Issues raised by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association chief highlight a basic question facing SANDAG as it pursues a tax hike on the November ballot: Where does education end, and campaigning begin?
The county Republican Party is opposing SANDAG’s ballot measure, which would raise taxes to pay for transportation projects, on anti-tax grounds. But Democratic SANDAG board members are more surprised by opposition coming from their usual allies: environmental and labor groups. The tensions boiled over in a series of emails obtained by VOSD.
One of Ed Harris’ first acts as a city councilman in 2014 was to stage a protest against a city plan to add density near a planned trolley stop in Bay Park. Now, Harris is running for mayor and talking up the need to build new housing near transit – just what the proposal he opposed intended to do. In an interview, he said he’s changed his perspective.
Escondido Mayor Sam Abed claims SANDAG’s proposed ballot measure favors public transportation projects in the city of San Diego, at the expense of North County. His statement misses a broader point fundamental to regional transportation planning: North County residents don’t live in bubbles.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan and San Diego NBC 7’s Monica Dean break down SANDAG’s proposed distribution of the tax-hike dollars and look into who has a problem with the ballot measure.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean dive deep into MTS, its budget and operational structure.
North County Transit District Chief Matthew Tucker laid out the case for funding transit improvements in North County through a potential ballot item to raise the TransNet tax this week in a commentary published by the Union-Tribune. “To maintain our quality of life in this region, we must have a comprehensive transportation toolbox that includes highway […]
The Metropolitan Transit System is trying to build a new bus yard and it has nothing to do with attempts to build a downtown convadium. MTS has five large facilities where it stores and maintains buses around the county. Within the next 10 years, the agency will need a sixth facility. This is all unrelated […]
San Diego State lecturer Alan Hoffman has created a plan for public transit in San Diego that could put more stations where people need them and get them to their destinations faster. It’d cost less than current plans too. The only downside: It has zero chance of happening.
Slowly but surely, Tijuana is building out a functional public transit system, with a BRT system under way and a light-rail line in the works.