San Diego MTS awarded $41 million for improvements

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced that it has been awarded $40.9 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program which will help modernize the MTS system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety.

“This is a highly competitive grant program. This grant funding will help our efforts to maintain a solid state-of-good repair and introduce zero-emissions buses to the market,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. “It will also help us expand the Rapid bus network in the South Bay. Rapid has been very popular with our riders and we look forward to adding more service to a growing part of the region.”

The grant funding will be used for a mix of bus and light rail improvements, including funding to purchase 11 new zero-emissions buses and operating Rapid 925 – a new high-frequency, limited-stop bus service between Imperial Beach and the Otay Mesa Transit Center. A full project list and descriptions is as follow:
Purchase of 11 Zero-Emissions Buses for Rapid 925 ($15.7M) – Funding will be used to purchase 11 zero-emission articulated buses to operate service on the newly proposed Rapid 925 route.

Rapid 925 will be a 25.3 miles round trip between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and Imperial Beach, providing a direct connection to the UC San Diego Blue Line. Operation of Rapid 925 would be funded by MTS through another SB 1 grant program.

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