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Spring 2012

SBX transition to SANDAG

I-15 Express Lanes

South Bay Bus Rapid Transit

Padres Discount Tickets

Adopt-A-Highway Sponsorship Opportunity

Community Connection

Special South Bay Expressway Padres Appreciation Offer

San Diego Padres
To say thank you to our customers and to support the Padres, we want to share a SPECIAL OFFER with you, your family, and friends. We’re offering our customers Padres tickets at a HUGE DISCOUNT! Just go to and enter code SBX to purchase tickets. The games offered at this time are through June; check back in late June for additional games.

Adopt-A-Highway Sponsorship Opportunity

Have a business or cause that you want to promote on South Bay Expressway? Have we got an opportunity for you! Businesses and organizations can now be recognized on Adopt-a-Highway signs along the full 10 miles of SBX. If you're interested, call Lisa Goode at (800) 665-4821 or e-mail For more details, visit

Community Connection

Have questions about SBX? We're looking forward to meeting you! Check us out around town at these events!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day
April 28 - 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cycle Eastlake 2012
April 28 - 6:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Mexport International Tradeshow
May 17 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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SBX transition to SANDAG management going smoothly


The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) took over management of the South Bay Expressway in December of last year after completing a $341.5 million transaction to acquire the lease to operate the toll road.

SANDAG is working on a business plan to reduce tolls. The process of lowering tolls is expected to begin in late spring. SANDAG's goal is to balance the toll reduction with the need to generate enough revenue for operations and maintenance, pay back loans, and provide for future improvements.

SANDAG has different goals than the previous toll road operator, a private, for-profit entity. SANDAG is a public, non-profit agency intent on improving mobility in the San Diego region. SANDAG is overseen by a board of directors composed of elected representatives from the 18 cities and county government in the region.

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Your FasTrak transponder also works on the I-15 Express Lanes


Here is an added bonus for South Bay Expressway travelers who have a FasTrak account: your transponder also works on the I-15 Express Lanes.

Built in the freeway median, the 20-mile expressway within a freeway (two lanes in each direction) extends from SR 163 in San Diego to SR 78 in Escondido, with transit stations and Park & Ride lots available along the route. The lanes are free to carpools, vanpools, transit, and motorcycles. To avoid being charged when carpooling, simply place your transponder in a Mylar® bag and no toll will be charged. If you do not have a Mylar bag for your transponder to use while carpooling, you can purchase one for $1.00. Just contact our Customer Service Center, and we'll be glad to mail you one. Solo drivers can use the I-15 Express Lanes for a toll, which is automatically billed through your SBX FasTrak account.

The I-15 Express Lanes are the region's first adaptable, high-tech transportation facility configured to meet diverse traveling needs. The facility features a movable barrier that allows Caltrans to make up to three lanes available to drivers in the peak direction during rush hour. Direct Access Ramps enable users to enter the Express Lanes from local streets without cutting across traffic in the general purpose lanes.

A new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is slated to begin service on the I-15 Express Lanes starting in 2013. This high-frequency system will connect residential areas with major employment centers between downtown San Diego and Escondido.

Planning for South Bay Bus Rapid Transit underway

Environmental work continues on the South Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service connecting the Otay BRTMesa border crossing to downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista. This 21-mile bus route will provide riders with fast, frequent, and high-quality transit service.

Plans call for the new system to operate in dedicated right-of-way through much of eastern Chula Vista, as well as in carpool lanes on I-805 south and SR 94.

South Bay BRT also will use the SR 125 toll road to directly serve the Otay Mesa border crossing. For more information about the South Bay BRT, visit

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