Transit Will Benefit Everyone

Many quality of life issues from jobs, housing, and the economy to water and air quality are intrinsically linked to transit. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that moving from sprawl development and highway-based infrastructure to urban infill development and transit-based infrastructure would be an efficient and effective way to address regional crises and improve regional quality of life.


This graphic illustrates mixed-use and multi-family zoning which parallels El Cajon Blvd, University Ave and 30th St. The transformation of this zoning into a vibrant business, residential and walkable community could easily be actualized by state of the art transit connecting North Park to the rest of urban San Diego. This is the anatomy of what is missing in San Diego planning. More autos would make North Park intolerable and yet we continue building freeways instead of investing in transit which would make our urban areas walkable, bikeable and livable.

The benefits of transit are greatest when transit infrastructure is linked to urban infill development.  The current potential for infill development in San Diego is overwhelming, because many areas within the urban core already have zoning and land use specifications that would immediately allow for denser land uses.


Photo of light rail system in Bordeaux, this city transformation was completed in 6 years in the urban core. Imagine this on University Avenue!

Links to More Information on Various Urban Transit  Benefits

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  • Jamie Edmonds
    commented 2014-12-20 12:54:12 -0800
    Agreed that transportation is a critical human need, but that “light rail” (sic) is ghastly: huge, loud, inefficient, and . . . powered by what?
    Contrast that antique model with, quiet, solar powered jPods elevated above existing rights of way which are then converted back to pedestrian and biking lanes, now SAFE from vehicle cross traffic, room for more new green spaces, and the oh, EFFICIENCY! Why are we still moving a ton to move a person? Why are we standing and waiting on primitive technology (today’s 19th Century, fossil fueled, public transportation model) instead of tomorrow’s technology waiting at the station on us? Think of a horizontal elevator with individual “pods” that are waiting on you at a nearby platform which quickly, quietly and efficiently whisk you to your destination and anywhere else you’d like or need to go such that owning (financing, maintaining, fueling, parking, etc.) a car becomes not only unnecessary, but completely unjustifiable to the individual.
    You can’t legislate this sort of change. Like Bucky Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
    I gave a presentation on jpods to two transportation planners at SANDAG, but it fell of deaf ears. They both came from long careers at CalTrans and apparently brought their fossilized thought patterns with them. Do NOT look to SANDAG for ANY sort of forward “out of the box” type thinking in any sort of pre-collapse world. You may as well expect pigs to fly.

    See: for REAL solutions to our transportation and GHG emissions challenges. Still embarrassing to think that Secaucus might beat San Diego as the first to roll this out. Last I checked we’ve got a bit more sun than they do! ;-)