Winter 2015 Newsletter

In This Issue

I-805 South Express Lanes Project Update

Border Infrastructure Improvements 

Trolley Renewal Project Update

Celebrating 28 Years of TransNet Success

Save Money, Get Free Tolls

Customer Reminder: FasTrak Transponder

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Customer Reminder: FasTrak Transponder

As a South Bay Expressway FasTrak customer, you can use your transponder on any FasTrak toll facility or bridge in the state of California, including the I-15 Express Lanes in San Diego County.

 

The Express Lanes are free for carpools so, if you have more than one person in your car, remember to put your transponder in the Mylar bag you received when you opened your account. This will prevent your transponder from being read and your account from being charged. Just remember to put your transponder back on your windshield when you’re ready to drive on South Bay Expressway again. To request a Mylar bag free of charge, email our Customer Service Center at customerservice@sbxthe125.com.


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I-805 South Express Lanes Project Update

Construction continues on the first phase of the Interstate 805 (I-805) South Express Lanes Project, a $1.1 billion effort to create a new, modern transportation backbone to meet the future needs of travelers in our region. In Chula Vista, work continues on the East Palomar Street Direct Access Ramp (DAR), Transit Station, and Park & Ride lot. The East Palomar Street bridge will reopen this spring, and the DAR will be completed this summer. Construction also is underway in National City, where crews are adding a northbound auxiliary lane and a southbound outside through lane between State Route 54 and East Plaza Boulevard. When completed this fall, these lanes will improve overall freeway flow and alleviate congestion by accommodating traffic entering and exiting the highway.


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Border Infrastructure Improvements

The first segment of State Route 11 (SR 11) currently under construction in Otay Mesa is scheduled to be completed in late 2015. SR 11 is a four-lane highway that will ultimately extend 2.5 miles to connect State Route 905 (SR 905) and South Bay Expressway (SR 125) to the proposed Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE).


This summer, Caltrans expects to break ground on the SR 905/SR 11/SR 125 northbound connectors. The project, in conjunction with the proposed Otay Mesa East border crossing, will help reduce congestion and support binational trade between the United States and Mexico. It also will provide a seamless connection to the state highway system for commercial vehicles departing the existing Otay Mesa POE, as well as all vehicles using the future Otay Mesa East POE.


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Trolley Renewal Project Update

Since 2010, the Trolley Renewal Project has worked to renovate and upgrade 35 Trolley stations throughout the Blue, Orange, and Green Lines. In late January, low-floor vehicle service was launched throughout the entire Blue Line.  Construction is nearly completed on the final four Trolley stations on the Blue Line. Palm Avenue, Iris Avenue, and Beyer Boulevard Stations, and the San Ysidro Transit Center are currently in construction and are expected to be completed by early summer. The most recently completed stations include E Street, H Street, and Palomar Street in Chula Vista. These stations now have new shelters, seating, next vehicle arrival signs, and new rail. The H Street and Palomar Street stations also have new parking lots that provide additional spaces to accommodate more commuters.


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Celebrating 28 Years of TransNet Success

Over the past three decades, SANDAG has administered funds generated by TransNet, the region’s voter-approved, half-cent sales tax for a variety of transportation-related projects throughout San Diego County. TransNet funding has made it possible for our region to expedite completion of numerous bus, rail, and highway improvements, as well as pay for bike and pedestrian projects, and local street repairs. Last year, TransNet funding contributed to Trolley, Bayshore Bikeway, and I-805 improvements in the South Bay. Over the years, state routes 54, 125, and 905 have benefited from TransNet funds. Watch this video to learn more about TransNet successes.


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Save Money, Get Free Tolls

As a FasTrak customer, take advantage of these great promotions all year long.

 

Refer-A-Friend: Get $10 in free tolls for each friend you refer to FasTrak and $10 in free tolls for them. Simply log in to your account to get your referral code and send it to as many friends as you like.

 

$50 in Free Tolls: One lucky FasTrak customer will win $50 in free tolls every month during 2015. All you have to do is drive on the toll road with your transponder. Each one-way trip equals one automatic entry.

 

Costco: Pick up a FasTrak transponder at a participating Costco and get $5 in free tolls. Transponders are priced at $34.99 and come with $40 in pre-paid toll credits.

 

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