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MTS To Hold Forum On Possible New Transportation Tax Measure On 2020 Ballot

A Blue Line MTS Trolley train in Barrio Logan, San Diego, Feb. 21, 2018.

Credit: Matt Hoffman

Above: A Blue Line MTS Trolley train in Barrio Logan, San Diego, Feb. 21, 2018.

The Metropolitan Transit System will hold the first of three public forums Tuesday to discuss the San Diego region's housing and transportation challenges.

The meetings are intended to help MTS draft a possible ballot measure for 2020 that would implement a half-cent sales tax on trolley and bus fares to fund road and transit improvements. Circulate San Diego, a transit advocacy group, has suggested the tax could raise about $10 billion over 40 years.

The forum is one of multiple ways residents can give feedback to improve public transit around the county. MTS officials expect to hold dozens more forums and community events in the coming weeks to gauge public support for the ballot measure and what improvements MTS riders want to see.

The forum will be held at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center at 3777 Townsgate Drive. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. A list of the agency's planned forums and events can be found at elevatesd2020.com.

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