Regional Transportation Plan Up For Approval
Monday, October 24, 2011
Aired 10/24/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Jerome Stocks, SANDAG Board Chair and Encinitas Deputy Mayor
Elyse Lowe, Executive Director, MOVE San Diego
Aired 10/25/11 on KPBS News.
A sweeping plan that will decide how millions of dollars are invested in transportation over the next 40 years is about to be approved.
More than 4,000 people commented on San Diego’s Regional Transportation Plan. It is designed to help the region absorb more than a million new residents by 2050, while cutting greenhouse gases.
2050 Revenue Constrained Transit Network
This map details the the public transportation network that is planned to be in place by 2050. Source: SANDAG.
2050 Revenue Constrained Highway Network
The planned highway system for San Diego by 2050. Source: SANDAG.
Counties around the state are watching: San Diego is the first in California to complete its plan.
Steve Padilla heads a coalition of community groups and neighborhood initiatives. He says - in spite of public input - the plan favors widening roads rather than expanding public transit.
“The transit component of this plan, most of those investments are back loaded,” he said. "They are a second priority. They come years, sometimes decades, down the line and the front loading of the plan is all about road improvements. I think our fundamental objection is that thinking is backwards.”
State Attorney General Kamala Harris also calls the plan a missed opportunity.
It is expected to be approved on Friday.
The executive summary of the plan can be found here.