SANDAG has announced that Congress recently approved the Fiscal Year 2005 Transportation Spending Bill securing more than $153 million to fund regional transportation projects. In combination with revenue from TransNet, the local half-cent sales tax, the funding will help keep San Diego moving.
Transit projects funded by the bill include: the Oceanside-Escondido Rail Line known
the Sprinter ($55 million); the I-15 managed lanes/bus rapid transit project ($1.7 million); the Mission Valley East light rail line ($81 million); the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension ($1 million); the Spring Valley Transit Center ($800,000); the Solana Beach Parking Structure ($650,000); the San Luis Rey Transit Center ($400,000); and Transit First ($750,000)
market segment by providing
express bus alternative to solo driving.
Highway projects incorporated in the funding scheme include: improvements to North Coast I-5
the Sorrento Valley/Gennessee Road Interchange ($1.5 million); State Route 905 ($3 million); SR 52 ($1 million); SR 56 ($3 million); I-8 connectors ($1.2 million); the SR 76 ($1 million); and I-5/SR 78 ($500,000). In addition, funding is included for the
hub which will serve
focal point to respond to daily traffic tie-ups.
“Transportation projects benefit all of us and are critical to the continued growth, prosperity, and sustainability of our region,” said SANDAG Chairman Mickey Cafagna. “These projects are intrinsically tied to a number of other regional issues such as land use and planning, housing, environment, and public safety. SANDAG is grateful for the great work of the
San Diego federal delegation
that will keep much-needed transportation projects in
on target,” added Cafagna, who is also the Mayor of Poway.