San Diego County CA— The staff of the California Transportation Commission has recommended that the San Diego region be awarded $311 million in funds to be generated by the passage of Senate Bill 1, which recently increased the state gas tax to fund a wide variety of transportation projects throughout the state.
The California Transportation Commission will consider the recommendation when it meets in San Diego on May 16 and 17. The recommendations were released last week for three major new grant programs created under SB 1.
“These SB 1 awards will be a major infusion of funds to the San Diego region,” SANDAG Chair and Del Mar Councilmember Terry Sinnott said. “With more than $311 million recommended for award, in addition to the more than $450 million already awarded to the region, construction can start in the coming months to deliver transportation system improvements, including adding carpool lanes, improving rail lines, and building biking and walking paths.”
Recommendations include $195 million for the North Coast Corridor Program, $82 million for the California-Mexico Border System Project, and $10.5 million for the Sorrento to Miramar Double Track Project. The CTC staff recommendations also included about $24 million for other local transportation projects; including, $12.5 million for the City of Escondido, approximately $6 million for the Port of San Diego, and $6 million for the City of San Diego.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.
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