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San Diego’s Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

Evening Edition host Peggy Pico speaks with Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, Colin Parent, policy counsel of Circulate San Diego, Jack Dale, board chair of SANDAG and Gary Gallegos, executive director of SANDAG about the disconnect between the city's Climate Action Plan and SANDAG's regional transportation plan.

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A report co-authored by San Diego environmental groups finds a disconnect between the city of San Diego's Climate Action Plan and SANDAG's regional transportation plan.

In the report, New Climate for Transportation, Circulate San Diego and the Climate Action Campaign said they used SANDAG data to compare the goals for the number of residents commuting by walking, biking and taking public transit by 2035 in the city of San Diego. The city's Climate Action Plan goal is to have 50 percent of city residents who live in the transit priority area commute by foot, bike or transit by 2035, while the goal of the transportation system in SANDAG's San Diego Forward plan is for 15 percent to commute without a car.

"We don't have any qualms with the specific projects that they have identified for public transit and active transportation," said Nicole Capretz, executive director of Climate Action Campaign and co-author of the report. "We're challenging the phasing of the projects."

Capretz said she is calling on SANDAG to work with the city to help meet the climate goals of the Climate Action Plan.

Gary Gallegos, executive director for SANDAG, said the San Diego Forward plan does just that.

"We work closely with the city so the high priority transit areas the city is wanting to work on are based on the investments we're going to make," Gallegos said. "(It's) roughly a $100 billion investment over a five year period and the city will then build on those because land and other regulations that the land use authority have are a driver for the city's plan so they will help the city achieve their goals."

SANDAG's board will vote on whether to approve the San Diego Forward plan on Oct. 9.

Capretz, Gallegos, Colin Parent, policy counsel for Circulate San Diego, and Jack Dale, board chair for SANDAG and a Santee City Councilman, will discuss the report findings and transportation plans Thursday on Midday Edition.

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