Why City Transit Systems are Important for the Forest


Urban planners know the vital role that public transportation plays in good city-building and in environmental sustainability. 

Did you know that one of America's greatest conservationists, President Theodore Roosevelt, was a passionate believer in rapid transit and signed the "Rapid Transit Bill" in 1889 when he was governor of New York?

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation quickly learned the wisdom in President Roosevelt's foundational work in city building. We cannot preserve our wilderness lands from sprawl unless we turn our attention to the real cause of environmental degradation: dysfunctional cities.

We must save our cities in order to save our forest.

This is why the CNFF promotes sustainable city building through transit based communities. Our work and research has culminated in the 50-10 Transit Plan in answer to SANDAG's 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, which fails to meet the needs of future, environmentally friendly growth for the San Diego region.



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  • Paul Friedl
    commented 2014-12-06 10:36:27 -0800
    Paul Friedl commented 9 mins ago · Flag
    I read an article in the 12/6/2014 Union Tribune, “SANDAG will appeal setback to high court”, and would like to do more than comment on this situation reported in the article. I have been working on mitigating military traffic since 2008. I developed a strategy called “Remote Front Gate (RFG)” which would eliminate up to 95% of military traffic in the San Diego area, and thereby greatly reduce vehicle exhaust emissions. A link to a Power Point presentation on DropBox follows:


    I totally agree with the Cleveland National Forest Foundation’s position on accusing SANDAG of gross negligence in its plans for the future of the San Diego area. I submitted the RFG strategy to Todd Gloria (SANDAG-Transportation) last year, and he passed it on to other SANDAG personnel. They phoned back once and implied that they preferred a more lenient approach to military traffic mitigation based upon making available busses for optional use by military commuters; this despite the complete failure of a previous SANDAG plan called “The Murph Express” which attracted only 1% of military commuters even though the plan made express door-to-door service available! Optional participation will NOT WORK!

    If you view the RFG Power Point slide presentation, you will see how RFG would answer this problem.

    During the past 6 years I have discovered that neither SANDAG nor the city of San Diego have included the US Navy in their active planning. To be sure, they have usually invited the Navy to send a representative to listen in, but I have found that hardly any plans seem to be developed cooperatively, in spite of the fact that the US Navy is the largest employer in San Diego!

    RFG is a strategy that calls for close involvement between SANDAG and the US Navy! Perhaps it takes a law suit to get SANDAG and city governments working on a common set of problems dealing with our environment. RFG would ELIMINATE up to 95% of military traffic!! Why can’t SANDAG and city planners talk with the Admiral in charge of Navy Southwest Region?? The time for the Navy to at least make an RFG trial effort is NOW! Come on SANDAG, help the Navy do an RFG trial, and stop merely adding concrete to our roads. If RFG works as planned, traffic would be greatly reduced, as would the need for adding so many new highway lanes.

    Paul Friedl
    Retiree living in Coronado