The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board recently voted unanimously to approve $108 million for the fiscal year 2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), welcome news to several Uptown residents who depend on the regional bus and trolley system.
The local residents largely echo a random sampling by the MTS that showed San Diegans are generally pleased with the agency’s work.
MTS operates 95 bus routes and three trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday more than 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and trolley services. MTS set a new record in FY 2015 with 96.7 million riders.
“The MTS CIP is an important road map for planning and funding assets for San Diego’s transit system, and having more than $100 million to allocate in CIP funds is very healthy for an agency our size,” MTS CEO Paul Jablonski told San Diego Uptown News.
“This includes new trolleys and buses, transit facility upgrades, hundreds of bus benches and bus shelters, technology improvements and more,” he said.