SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego's transit service is getting millions in state funding, as part of billions being awarded to projects throughout the state.
San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System was awarded $40.09 million to update transit routes, add zero-emission buses, and create a new route between Imperial Beach and the Otay Mesa Border Crossing.
MTS said they plan to purchase 11 zero-emission buses to operate on the proposed Route 925 between Otay Mesa Transit Center and IB.
The transit service will also use the funds to improve the America Plaza station, Old Town Transit Center, and rail infrastructure on select lines.
“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,” MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski said.
SANDAG was also awarded $5.76 million to make safety improvements and station upgrades along University Ave.
“This funding will help make San Diego’s public transit system safer, faster and more accessible,” Senate Leader Toni Atkins said in a release. “I’m glad to see these badly needed improvements get underway.”
The funds were made available by the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program through SB 1.