Elevate SD Background
The last successful ballot measure to support roads and transit was passed in 2004. It has made many positive impacts on our region, and funding has dried up.
A measure to support even more roads and transit failed in 2016. The difficulty of building consensus across the entire region led to Assembly Bill 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher), which gave the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) the authority to propose to voters to raise revenue up to half-cent sales tax for transit-related projects.
MTS developed a public participation plan called Elevate SD 2020 to develop a shared vision for the future of transit in San Diego. The agency was on a path toward a ½-cent revenue measure in the service territory that would have generated approximately $26 billion over 40 years.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTS Board decided to postpone Elevate SD 2020 and focus efforts and resources on providing safe and reliable transit service for essential workers and essential trips.
Even though the agency has postponed the revenue measure, the public participation in agency decisions is as critical as ever. MTS has many initiatives that need the public’s input. So the agency is continuing the conversation about the future of transit in San Diego through a Community Advisory Committee and other public forums as issues progress. This website will list those opportunities on the Get Involved webpage.
MTS has a number of projects in the works that have required public engagement or will require it in the near future.