How the Vision Builder Works (It’s like shopping online!):

  • There is a total budget of 1,000 coins 
  • Estimated values* have been assigned to a range of transit projects
  • Each project concept** has a “Read More” link to learn more about it
  • Projects can be added to the shopping cart by clicking the “+ add to cart” link at the top of each tile, or in each project’s information page
  • No projects can be added that exceed the 1,000 coin maximum
  • Projects can be deleted by selecting the trash can icon next to each project in the shopping cart, or by clicking “remove from cart” on the project tile
  • When satisfied with your project list, please select “My Cart” to check out and submit your vision for transit’s future

* Project costs are very preliminary estimates only! Final project costs may vary considerably from these estimates. MTS is conducting rigorous modeling to determine more exact costs for projects and groups of projects. Results of that modeling are expected by the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

** Projects are listed in no particular order and are shuffled for each user. 

What will this information be used for?

MTS has the opportunity to ask voters at the November 2020 election for additional revenue to enhance San Diego’s transit system. But first, we need to know how you would build a better transit system. Add the projects to your cart that you would like to see MTS invest in and discover the improvements that could be made to our transit system. 


MTS is coordinating the analysis of all projects to estimate costs, ridership gains, and environmental benefits. Results of that analysis are expected by the first quarter of 2020. In the meantime, for the purposes of the Vision Builder tool, MTS relied primarily on the SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and other sources to estimate information. Where the RTP or previous studies were not available, ridership was estimated using passenger levels on similar services currently operated by MTS. Environmental benefit estimates considered ridership,  trip lengths, and fuel types.  To determine the relative number of “Coins” for each project, MTS estimated the total net cost of each project over 40 years (capital costs plus on-going operating costs, which were then reduced by expected fare revenues and any potential capital match by Federal/other sources).