‘A New Day at SANDAG’ as Agency Admits it Must Cut Promised Projects

By Andrew Keatts : voiceofsandiego – excerpt
The San Diego Association of Governments admitted Friday it would not finish building everything it promised in 2004, when voters extended a sales tax to pay for highway and transit projects across the county.

The San Diego Association of Governments admitted Friday it would not finish building everything it promised in 2004, when voters extended a sales tax to pay for highway and transit projects across the county.

SANDAG had for years insisted it would still build everything in TransNet, the tax-funded program that promised major projects like the Mid-Coast Trolley extension and an expansion of I-15, even as its revenue expectations consistently fell and its cost projections relentlessly grew.

Voice of San Diego first reported the agency’s infrastructure program was in financial turmoil in October 2016, but SANDAG regularly maintained that concerns were unwarranted.

That’s over now. SANDAG’s new executive director, Hasan Ikhrata, told the board Friday that it was time to start deciding which remaining projects would get the dwindling share of expected funding, and which would be eliminated… (more)


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