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What Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Means For San Diego

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata stands in front of the future Balboa ...

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Above: SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata stands in front of the future Balboa Avenue station on the Mid-Coast Trolley, March 5, 2021

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The president's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would invest heavily in public transit and intercity rail — goals that are closely aligned with what San Diego transportation planners hope to achieve.

Aired: April 5, 2021 | Transcript

President Joe Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan last week, aiming to boost the economy as it emerges from the pandemic recession.

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The plan is being pitched not just as a stimulus package but also an opportunity to invest in sustainable transportation, with hundreds of billions of dollars dedicated to public transit, intercity rail and electric vehicles. Biden also proposes spending heavily on roads and bridges, but would prioritize repairing them before widening them to accommodate more traffic.

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Those goals closely align with the vision put forward by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) as it crafts its next long term transportation plan.

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss what San Diego County might gain if Biden's infrastructure plan is approved.

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Andrew Bowen
Metro Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover local government — a broad beat that includes housing, homelessness and infrastructure. I'm especially interested in the intersections of land use, transportation and climate change.

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