Have you ever wondered how bicycling projects get funded in the San Diego area? Most of the funding for bicycling projects in San Diego come from the TransNet program.
The TransNet program is a state program created by a one-half cent sales tax which funds transportation improvement programs in California. Between 2008-2048, about $14 billion is expected to be distributed among highway, transit, and local road projects to reduce traffic congestion in San Diego County. In San Diego County, SANDAG (comprised of 18 area cities) administers these funds generated by the TransNet program. The program is set to expire in 2048. During the period 2008-2048, $0.28 billion will be spent on Bike and Pedestrian programs. In comparison, major highway & transit projects will get $4.67 billion.
For Fiscal Year 2010, $8.0 million is available for allocation toward non-motorized transportation projects in the San Diego area. Besides various studies that will be conducted to evaluate the feasibility of constructing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, some of the funding will go toward the installation of bicycle loop detectors in Districts 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8.