SANDAG Offers ‘Bold Vision’ for Transit-Oriented Future in San Diego Region

SANDAG is the San Diego version of Tammany Hall and Chicago run by the Daley family.  It is corrupt, expensive and dangerous.  SANDAG in 2004 lied about the use of “needed” bond money, claiming it would be spent a specified projects.  In 2016 SANDAG asked for another bond—to pay for the projects it claimed the 2004 bond would finance.  They lied.  Just one example.

ow they want money that should be used to expand and maintain the streets and freeways of San Diego, for government payoffs to the unions for government transportation systems that are expensive, few use and work only when union leadership allows.

“That plan focuses on what the agency described as “five big moves” based on new transportation and networking technology:

  • Complete Corridors: Use networking technology to manage traffic on major corridors to optimize both car and transit routing.
  • Transit Leap: Create new high-capacity transit routes, such as a trolley line from the border to Oceanside, a tunnel for trains through Del Mar, and a tunnel to Coronado.
  • Mobility Hubs: Nearly two dozen points where people can quickly and easily transfer between different transportation options.
  • Flexible Fleets: Encourage rideshare, dockless vehicles and “microtransit” while embracing the coming driverless vehicles.
  • Next OS: Using new technology and dynamic pricing to optimize the regional transportation system.

What a bunch of gobblygook—words used to mean nothing, but make you feel good.  The bottom line is the outlined program makes the problem much worse for the families and businesses.  By taking needed money for projects that work—and instead providing funds for unions to buy more elections, it becomes a death spiral for the region.  The answer is simple—close down SANDAG.  Let the people decide their transportation needs, not the corrupt people in charge of government.

SANDAG Offers ‘Bold Vision’ for Transit-Oriented Future in San Diego Region

Posted by Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego,   4/26/19  

SANDAG staff proposed Friday a “bold new vision” for transportation in the San Diego region that relies heavily on transit and new technology and less on highway expansion.

The plan, presented at a meeting of the regional planning agency’s board, was offered to meet the needs of a region that will reach 4 million residents by 2050.

That plan focuses on what the agency described as “five big moves” based on new transportation and networking technology:

  • Complete Corridors: Use networking technology to manage traffic on major corridors to optimize both car and transit routing.
  • Transit Leap: Create new high-capacity transit routes, such as a trolley line from the border to Oceanside, a tunnel for trains through Del Mar, and a tunnel to Coronado.
  • Mobility Hubs: Nearly two dozen points where people can quickly and easily transfer between different transportation options.
  • Flexible Fleets: Encourage rideshare, dockless vehicles and “microtransit” while embracing the coming driverless vehicles.
  • Next OS: Using new technology and dynamic pricing to optimize the regional transportation system.

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata said the agency cannot just continue building and expanding roads at a time when California is seeking to reduce emissions to fight climate change. He said the agency has to change its traditional approach.

“Right now we have one choice, and we’ve invested a lot of money in that choice,” he pointed out, urging the board to back the new plan.

The vision drew both praise and criticism, with representatives of inland cities stressing the need to continue to expand the highway network.

“It’s time to do things differently,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer after the meeting. “This won’t be easy, but we shouldn’t shy away from tough discussions”

There were few specifics in the plan, but a number representatives from the 19 jurisdictions on the board said work needed to continue on inland highways.

“I think we can all agree this is a big, bold vision,” said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, who is chair of SANDAG. But, he added, “There is life east of I-15. Too often those lives are threatened by wildfires. It is my highest priority to make sure the 67 and the 52 have the capacity to evacuate those people.”

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, representing San Diego County, said highways are needed to support commuting and any tax increase to pay for the proposed transportation improvements “is a non-starter for me.”

But Jewel Edson, deputy mayor of Solana Beach, said the vision had the potential to excite voters sufficiently to approve a tax increase.

“What I hear from the folks in my community is I would love to take public transit,” she said.

The San Diego Area Association of Governments is the regions’s public planning agency. It is governed by a board composed of mayors, council members and supervisors from the region’s 18 cities and county government.

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