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SANDAG Executive Director Discusses New Vision For Transportation

Hasan Ikhrata, incoming executive director of SANDAG, speaks during a press c...

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Above: Hasan Ikhrata, incoming executive director of SANDAG, speaks during a press conference after his hire was announced, Sept. 14, 2018.

The San Diego Association of Governments board agreed in late February to delay updating its regional transportation plan to bring it in line with state targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

SANDAG’s countywide reassessment is set to consider fundamental changes in how we get around.

"The only change that will make San Diegans leave their car in the garages, or some of them at least, is a state of the art transit system," said SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikrhata.

Ikrhata said that by November San Diegans will see a framework for the plan that shows, "we're going to have this underground system, this above ground system, this is how it is going to link together."

However, the delay will force the agency to miss a state deadline for regional transportation updates, which puts it at risk of losing state and federal funding for transportation projects.

Ikrhata said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez has agreed to put forth state legislation that would allow the 2015 regional transportation plan valid until the area has a new plan.

Ikrhata joins Midday Edition to discuss his vision for the county's new transportation plan.

GUEST: Hasan Ikhrata, executive director, San Diego Association of Governments

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