San Diego awarded funds for zero-emission buses, new IB to Otay Mesa route

Posted at 3:37 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 18:37:17-04

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.

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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.

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“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.