San Diego MTS awarded $33.5 million grant to advance major capital initiatives

Posted: 13 July 2022 | | No comments yet

The new funding will allow San Diego MTS to continue modernising its system, further advance its transition to a zero-emission bus fleet and enhance safety for its riders.

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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has announced that it has been awarded $33.5 million, as part of the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA) competitive grant, to continue advancing its transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2040, and major improvement projects for the system.

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) funding will advance key agency objectives, including expansion of the busiest transit centre in Downtown, improvements to Trolley stations along the Orange Line and implementation of its Zero Emission Bus Transition Plan.

“We are very excited and grateful to our state officials for investing in San Diego’s transit future and our communities,” said Sharon Cooney, MTS CEO. “The money from this grant will allow us to continue to modernise our system, rehabilitate and replace aging infrastructures, enhance safety for our riders and increase ridership.”

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The MTS improvement projects funded by the TIRCP grant include:

  • Electrification of MTS Imperial Avenue Division which requires charging infrastructure for full transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2040
  • The Orange Line Improvement project, which includes widespread enhancements along the corridor with station passenger information sign upgrades
  • The 12th and Imperial Transit Center Expansion project, which includes components of a Mobility Hub and expansion of the transit centre’s footprint for increased capacity.

TIRCP is part of California Climate Investments, a state-wide programme that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

In October 2020, MTS adopted a transition plan to convert its entire bus fleet to zero emissions by 2040 and has already started to implement important projects to achieve the ambitious goal. In early 2022, MTS broke ground on the largest overhead charging bus system in the state at its South Bay Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility in Chula Vista. This bus division will begin to serve the new Rapid Iris route in the South Bay in early 2023.