The San Diego Association of Governments reached its four marketing goals to increase usage on the South Bay Expressway for the fiscal year ending June 30.
The first goal was to increase local trips within Chula Vista by 15 percent. SANDAG reported trips between Birch Road and East H Street have increased by more than 50 percent in fiscal year 2013, compared to fiscal year 2012.
The second goal was to increase overall usage of the South Bay Expressway state Route 125 toll road by 15 percent. SANDAG said total trips for fiscal year 2013 exceeded 11.65 million, 22 percent higher than what it was forecast to be if tolls were not reduced.
The third goal was to increase FasTrak electronic toll accounts by 10 percent. Accounts have increased by 16 percent in the last 12 month and now total more than 31,000.
The fourth goal was to increase FasTrak transponders in circulation by 15 percent. The South Bay Expressway now has more than 54,000 FasTrak transponders, an increase of close to 20 percent from last year.
SANDAG’s board of directors adopted these goals and lowered toll fees by up to 40 percent last year.
Toll fees now range from 50 cents to $2.75 for customers with a FasTrak electronic tolling account and from $2 to $3.50 for cash and credit card users.
SANDAG bought the lease to operate South Bay Expressway in December 2011 with the primary goal of diverting traffic off of Interstate 805 and local streets in Chula Vista.
SANDAG said it is meeting its requirements for covering operating costs, funding maintenance reserves, and scheduled debt service payments, with revenues slightly exceeding $21 million for fiscal year 2013.
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