Continuing Action – Work with Partner Agencies to implement the Transportation Projects contained in the Regional Plan

Staff provides regular updates to the SANDAG Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. The reports summarize the status of major transit, highway, active transportation, traffic management, and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) projects in the SANDAG five-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The TransNet one-half cent local sales tax and other local, state, and federal revenue sources fund these projects. The projects contained in these reports have been prioritized and are included in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The following is a sample list of projects and their most recent progress made to date. The most recent quarterly report was presented at the Board of Directors meeting on May 26, 2017.

  • Inland Rail Trail – Phase 1 (Project No. 33): The San Marcos segment of the Inland Rail Trail from the County line to North Pacific Street opened to users on February 17, 2017. This segment constructed a mile long, Class I, bikeway within the City of San Marcos and connects to the existing bikeway which begins at the Escondido SPRINTER Rail Station. This phase is the first phase of a 7-mile long segment passing through San Marcos, Vista, and the County of San Diego. This will continue the overall project of a 21-mile Class I bikeway which will extend through the cities of Oceanside, San Marcos, Escondido, and portions of the unincorporated County of San Diego.
  • San Elijo Lagoon Double Track (Project No. 12): The San Elijo Lagoon Double Track project began construction in January 2017. It will add 1.5 miles of second main track from Cardiff-by-the-Sea to the southern border of the San Elijo Lagoon, and replace the more than 60-year-old wooden trestle 2 San Elijo Lagoon rail bridge with a modern, double-track, concrete bridge. The project is expected to open to the public in 2019. This project is being constructed in coordination with the Interstate 5 (I-5) North Coast Corridor (Project No. 60).
  • I-5 Gilman Drive Bridge (Project No. 62): The open to traffic date has been revised to fall 2018 for this project. This project is constructing a new overcrossing over I-5 between Gilman Drive and Medical Center Drive on the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) campus to facilitate on-campus circulation. This project is one of three regional projects SANDAG is jointly coordinating with UC San Diego and Caltrans to minimize disruption in the area.
  • State Route 11 (Project No. 73): The first phase of this project, which constructed a four-lane highway in Otay Mesa from State Route 905 to Enrico Fermi Drive, opened to traffic spring 2016. Phase 2A of this project, which will continue the highway from Enrico Fermi Drive to the future Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, currently is in the design phase and is expected to advertise by summer 2018. This overall project, which is being constructed in phases, will facilitate cross border commerce and ease congestion along the San Diego-Tijuana border.
  • Bike Month: In support of National Bike Month in May, during the third quarter, the SANDAG iCommute program offered grants of up to $3,000 for programs that educate, promote, and encourage biking as an everyday transportation choice. During the third quarter, twelve organizations were selected to receive funding in 2017, for a total awarded amount of $30,000. The 2017 GO by BIKE Mini-Grant program recipients were: BikeWalkSolana, Circulate San Diego, City of Carlsbad, City of Chula Vista, City of Coronado, County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, Diamond Business Association, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Diego Mesa College, The Urban Collaborative Project, and the University Heights Community Association.

The SANDAG TransNet Project Office monitors the progress of the TransNet Early Action Program (EAP) projects. Additional TransNet EAP project schedule information can be viewed in the TransNet Dashboard. Updated monthly schedules are compared to the baseline schedules, which are established for a given phase at the time the phase is fully funded.