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About SANDAG

History

Milestones in SANDAG Regional Decision-Making

2013

Celebrated 25 years of keeping San Diego moving with TransNet, the region’s half-cent sales tax. Completed Encinitas Pedestrian Crossing Project to ensure safe passage to Swami’s State Beach. Released Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project draft supplemental environmental document for review and comment. Added VA Medical Center as station stop. Completed the Eastbound SR 78 Auxiliary Lanes Project to help ease traffic in North County. Adopted vision and goals for San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. Began construction on Oceanside Coastal Rail Trail Class I bikeway project. Demolished Palomar Street Bridge to accommodate direct access ramp construction as part of the I-805 South Project. Accepted the Series 13 Regional Growth Forecast. Approved final environmental document for the South Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project. Completed SR 76 / I-15 East Widening Interchange Improvement Project ahead of schedule. Began construction on the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project in San Diego. Kicked off last phase of Trolley Renewal Project construction – the Blue Line from Barrio Logan to San Ysidro. Approved $200 million Bicycle Plan Early Action Program to fund high-priority bikeway projects regionwide within ten years. Awarded construction contract for the Sorrento Valley Double Tracking Project to provide for an additional one mile of double tracking north of the Sorrento Valley COASTER Station. Broke ground on Segment 1 of the State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry construction project.

2012

Opened the last four miles of the I-15 Express Lanes. Reduced tolls by up to 40 percent on the South Bay Expressway/SR 125 toll road. As part of Trolley Renewal, delivered 44 of 65 new low-floor vehicles, reconstructed 14 of 17 Green and Orange Line stations, and extended the Green Line through downtown. Completed the Nordahl Bridge replacement project. Opened SR 905, easing the flow of crossborder commerce. Completed the middle segment of SR 76 between Melrose Drive and Mission Road. Began construction of the I-15 Bus Rapid Transit improvements. Finished the Regional Beach Sand Project. Completed the project to replace the famous "Trestles Bridge" in San Onofre. Transitioned the Compass Card program to Albertsons. Transitioned the San Diego Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies to SANDAG. Finished Energy Roadmaps for ten local jurisdictions. Began work on the Series 13 Regional Growth Forecast. Gained approval of SB 1549 to use new project delivery tools for public transit. Conserved the 1,905-acre Hidden Valley property in partnership with other agencies.

2011

Started construction on HOV/DAR project at Carroll Canyon Road and I-805. Opened SR 52 extension from SR 125 to SR 67. Opened auxiliary lanes on southbound I-805 from SR 54 to Bonita Road in Chula Vista. Launched Escondido BREEZE Rapid. I-15 Express Lanes expanded to four lanes from SR 163 to SR 56. Began construction on 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway in Chula Vista. Started construction on SuperLoop expansion project. FTA approved Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project for preliminary engineering. Adopted 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, including first Sustainable Communities Strategy in the state. TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program acquired 902-acre Rancho Lilac, bringing total acquisitions to 2,300 acres. Completed the migration from the legacy ARJIS mainframe to the Enterprise ARJIS system. Bought the lease to operate the SR 125 toll road.

2010

Board approved a light rail transit alternative for Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project; environmental work underway. Compass Card program rolled out to all transit riders; monthly paper passes discontinued. Planning for the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, scheduled for adoption in 2011, continued. Awarded $8.7 million for intelligent transportation system improvements on I-15. Began construction on the widening of SR 76 between Melrose and Mission Avenues. Coordinated with local, state, and federal agencies in U.S. and Mexico to build the third international border crossing. Secured $128 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for region. A robust TransNet Plan of Finance approved to advance additional capital projects to construction and prepare the next round of “ready to go” projects. Board approved San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan. As of December, 1,241 acres of land acquired under the TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program. Board accepted Series 12: 2050 Regional Growth Forecast for planning purposes. SANDAG and MTS began $620 million overhaul of the San Diego Trolley’s Blue and Orange Lines.

2009

Secured $128 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for region. SANDAG and partner agencies acquired nine properties totaling nearly 1,000 acres for habitat conservation through TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program. Board approves Regional Energy Strategy update. Opened 3.5 mile I-15 Express Lanes segment. Allocated $70 million in TransNet funds to begin final design on the coastal rail corridor, HOV lanes on I-5 in North County, and South Bay Bus Rapid Transit. Received $20 million from Federal Transit Administration for Mid-City Rapid Bus Project. Received $1.7 million from SDG&E to advance Sustainable Region Program. Launched SuperLoop transit service in University City. Progress continued on major expansion of SR 52 extension from SR 125 to SR 67. Established effort to coordinate regional resources to combat graffiti.

2008

The first stretch of I-15 Express Lanes opens. Construction begins on SR 52 extension from SR 125 to SR 67. Construction continues on SR 905 at the U.S./Mexico border. A Presidential Permit is granted for third U.S./Mexico border crossing. The original, 20-year TransNet program ends, and the 40-year extension begins. SB 1486 was signed into law which authorizes SANDAG to collect a toll from travelers using State Route 11 to develop and construct the new highway and Otay Mesa East Port of Entry facility. SB 1685 was signed into law which provides SANDAG the flexibility to expand the uses of sale tax revenues beyond transportation related projects for future ballot measures.

2007

SANDAG awarded $432 million in state infrastructure bond dollars for transportation improvements. Board adopts $57 billion 2030 Regional Transportation Plan. Southern California Tribal Chairman's Association joins SANDAG as advisory member. Construction continues on I-15, I-5, I-805, and SR 52. California Energy Commission awards $450,000 to SANDAG for energy planning. SANDAG and the City of Tijuana approve the Otay Mesa-Mesa de Otay Binational Corridor Strategic Plan.

2006

Construction on the I-15 managed lanes project continues - with the middle segment nearing completion and construction underway on the northern segment. Supplemental environmental work begins on the 11-mile Mid-Coast Trolley extension from Old Town north to UCSD and University Towne Centre. A technical update of the Regional Transportation Plan is prepared to satisfy requirements for reporting air quality conformity analysis and to incorporate TransNet Early Action Projects. Progress continues on implementing the Regional Comprehensive Plan. All jurisdictions identify opportunities for smart growth development in a new concept map. SANDAG works with state lawmakers to address infrastructure deficits.

2005

SANDAG works to jumpstart highway and transit projects using new TransNet dollars. The Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) is formed in accordance with TransNet ordinance to monitor program operations. Mission Valley East Green Line trolley from Qualcomm Stadium under SDSU to La Mesa begins service in July. SPRINTER commuter rail starts construction linking Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, San Marcos, and Escondido.

2004

The Automated Regional Justice System (ARJIS) is consolidated into SANDAG. Directors create the Public Safety Policy Committee. The Regional Comprehensive Plan is adopted in July. Voters extend the TransNet sales tax program for 40 years to generate $14 billion to help fund highway, transit, and local street improvements. TransNet helps pay for the completion of SR56.

2003

With the passage of state law (SB 1703), SANDAG becomes the consolidated regional agency on January 1. Transit planning, programming, project development, and construction will be consolidated into the regional agency during the next 13 months. Imperial County joins SANDAG as an advisory Board member. SANDAG adopts the $42 billion, MOBILITY 2030: Regional Transportation Plan seeking to make public transit competitive with solo drivers during rush hours.

2002

SANDAG drafts a $42 billion, 30-year Regional Transportation Plan seeking to make public transit competitive with solo drivers during rush hours. On June 27, based on SANDAG action, the tolls are eliminated from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Directors decide to develop a Regional Comprehensive Plan by mid-2004 with the goal of reducing urban sprawl, lessening traffic congestion, providing more housing and more affordable housing, saving habitat and other natural resources, and bolstering the economy.

2001

Using $14.7 million in federal and state funds, SANDAG puts sand on badly eroded beaches from Oceanside to Imperial Beach. Working in close cooperation with MTDB, NCTD, and Caltrans, SANDAG approves The Regional Transit Vision with the goal of making public transit more time competitive with driving a car during rush hours.

2000

SANDAG adopts the $29 billion, 20-year Regional Transportation Plan to reduce traffic congestion and limit urban sprawl. MTDB and NCTD join SANDAG as advisory members, and SANDAG joins the Joint Committee on Regional Transit.

1999

SANDAG dedicates $76.4 million in federal funds for traffic construction improvements along the I-15 from Route 56 in San Diego, north to Route 78 in Escondido.

1998

The SANDAG Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities (COBRO) provides public forums for cross border planning in the areas of transportation, environmental management, education, water supply, and economic development. Halfway through the 20-year TransNet program, 68% of the highway projects, 55% of the transit projects, and 53% of the local street program are completed.

1997

The National Institute of Justice cites SANDAG for its outstanding work on the Drug Use Forecasting program, which assesses drug use among people as they are booked into jail. TransNet provides more than half the funds for the Mission Valley West trolley line between Old Town San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium.

1996

SANDAG helps establish the San Diego Regional Partners in Homeownership. SANDAG starts the I-15 FasTrak Program to improve traffic flow, and expand bus and rideshare services in the corridor.

1995

The San Diego County Water Authority joins SANDAG as an advisory member. SANDAG plays a major role in bringing together, and most importantly, holding together, all participants in the San Diego County Investment Fund.

1994

SANDAG approves the first ever Regional Economic Prosperity Strategy. At the request of Caltrans, SANDAG assumes the management of Commuter Computer and transforms the operation into the RideLink service.

1993

TransNet opens SR52 East, widens SR54 in the South Bay, opens SR56 East in the North City area, and completes improvements to SR78/I-15 interchange in the North County. The Freeway Service Patrol begins under a cooperative arrangement among SANDAG, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.

1992

State designates SANDAG as the San Diego-Coronado Bridge Toll Authority. SANDAG helps form a five-county rail coalition, and purchases rail right-of-way from Santa Fe Railway for the COASTER, and the Oceanside to Escondido SPRINTER rail commuter services.

1991

Member agencies designate SANDAG as the Congestion Management Agency.

1990

State designates SANDAG as the Integrated Waste Management Task Force. SANDAG helps start the San Dieguito River Valley Park Joint Powers Authority.

1989

Agencies designate SANDAG as the Regional Planning and Growth Management Review Board.

1988

Voters countywide pass an advisory measure calling for creation of a Regional Planning and Growth Management Board.

1987

Voters countywide pass Proposition A - the local ½% transportation sales tax measure. TransNet, the $3.3 billion program starts for highways, transit, local roads and bicycles.

1986

Encinitas and Solana Beach become cities and join SANDAG. State designates SANDAG as the Regional Transportation Commission.

<1982

SANDAG creates SourcePoint as a nonprofit corporate subsidiary to customize & sell research products.

1981

Poway and Santee become cities and join SANDAG.

1980

CPO renames itself as the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

1979

State designates CPO to prepare the Regional Housing Needs Statement.

1978

The Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is started for member governments. CPO helps establish the Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS). CPO is jointly designated with County government to implement federal & state Clean Air Acts.

1977

Lemon Grove becomes a city and joins CPO. CPO establishes the Criminal Justice Research Division.

1975

CPO develops & adopts first ever comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan.

1972

Local governments establish CPO as an independent Joint Powers Agency.

1971

State further designates CPO as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency; Airport Land Use Commission; and Areawide Clearinghouse for federal/state grant reviews.

1970

Governor designates CPO as the Metropolitan Planning Organization to assure areawide coordination and to serve as the technical and informational resource for local governments.

1966

Local governments create the Comprehensive Planning Organization (CPO) as a long-range planning department within the San Diego County government under a state authorized joint powers agreement.