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COVID-19 Pandemic Could Put The Brakes On MTS Plan To Expand Public Transit

An MTS trolley approaching the Grantville station is seen above a vacant lot,...

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Above: An MTS trolley approaching the Grantville station is seen above a vacant lot, which the transit agency has approved for housing development, June 19, 2019.

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With declining ridership and cutbacks in bus and trolley service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Transit System's multi-billion-dollar plan to expand transit now hangs in the balance.

Aired: April 13, 2020 | Transcript

On Monday, the Metropolitan Transit System started cutting back weekday bus and trolley service due to a drop in ridership amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the coronavirus is not only threatening current service. MTS planned to place a tax increase on the November ballot to expand public transit service in the region. Now, the global pandemic has left that plan hanging in the balance, at least temporarily.

RELATED: MTS Leaders Discuss Possibilities For Transit Ballot Measure

Joshua Emerson Smith, who covers transportation for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss what's at stake for the future of transit in San Diego.

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