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February 2017

Save the Date for Bike to Work Day!

Bike to Work Day 2017 will take place Thursday, May 18. Mark your calendar so you can join thousands of commuters throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE. Interested in hosting an official Bike to Work Day pit stop? iCommute will start accepting applications on March 1. Pit stops are a great way for organizations to get involved in Bike to Work Day by offering fun breaks for new and experienced bike riders to rest and pick up free t-shirts and snacks (provided by SANDAG), and free encouragement (provided by you)! For more information, visit the iCommute Bike Month web page.

 New Bike Path Opens in San Marcos

The first phase of the San Marcos to Vista segment of the Inland Rail Trail is now open! The 1-mile segment completes the San Marcos section of the Inland Rail Trail, and connects the intersection of West Mission Road and North Pacific Street to Cherimoya Drive at the County of San Diego and City of San Marcos boundary. Construction on Phase 2, which runs through an unincorporated part of the county, began in late 2016 and will be completed in early 2018. The entire San Marcos to Vista segment consists of four phases, and is anticipated to be complete and open to the public in 2019.

SANDAG Board Approves Work Plan and Independent Examination of Revenue Forecast Issues

In a unanimous vote at its February 24 meeting, the SANDAG Board of Directors directed agency staff to hire an outside party to initiate an independent examination of issues surrounding the agency’s sales tax revenue forecasts, and also approved a work plan developed by agency staff to improve data integrity and accuracy. In recent months, SANDAG’s revenue forecasts for TransNet financial capacity estimates and Measure A have been called into question. TransNet is an existing regional half-cent sales tax for transportation. Measure A, which fell short of the two-thirds majority vote needed to pass last November, would have raised sales tax regionwide by another half cent to pay for transportation and other needs. The work plan approved by the board last week will fully investigate the errors, track down and fix any work products that may have been affected, and put into place best practices, policies, and safeguards to prevent future errors and keep the Board informed. To learn more, visit

Maximizing the Capacity of the I-15 Express Lanes

As of February 13, the barrier in the center of the I-15 Express Lanes is being moved more frequently to provide congestion relief for morning southbound rush-hour commuters. The barrier is now moved Monday through Thursday mornings to accommodate three southbound lanes and one northbound lane. It takes about two hours for the barrier to be moved. This typically occurs from 3:30 – 5:30 a.m. before the start of the morning commute. The Express Lanes are then returned to their original configuration between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Vehicles can continue to safely travel in the Express Lanes while the barrier is being moved. The I-15 Express Lanes provide 20 miles of flexible travel between SR 78 in Escondido and SR 163 in San Diego. Carpools, vanpools, transit riders, clean air vehicle drivers, and motorcycles can use the Express Lanes for free – all day, every day. Solo drivers can get FasTrak online or at Costco to get on their way in the I-15 Express Lanes. Tolls are automatically deducted based on trip length and traffic in the lanes. Watch a short video at to learn more.

2016 SANDAG Milestones and Accomplishments

Historic Year for Regional Transportation Captured in Video

2016 was a historic year for transportation in the San Diego region, and it’s all captured in this 22-minute video shown at the SANDAG Board of Directors retreat earlier this month. SANDAG and its partners – Caltrans District 11, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and North County Transit District (NCTD) – either completed or began construction on 23 projects in 2016. Two of those projects are mega projects: the Mid-Coast Trolley and the first phase of the North Coast Corridor Program, also known as Build NCC. The Mid-Coast project will extend the existing Blue Line from Downtown San Diego to the University City community, adding nine stations to serve key destinations such as Pacific Beach, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, the UTC mall, and business clusters in-between. Hailed by environmental advocates as a role model for integrated planning, Build NCC will extend carpool lanes on I-5, double track the coastal rail line, make bike and pedestrian improvements, restore the San Elijo Lagoon, and add sound walls along the freeway.

This Issue at a Glance

Save the Date for Bike to Work Day!
New Bike Path Opens in San Marcos
SANDAG Board Approves Work Plan and Independent Examination of Revenue Forecast Issues
Maximizing the Capacity of the I-15 Express Lanes
Historic Year for Regional Transportation Captured in Video

Did You Know?

SANDAG is in the final phase of surveying San Diego County residents on their travel behaviors – why, where, and how they travel for everyday trips. The information gathered as part of the San Diego Regional Transportation Study will help planners develop projects and programs to better meet everyone’s transportation needs. Learn more at

SANDAG Meetings/Workshops

For an up-to-date list of meetings and conferences, please visit the SANDAG Calendar.

Chiefs/Sheriffs Management Committee

Shoreline Preservation Working Group

Cities/County Transportation Advisory Committee

Regional Planning Committee

TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

San Diego Regional Traffic Engineers Council

Regional Planning Technical Working Group

Public Safety Committee

Transportation Committee

Social Services Transportation Committee

Regional Energy Working Group

Borders Committee

Board of Directors

Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities


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5007022 West Palm Street Pedestrian  Access Improvements (Airport Connection Pedestrian Walkway)
Proposals due: 3/8/2017

5006089 Pickup Trucks with Tow Package
Proposals due: 3/15/2017

5004990 On-Call Reprographics
Proposals due: 3/16/2017

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