COAST CITIES —The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, board set priorities for the region’s next 40 years of transportation infrastructure development recently, selecting a transportation network scenario to be used in planning documents that will guide how the system evolves between now and 2050.
The SANDAG board of directors also selected Encinitas Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks as its new chairman. Stocks — previously the first vice chairman of the board, replaced former Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler, who served in the post for two years.
“This scenario addresses many issues,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said regarding the future traffic plan. “It envisions large-scale transit improvements and encourages ridesharing, while at the same time opening up freeway bottlenecks. And it includes biking facilities and supports walking to work, while at the same time maintaining quality infrastructure that will support and help grow our economy.”
The SANDAG board of directors also accepted the “Hybrid Scenario” as the preferred Revenue Constrained Transportation Network Scenario for use in developing the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan to be circulated in 2011.
The vote culminated more than a year of planning, outreach, public input, reviews and revisions to several initial network scenarios. The Hybrid Scenario, which combined elements from the four scenarios initially considered, was designed to maximize transit system enhancements, integrate biking and walking elements, promote programs to reduce demand and increase efficiency and meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
A three-minute video about the 2050 RTP may be viewed in English and Spanish by visiting the 2050 RTP Web page at www.sandag.org/2050rtp.