San Diego County CA— The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and North County Transit District (NCTD) will hold six public meetings throughout San Diego County to collect input on proposed MTS and NCTD transit fare changes.
During the meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to submit public comments, speak to staff members, and learn more about the proposed changes. All comments will be summarized and presented to the SANDAG, MTS, and NCTD boards of directors over the next few months. If approved by all three boards of directors, the proposed changes will be implemented no earlier than January 27, 2019.
MTS and NCTD are proposing to adjust fare structures to ensure that safe and reliable transit services are maintained. Over the last ten years, operational costs have increased, while fare revenue has declined, and fares have not increased. The proposed changes also will simplify the fare structure across the region, making it easier to access a wide range of transit options.
The SANDAG Board of Directors approved the region’s first Comprehensive Fare Ordinance encompassing fares on all public transit vehicles operated in San Diego County by MTS and NCTD in March 2006. The Comprehensive Fare Ordinance consolidates existing MTS and NCTD fares and regulations into a single regional ordinance, which is consistent with SANDAG Board Policy No. 029, the Regional Fare Policy.
Because the Regional Fare Policy provides the regional framework for all transit fares, any fare changes, such as increases or changes in fare types, must be approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors. The proposed changes also must be approved by the MTS and NCTD boards of directors before the changes are implemented. Because the proposed changes include the Senior/Disabled/Medicare and Youth Regional monthly pass discounts, as well as the qualifying senior age for all senior fares, the SANDAG TransNet Ordinance also will be revised if the changes are approved by all three boards of directors.
Six public meetings will be held in locations (accessible by transit). Below are the meetings in North County:
*Tuesday, October 30, 2018
- 12 noon – 2 p.m.
- Escondido Library, Turrentine Room
- 239 S. Kalmia St.
- Escondido, CA 92025
Thursday, November 1, 2018
- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Oceanside Library, Community Room
- 330 N. Coast Hwy
- Oceanside, CA 92054
*Spanish interpretation will be available at these locations.
Other meetings throughout the county:
*Monday, October 22, 2018
- 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
- Chula Vista Library, Civic Center Auditorium
- 356 F St.
- Chula Vista, CA 91910
*Tuesday, October 23, 2018
- 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
- MTS Board Room
- 1255 Imperial Ave., 10th Fl.
- San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- El Cajon Police Department, Community Room
- 100 Civic Center Way
- El Cajon, CA 92020
*Monday, October 29, 2018
- 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- City Heights Library Community Room
- 3795 Fairmount Ave.
- San Diego, CA 92105
Members of the public also may:
Submit comments in writing: SANDAG PIO, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101
For more information about the proposed changes, next steps, and opportunities to provide input, visit sandag.org/fares.