After months of advocacy from Circulate San Diego, and pressure from other public agencies, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced a commitment to partner on a transit connection to the Airport.
The Airport Authority staff and board deserve credit for proactively responding to calls to change their plans for the needed Terminal One expansion. Leadership from Mayor Faulconer and SANDAG were also crucial for this success.
In short, this is a big win for the region!
When the Airport initially proposed changes to Terminal One in 2018, the initial news coverage of the objections to the project were focused on traffic and inter-agency turf battles. Soon after we launched a campaign to connect the airport to transit, and we generated more than 570 emails to the airport and Mayor Faulconer’s office. The result was a complete refocus of the issue to be connecting transit to the airport in both the press coverage and in public policy.
KPBS, October 17, 2018
Union Tribune, November 21, 2018
Union Tribune, November 21, 2018
Voice of San Diego, November 16, 2018
Voice of San Diego, November 20,2018
NBC 7 San Diego, November 16, 2018
Union Tribune, December 7, 2018
Union Tribune, December 11, 2018
Union Tribune, February 1, 2019
Circulate San Diego is busy this summer with pop-up events taking place all over the City and County. The pop-ups, mobile and temporary in nature, are meant to engage residents with refreshments, fun, and creativity while providing an opportunity to learn and give feedback on local projects.
As part of Circulate’s ongoing Spotlight blog series, we will start highlighting unique pop-ups that are part of innovative projects occurring in San Diego. One project in particular, the Balboa Station Plan for the Mid-Coast Trolley, has been utilizing pop-engagement through late spring and early summer with an especially relevant event over the July 4th weekend.Read more
VICTORY ON STORED VALUE!!
Recently, MTS, the region’s transit system, announced they are launching a stored value function for the Compass Card.
The new stored value system called “Compass Cash” will allow customers to load their transit pass with funds, and then draw down those funds whenever needed.
If you would like to support our work on this area, please consider making a contribution.
More Work Remains
While stored value is a clear victory for transit access in San Diego, more work remains.
In 2016, Circulate San Diego launched a campaign to fix the Compass Card, the fare payment system used throughout the San Diego region.
KPBS revealed in 2016 that the MTS Compass Card is not “PCI complaint,” and it leaves customers vulnerable to credit card fraud. MTS is examining updates to their core system that will address this vulnerability. Circulate San Diego is following that issue, and will be advocating for a system upgrade.
Read up on the extensive coverage of our campaign below:
KPBS: San Diego’s MTS Compass Card Stuck In The Past, January 14, 2016
KPBS: MTS Admits Credit Card Security Gaps, February 29, 2016
KPBS: MTS Board Members Ask For Faster Data Security Upgrades, March 3, 2016
Times of San Diego: Critical KPBS Report Sparks Call for MTS to Issue New Payment Cards, March 8, 2016
KPBS: Zapf, Alvarez Join Campaign To ‘Fix’ MTS Compass Card, March 8, 2016
Union Tribune: Editorial - MTS, get on board with security, stored value, March 12, 2016
Union Tribune: Relief may come for inflexible MTS payment method, April 9, 2016
KPBS: MTS Compass Card Was Insecure From The Beginning, April 13, 2016
KPBS: MTS Aims For ‘Stored Value’ On Compass Card By November, June 3, 2016
Union Tribune: Looking for more flexible MTS ticketing? Keep waiting, September 2, 2016
KPBS: MTS ‘Stored Value’ Launch Delayed To Early 2017, November 16, 2016
Union Tribune: More flexible Compass card won't happen until January, December 6, 2016
KPBS: MTS Launching Mobile Ticketing App — With Limits, March 9, 2017
Union Tribune: Why is San Diego so behind national curve on one-way fares for trolleys, buses and commuter rail?, April 17, 2017
KPBS: MTS Adds Long-Delayed "Stored Value" to Compass Card, June 27, 2017
Union Tribune: Bus, trolley riders can now store money on Compass Card, June 28, 2017
KPBS: Data Suggest Transit Riders Like New MTS Fare Options, December 27, 2017
Voice of San Diego: MTS’s Old Board Is Rushing to Adopt a New Fare Payment System, December 13, 2018
Circulate San Diego is committed to making public transit safer and more accessible for all.
Every day our staff puts a tremendous amount of effort into this, and yes, we need your financial support. Please give if you can.
We also rely on your help as civically involved residents.
- On February 29th, KPBS published a story revealing that transit riders were at risk of credit card fraud.
- Two days later, Circulate San Diego launched an online tool for San Diegans lend their voice to improving the Compass Card. (You can still use it!)
- Your emails brought two MTS board members together to host a press conference and release a letter calling on MTS for action.
- This weekend, the Union Tribute editorial page endorsed Circulate San Diego’s call to improve the Compass Card.