Help Choose the BEST FUTURE for San Diego County
Call to Action! In order to move forward and create a robust transit system that is desperately needed in San Diego, we must ensure that transit gets the funding it deserves. This sort of change is possible! Both Los Angeles and Portland are prioritizing transit funding to expand transit and improve their communities at large. Click here to read about a transit revolution that revitalized the city of Bordeaux in France.
Our 50-10 Transit Plan (press release) envisions 50 years of transit within a 10-year period, would include the following components: (1) a full build-out of the region’s public transportation network prior tofunding any additional highway expansion; (2) a compact development, high density land useplan; (3) a comprehensive, integrated transit system initially focused on the urban core, the Sprinter and the Coaster. According to the 50-10 Transit Plan, SANDAG must build out its public transportation network before funding any additional highway projects. While the currently accepted Hybrid Scenario is a stepin the right direction because it includes $24 billion in transit investment, the Scenario also includes $21 billion for highway expansion. Increasing highway capacity at the same time as the region is trying to grow its transit mode share is an inherently flawed approach to regional transportation mobility.
The 50-10 Transit Plan is based on a compact development, high density land use plan, a fundamental shift as San Diego has traditionally experienced a low-density, decentralized development pattern. San Diego classically focuses on automobile infrastructure. The 5010 plan attempts to create a more pedestrain and bike focused mode of transportation like Portland.
Portland Mobility vs SANDAG Mobility
"The foundation of the 50-10 Transit plan includes the development of a preferred regional land use plan – a smart growth land use plan – and the development of a transportation mobility network that support the needs of this smart growth plan," said Duncan McFetridge of SOFAR. "The region’s land use patterns must change in order to ensure a sustainable future."
Please read below to find out WHY an urban core based transit system is necessary and beneficial, and why highway expansion is detrimental for the entire San Diego region:
Why Focus on the Urban Core?
Why is Highway Expansion Bad?
The Result: Paving over San Diego
How Bureacracy Resists Change
Did you know? Our affiliate, Save Our Forest and Ranchlands (SOFAR) is responsible for the San Diego region's only two transportation plans. Negotiations between SOFAR and CCDC led to the creation of the Complete Community Mobility Plan, while negotiations between SOFAR and SANDAG resulted in the Urban Areat Transit Strategy. Although these plans both focus on urban-based transit, as is analyzed in the factsheet above, it has been found that increasing urban transit will result in a more robust transit system for the entire San Diego region.
Read SOFAR's Complete Downtown Community Transportation Plan here.
Read the Downtown Complete Mobility Plan here.
Read the draft Urban Area Transit Strategy here.
Read the SOFAR vs. SANDAG Settlement Agreement here.
- Save Our Forest and Ranchlands
- San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- College Area Business Improvement District
- Urban Housing Partners, Inc.
- Oliver McMillan
- Environmental Health Coalition
- UNITE HERE Local 30
- Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation
- Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego