Traffic, revenue up on South Bay toll road

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South Bay ExpresswaySAN DIEGO — Revenue for the South Bay Expressway toll road was slightly higher than projected for the just-completed fiscal year, officials announced Monday.

Income for the toll road — an extension of state Route 125 that runs through eastern Chula Vista between Spring Valley and Otay Mesa — was slightly above the $21 million target for fiscal year 2013, according to the San Diego Association of Governments. The regional planning agency, which owns the expressway, did not provide a specific figure in its announcement.

Up more significantly was the more than 11.65 million trips taken on the route, up 22 percent, and local trips just within Chula Vista, 50 percent higher, SANDAG reported.

The number of FasTrak electronic toll transponders in use also increased.

SANDAG purchased the expressway from a private firm in 2011 and implemented lower tolls one year ago.

“SANDAG took over an underperforming facility that was not serving the needs of the community well,” said Jack Dale, the agency’s chairman and a member of the Santee City Council.

“In a short period of time, we’ve been able to turn South Bay Expressway around and put it on firm financial footing,” Dale said. “Residents and businesses are benefiting from lower tolls, and we are seeing traffic from local Chula Vista streets shift to the toll road, providing congestion relief to neighborhoods.”

Tolls currently range from 50 cents to $2.75 for customers with a FasTrak account, and from $2 to $3.50 for cash and credit card users. The range depends on the time of day and amount of traffic on the roadway.

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