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MTS To Hold First Of Three Forums This Week On 2020 Ballot Measure

A San Diego Metropolitan Transit System bus is seen in this undated photo.

Credit: Metropolitan Transit System

Above: A San Diego Metropolitan Transit System bus is seen in this undated photo.

The Metropolitan Transit System will hold the first of three public forums this week Tuesday to discuss the San Diego region's housing and transportation current and future 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 throughout the rest of the summer to gauge public support for the ballot measure and what improvements MTS riders want to see.

The forum is intended to cater to residents of southern San Diego, San Ysidro and Imperial Beach. The forum will be held at Southwest High School's cafeteria at 1685 Hollister St. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. A list of the agency's planned forums and events regarding the possible ballot measure can be found at elevatesd2020.com.

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