

3/24/2012 - San Diego leaders, bicyclists, and residents came together on March 24, 2012, to celebrate the completion of a new 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually loop 24 miles around San Diego Bay. “This new segment of the Bayshore Bikeway offers bicyclists a safe and sc... Full Story...

Two miles of second rail track completed in Carlsbad

3/8/2012 - Another major step has been taken to improve coastal rail service in the San Diego region with the completion of an $18.4 million project to add nearly two miles of second main track from Carlsbad Village Drive to south of Cannon Road and build a companion rail bridge over Agua Hedionda Lagoon. <... Full Story...

SR 78 improvement project breaks ground

2/22/2012 - A $41 million project broke ground February 22 in inland North County to ease traffic congestion during morning and afternoon commuting hours on SR 78 near I-15. The project involves widening both westbound and eastbound SR 78, as well as replacing the Nordahl Road Bridge. San Marcos May... Full Story...

SANDAG acquires land for preservation in North County

1/27/2012 - Two parcels of land with high-quality coastal scrub habitat and two breeding pairs of endangered California gnatcatcher have been acquired for open space preservation by SANDAG as part of its TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP). “We are pleased to announce that this i... Full Story...

Lower public transit fares become permanent

1/20/2012 - Starting Friday, January 20, a host of public transit fare reductions for BREEZE, LIFT and COASTER services, as well as the RegionPlus Day Pass, will become permanent. The changes affect services provided by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit System (NCTD). Full Story...

Construction starts on Encinitas ped crossing

1/18/2012 - Getting across the railroad tracks to reach Swamis beach in Encinitas will soon be made easier and safer with the construction of a grade-separated pedestrian rail crossing off Highway 101 at Santa Fe Drive. The $5.9 million project, which features a rail bridge, an undercrossing, and a ... Full Story...

All 20 miles of I-15 Express Lanes now open

1/12/2012 - The San Diego region celebrated the completion of the last four miles of the Interstate 15 Express Lanes on Thursday, January 12, with the $1.3 billion, 20-mile stretch of expressway within the freeway set to open to the public on Tuesday, January 17. “Today we dedicate a major piece of a... Full Story...

Compass Cards now available at Albertsons

1/6/2012 - Albertsons is now the exclusive grocery store outlet to buy and reload Compass Card, the region’s smart card transit pass for bus and rail services provided by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD). Albertsons has 42 convenient locations throu... Full Story...

SR 125 acquisition complete

12/21/2011 - The transaction that transferred ownership of the lease to operate the State Route 125 toll road was completed today, December 21, and beginning December 22 SANDAG will be the operator of the South Bay facility. “Drivers on the South Bay Expressway will see no immediate changes,” said SAN... Full Story...

SANDAG Board approves purchase of SR 125

12/16/2011 - After a thorough due diligence process and public discussion, the SANDAG Board of Directors gave final approval on December 16, 2011, to buy the lease to operate the State Route 125 toll road from South Bay Expressway. The sale is expected to close December 21. “Buying the SR 125 franchi... Full Story...

Reports reveal trends in drug abuse & gang involvement

11/30/2011 - Nearly two-thirds of women (62 percent) and more than half of men (59 percent) arrested and booked into jail for crimes in San Diego County in 2010 tested positive for illicit drugs, such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.   Although meth use is down in the region from a ... Full Story...

Six local employers win green commute challenge

11/28/2011 - Six employers in the San Diego region have won the Rideshare 2011 Corporate Challenge sponsored by SANDAG to encourage solo drivers to try a more sustainable commute, such as biking, walking, taking public transit, teleworking, vanpooling, and carpooling. The winners for the respective s... Full Story...

1,600 acres of open space conserved in SR 76 corridor

11/14/2011 - With the recent acquisition of the 902-acre Rancho Lilac property in Valley Center, SANDAG and Caltrans have completed an ambitious plan to preserve 1,600 acres of open space in the State Route 76 corridor in North San Diego County. Rancho Lilac is a crown jewel in the SANDAG Environment... Full Story...

Three local schools win Walk, Ride, & Roll to School Challenge

11/9/2011 - Three schools in San Diego have won the countywide Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Campaign Challenge for having the most students walking and biking to school throughout October. The grand prize winner, Chollas-Mead Elementary, will receive $1,000 in classroom supplies. The second place winner, K... Full Story...

Public safety spending & staffing continue decline

11/8/2011 - Due to severe economic constraints in recent years, public safety funding and staffing levels in the San Diego region have been decreasing steadily, according to a report released November 8 by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division.  The report, Public Safety Allocations in the Sa... Full Story...

Public Meetings for Transit Fare Changes

11/2/2011 - SANDAG will hold two public meetings to receive comment on a proposal to amend transit fares affecting the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) service areas and proposed changes to the Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance. Public Meetings will be h... Full Story...

Halloween facts and figures

10/31/2011 - In celebration of Halloween, SANDAG has compiled a list of fun facts related to the holiday, based on the 2010 census and other sources: 24.7 pounds: Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010. Candy consumption, much like home prices, peaked in the middle of th... Full Story...

SANDAG adopts $214B transportation plan & regional housing plan

10/28/2011 - After two years of careful work and extensive public input, the SANDAG Board of Directors on Friday, October 28, adopted the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy, a balanced vision for the evolution of our region’s transportation system over the next 40 yea... Full Story...

$56.3 million approved for I-5/Genesee project

10/14/2011 - A high-priority project to relieve congestion and improve access to major employment centers off Interstate 5 and Genesee Avenue was expedited Friday, October 14, with approval by the SANDAG Board of Directors to spend up to $56.3 million in regional TransNet sales tax funds to cover the... Full Story...

Upcoming weekend rail closures

10/14/2011 - Regional transit riders will still be able to reach their destinations despite construction this weekend on the coastal rail line and in downtown San Diego. Portions of the LOSSAN rail line between Orange County and downtown San Diego will be shut down for the second weekend in a row as construct... Full Story...

New incentive for I-15 drivers who sign up for FasTrak

10/11/2011 - With the beginning of fall and the start of increased traffic on the Interstate 15 corridor, SANDAG has launched an incentive campaign for I-15 drivers. Those who sign up for a new FasTrak account by November 20 will receive a... Full Story...

SANDAG to consider landmark 2050 RTP/SCS on Oct. 28

10/10/2011 - Progress continues on finalizing the landmark 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The RTP calls for $214 billion to be invested during the next 40 years in the San Diego region that will integrate the transportation system, transform the transit... Full Story...

United effort promotes biking and walking to school

10/5/2011 - On October 5, SANDAG joined Rady Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids San Diego, and others to celebrate International Walk to School Day at Chollas-Mead Elementary School in Southeastern San Diego and kick off its Walk, Ride, and Roll to School campaign. At the campus entrance and a nearby int... Full Story...

RB Transit Station south parking lot closed for slope repair

10/3/2011 - On Monday, October 3, crews began repairing a slope at the Rancho Bernardo Transit Station that failed due to heavy rains from last winter. To complete the repair, the station’s south parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to take two to three months. ... Full Story...

Rideshare Commuter Challenge kicks off

10/1/2011 - Starting this week and throughout the month of October, solo drivers in the San Diego region have lots of incentives to try commute alternatives, such as carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, using public transit, or telecommuting. With Rideshare Week underway October 3-7, the SANDAG iCommute ... Full Story...

SANDAG analyzes region’s jail & supervision capacity ahead of influx

9/27/2011 - With the state poised to shift the responsibility for housing and supervising thousands of convicted criminals to county governments starting in October, SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Division released a report today analyzing the region’s capacity to absorb the offenders. The report, “Adult ... Full Story...

SANDAG Executive Director appointed to national advisory council

9/20/2011 - SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos has been appointed to a two-year term to represent California on the Marine Transportation System Advisory Council (MTSNAC). The appointment took effect July 28, 2011. The Council provides advice and makes policy recommendations to the U.S. Secretar... Full Story...

Overall crime rates continue decline, homicides up

9/16/2011 - While overall crime rates in San Diego County have continued to decline, the number of homicides reported in the region in the first half of 2011 was up 65 percent compared to the same period in 2010, according to a SANDAG report released September 16.  Fifty-one homicides were reported b... Full Story...

Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project takes a major step forward

9/16/2011 - The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project has received an important federal approval to move closer to completion. SANDAG announced this week that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project’s entry into Preliminary Engineering. This milestone means t... Full Story...

SANDAG's high credit ratings reaffirmed

9/14/2011 - The national bond rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service have both reaffirmed SANDAG’s high credit ratings at a time when the nation and many organizations are struggling to maintain financial stability. Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed SANDAG’s AAA rating on Sept. 8.... Full Story...

August Board Actions

8/31/2011 - SANDAG HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS FINANCING OPTIONS TO ACQUIRE SOUTHBAY EXPRESSWAY: The SANDAG Board of Directors heard a report from staff and representatives from the Barclays investment banking team on financing options for acquiring the South Bay Expressway. On July 29, 201... Full Story...

Thousands of comments received on Draft 2050 RTP

8/23/2011 - About 4,000 public comments from nearly 1,500 individuals and organizations were received on the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The Transportation Committee will receive a report on the public comments and staff responses at its next ... Full Story...

New amenities for SuperLoop bus riders

8/23/2011 - SuperLoop – a high-frequency bus service with stops at popular destinations in the North University City area – is undergoing $6 million in improvements by SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).   As part of the project, 17 uniquely branded SuperLoop stations ... Full Story...

SchoolPool helps families gear up for back to school

8/17/2011 - SchoolPool – a secure online ridematching service administered by SANDAG for parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade – is now established at 52 schools throughout San Diego County, up from 40 last year. As parents gear up for another school year, it’s not too late for th... Full Story...

I-15 congestion management receives $800K boost

8/12/2011 - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded $800,000 to the San Diego region to supplement its Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) initiative aimed at deploying and integrating technology to better manage traffic on I-15. This latest award is in addition to $8.7 million that the... Full Story...

Construction underway on new Bayshore Bikeway segment

8/5/2011 - San Diego leaders came together Friday morning, August 5, to break ground on a $1.5 million project to build a new piece of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually provide a continuous 24-mile loop around San Diego Bay for cyclists. So far, 12.5 miles of the bikeway, more than half o... Full Story...

Draft Airport Multimodal Accessibility Plan available for comment

8/1/2011 - Public comments will be accepted through August 24 on the Draft Airport Multimodal Accessibility Plan (AMAP), a document that evaluates various options to improve surface transportation to the San Diego International Airport and other aviation hubs in the region. The report is focused on ... Full Story...

SANDAG Board OKs purchase of SR 125 contingent on public review process

7/29/2011 - In a closed session Friday morning, July 29, the SANDAG Board of Directors voted to purchase the lease to operate the State Route 125 toll road for approximately $345 million with various contingencies. The Board made the agreement contingent on completing due diligence and conducting a p... Full Story...

SANDAG awarded $100 million for I-805 project

6/27/2011 - SANDAG has been awarded $100 million by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to build two high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – one in each direction – on Interstate 805 between Palomar Street and State Route 94. “These lanes will provide choices for drivers in South County – al... Full Story...

Save money, save time, use SchoolPool

6/17/2011 - With school districts in the region either cutting back bus services or raising fees for them, parents searching for an alternative solution for getting their children to school can take advantage of a free SANDAG program. SchoolPool is a secure online ridematching service for parents wit... Full Story...

Local events & prizes announced for Dump the Pump Day

6/15/2011 - With the return of high gas prices, the North County Transit District (NCTD), the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and SANDAG announced today that they will join with other public transportation groups nationwide to participate in the sixth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16... Full Story...

Bike to Work Corporate Challenge winners announced

6/8/2011 - This year’s Bike to Work Day on May 20 inspired more than 6,100 people in the San Diego region to get out of their cars and hop onto their bikes, a nearly 20 percent increase over years past. SANDAG and its partners greeted riders at a record 75 pit stops throughout the region. Riders st... Full Story...

Rapid Bus service launched in Escondido

6/7/2011 - A community celebration marked the official launch on June 7 of the Escondido BREEZE Rapid bus service, a new type of system that uses special features and technology to quickly and reliably move passengers.  “This is an important day for our region,” SANDAG Chair and Encinitas ... Full Story...

Nearly 150 acres of land acquired for open space conservation

6/7/2011 - Nearly 150 acres of land in different parts of San Diego County have been acquired recently by SANDAG for open space conservation. The land purchases cost a total of $6.7 million and are intended to offset environmental impacts from road projects, such as the expansion of State Route 76. Full Story...

Tune-up Time is May 15

5/11/2011 - With Bike to Work Day only a week away, San Diegans are invited to participate in Tune-Up Time, a family-friendly event on Sunday, May 15, featuring free mini tune-ups, plenty of giveaways, a children’s bike rodeo, and much more. Tune-Up Time will be this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on... Full Story...

Web tools and workshops engage residents in shaping 2050 RTP

5/11/2011 - To promote public input on the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (2050 RTP), a long-range blueprint for transportation improvements, SANDAG has developed an interactive Web site and will host a series of public hearings and workshops. For a quick, visual tour of how the draft plan w... Full Story...

Bank robberies jump in region in 2010

5/2/2011 - While crime in the region continued to drop across the board during 2010, the number of bank robberies jumped way up, according to the SANDAG annual regional crime bulletin. Overall, robberies – like almost all other crimes – declined during 2010, decreasing by 17 percent from 2009 to 201... Full Story...

April Board Actions

4/30/2011 - FY 2011 BUDGET AMENDMENT: PORT OF SAN DIEGO FIBER OPTIC PROJECT: Directors authorized the SANDAG Executive Director to amend the original Memorandum of Understanding with the San Diego Unified Port District for an increase of $671,320 with a total amount not to exceed $970,000, f... Full Story...

Draft 2050 RTP EIR available for public comment

4/22/2011 - The SANDAG Board of Directors released the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), including the Draft Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD), and the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), at ... Full Story...

Thousands help dedicate SR 52

3/21/2011 - Dignitaries, the Santee community, and an estimated 20,000 people from all over the region gathered March 19 to dedicate the final piece of State Route 52, connecting SR 125 with SR 67 and completing the highway from Santee all the way to La Jolla more than half a century after it was first envis... Full Story...

Walk, Ride, and Roll program launched

3/7/2011 - As part of the County of San Diego’s Healthy Works initiative, the SANDAG regional SchoolPool program has launched a new service to help parents create walking school buses and bike buddy groups to travel back and forth to school together. The new Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program ai... Full Story...

January Board Actions

2/11/2011 - FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION SECTION 5311 PROGRAM OF PROJECTS REVISION: Directors approved the apportionment of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311 Non-Urbanized Area formula funds for Federal Fiscal Year 2011. The 5311 program provides funding for capital and ope... Full Story...

December Board Actions

1/14/2011 - EXTENSION REQUESTS FOR FY 2010 TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT AUDIT: Directors approved the Transportation Development Act (TDA) audit extension requests for the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego, and SANDAG, until March 27, 2011, as permitted by the California Public Utilities... Full Story...

Grants available to promote healthy communities

1/3/2011 - SANDAG is soliciting applications for $1.15 million in grant funds to be used in combatting rising obesity rates in the San Diego region by planning communities in ways that support increased physical activity and access to healthy foods. SANDAG will issue the funds through four pass-thro... Full Story...

SR 11-Otay Mesa East POE environmental document released

1/3/2011 - Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR/DEIS) on the State Route 11 and Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project for a 60-day public comment period through Feb. 1, 2011. SR 11 will b... Full Story...

New minimum FasTrak toll starts May 1

4/17/2007 - Starting May 1, 2007, commuters not using their transponder to pay tolls on the I-15 in San Diego will be charged a new monthly fee to offset the cost of maintaining their account. Customers who use the I-15 lanes regularly will not be affected by this change. Customers who spend at least $4.50 p... Full Story...

Population growth outpaces housing construction

4/7/2005 - It’s more difficult than ever to find a place to call home in the San Diego region, according to a report just released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Numbers don’t lie. The SANDAG rep... Full Story...