Terry Sinnott | Del Mar Deputy Mayor | SANDAG Vice Chair
Despite all its success, I am never surprised when someone asks me: “What is TransNet?”
Simply put, TransNet is a voter-approved, half-cent sales tax that has been used to build some of the most important transportation infrastructure projects this region has ever seen.
For more than 25 years, TransNet has been a quiet but powerful engine driving our region forward.
When voters approved the original TransNet in 1987 – and then extended it in 2004 – their investment enabled SANDAG to build the San Diego Trolley and commuter rail lines; build new highways including State Route 52 to Santee, the I-15 Express Lanes to Escondido, and HOV lanes on I-805 in the South County; create bike paths and walkable communities; and improve local roads.
So far, TransNet has helped to complete more than 650 projects throughout the region.
All this has been done to give residents choices when it comes to getting around, whether it be by car, rail, bus, bike or on foot. To view all of these projects, I encourage you to visit the interactive TransNet story map at:
We are using TransNet money for street and sidewalk improvements on CDM, Jimmy Durante and Via De La Valle. So Del Mar has seen some direct benefits from the TransNet funding.
Much of this work has been completed decades sooner than expected by leveraging TransNet funds to attract federal and state money. The result has been more transportation choices sooner. But we have more projects that are needed as our population grows, including transit, light rail, roads and highways.
If we want to continue to building local projects ahead of schedule to help accommodate another million people that are expected in the region in the next 35 years, a new funding source is needed. For this reason, the SANDAG Board – composed of elected officials from around the region – will be deciding in March whether to ask voters to approve an increase in the TransNet sales tax. SANDAG has been reaching out to residents of our region to find out what they think should be included in this type of measure.
With a new local funding source, we can continue to attract additional state and federal funds, allowing our region to advance transportation projects that include many choices for getting around, while at the same time fueling our regional economy and protecting our environment.