Farewell: Angelica Rocha

Farewell: Angelica Rocha

In keeping with our tradition, we ask our team members to share a few last words about the great work they have done and their experience with us.

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Letter: Request for SANDAG to perform a fair apples-to-apples comparison of Airport connection alternatives

Circulate San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership sent a letter requesting that SANDAG further evaluate the connection to the San Diego International Airport (Airport) through a Central Mobility Hub located Downtown. SANDAG is currently evaluating three alternatives to connect rail transit to the airport. These alternatives will not allow the SANDAG board, nor the public, to evaluate a fair apples-to-apples comparison. Instead, the choice of alternatives could allow SANDAG staff to recommend that the board dismiss a southern connection to the airport, because it does not offer the same Central Mobility Hub included in Alternative 1 and Alternative 2. SANDAG should instead evaluate a Central Mobility Hub located downtown. Read the full letter here. [pdf]

Circulate previously raised concerns about requiring transit riders from Downtown and south of the Airport to travel north, only to double-back to access the Airport. That letter is available here.

Coalition Letter: Recommendations for Reform for SANDAG’s Bicycle Safety Projects

Circulate San Diego, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and Climate Action Campaign sent a joint letter with recommendations for reform for SANDAG's bicycle safety projects. SANDAG has a strong record of leadership among regional planning agencies for funding bicycle projects. Safe bicycle infrastructure is crucial to achieving climate and mode-share goals, and to save lives. Unfortunately, the process of taking projects from planning through approval and construction has been unacceptably slow and expensive.

Read the full letter here [pdf]

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Walk This Way and Drop-off and Pick-up Campaigns

Calling all schools in the City of San Diego! Circulate San Diego is offering free safety education programs to promote safe walking, biking, and drop-off/pick-up behaviors.

If you’re interested in a presentation to your campus or classroom, please contact Octavio Garcia, [email protected].


Walk This Way Assemblies/ Presentations 

“Walk This Way” is a free 30-minute pedestrian safety training. The training offers an opportunity for students to learn best safety practices for walking on the street. We also incorporate the mental and physical benefits of walking to the environment, personal economy, health, and more!

Our team uses images and videos and can provide this training as an assembly, in a classroom, or on Zoom. Walk This Way is presented by Circulate San Diego, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to live, work, learn, and play.

Drop-off and Pick-up Campaign

Circulate is looking to provide the following materials to interested Elementary or Middle Schools:

  • Printed copies of our “Drop-off and Pick-up Safety Tips” resource. This resource is available in English or Spanish. Circulate will provide enough printed copies for every student in attendance.
  • A downloadable PDF copy of our “Drop-off and Pick-up Safety Tips” for easy digital sharing across the schools preferred platform, i.e. Peachjar or social media platforms.
  • A YouTube video link to accompany the resources mentioned above. The video is about 1 minute long and reinforces the tips and ideas in the educational flyer.
  • Language Principals can Copy + Paste for quick and easy sharing.

PRESS RELEASE: Circulate San Diego Congratulates MTS and NCTD for Launching PRONTO Fare Payment System

Contact: Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel

(619) 567-6856 | [email protected]

Circulate San Diego Congratulates MTS and NCTD for Launching PRONTO Fare Payment System

Today, Circulate San Diego is pleased to congratulate the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) for launching the PRONTO fare payment system.

“Circulate San Diego has advocated for years to modernize our region’s fare payment options,” said Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel with Circulate San Diego.  “We are very pleased that the new PRONTO system incorporates many of our recommendations, and will make transit more affordable and accessible.”

Circulate initially launched its campaign to update fare payment systems in 2016, and succeeded in 2017 to implement stored value on the previous Compass Card. Stored value is also incorporated in PRONTO.

Research from Circulate San Diego in 2018 showed that MTS was one of only two of the twenty largest transit agencies in the United States to not provide free or reduced-price transfers. After advocacy from Circulate, the MTS Board incorporated that policy into the new PRONTO system.

PRONTO will replace the Compass Card and Cloud systems entirely, offering riders a better payment experience when choosing transit. 

About Circulate San Diego

Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.



Letter: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s FTA Areas of Persistent Poverty Program Grant Application

Circulate San Diego wrote a letter in support of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) application submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Areas of Persistent Poverty Program.

Read the entire letter here [PDF]

Intro Spotlight: Kim Kantrud

In keeping with our tradition of interviewing new team members, we asked our new Assistant Planner, Kim Kantrud, a few questions so that you all can get to know her!

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