San Diego MTS is asking for public input on proposed transportation projects
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wedensday, KUSI’s Hunter Sowards took MTS transit to work. It took her just over an hour and a half to get from the E Street Transit Center in Chula Vista to the KUSI News studio in Kearny Mesa.
KUSI checked in with Hunter at every step of her journey live on Good Morning San Diego. Furthermore, KUSI Digital Content Manager Mike McKinnon III left the E Street Transit Center in Chula Vista at the same exact time, 7:40 AM, and arrived at the KUSI News studio 48-minutes later. You can watch the whole process here.
Sowards spoke with other people riding transit who shared their opinions with her as she made her way to KUSI. She had some positive response from those taking shorter routes on the trolley, but riders tended to be critical of the system when they had to switch from trolley to bus, or take multiple buses to get to their destination.
This came exactly one week after MTS Free Ride Day. Free Ride Day was meant to change people’s transportation habits, but seemed to have very little impact on San Diegans transportation decisions.
But, Elevate San Diego 2020, the MTS public participation process to define the future of transit in our region is asking for your opinion. They have a variety of project proposals on their website that you can “donate coins” too to show your support for.
The Manager of Public Relations for MTS, Mark Olson, told us all the details about the public input tool and how they will use the results they get from San Diegans who participate.
The proposals include extended service hours, transportation from the new Balboa Trolley station to the beach in Pacific Beach, a new trolley line (purple line) from the border and the South Bay communities to Mission Valley and Kearny Mesa, and many more. You can check them all out here: www.elevatesd2020.com/projects/.
They have short videos describing each project, pros and cons, and more information to inform the public. The 20-second video for the ‘Balboa to the Beach’ project is below.
There are no options available for those who do not believe tax dollars should be spent on more public transportation methods. Let us know what you think about the proposed projects by commenting on our Facebook post below.
On another note, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has been unanimously selected as the new Chair of MTS. He has been a longtime advocate for more public transit in our region.