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Regional Transportation Plan Up For Approval

Aired 10/24/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Jerome Stocks, SANDAG Board Chair and Encinitas Deputy Mayor

Elyse Lowe, Executive Director, MOVE San Diego

Transcript

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.

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2050 Revenue Constrained Transit Network

2050 Revenue Constrained Transit Network

This map details the the public transportation network ...

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2050 Revenue Constrained Highway Network

2050 Revenue Constrained Highway Network

The planned highway system for San Diego by ...

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.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 24, 2011 at 7:36 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

This plan is an absolute joke.

San Diego's future looks pretty grim.

I hope that 40 year from now when we are the backwards armpit of California dealing with lack of mass transit and endless freeways that become choked with traffic before they are even built, the 'geniuses' at SANDAG are called out and publicly recognized for ruining out city.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 24, 2011 at 7:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

What is meant by a "street car" and how is this different from light rail?

Are they talking about one of those things from decades ago?

Are these people mad?

In 2050 they expect a million more people, and they will have that much reliance on buses and "street cars"?

Can the state overturn this failed sham?

It's outright dangerous.

I'm surprised the SANDAG incompetents aren't proposing horsecars and man-powered rickshaws.

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