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Circulate San Diego is a regional grassroots organization formed through the merger of Move San Diego and WalkSanDiego, San Diego County's leading organizations dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to live, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth.



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Quality of Life: How a Quality of Life measure can advance transit and active transportation projects

SD-UP-6-052.jpgThis is Part 4 of a series on a potential 2016 Quality of Life measure.

As discussed in the prior post, advocates for transit want any Quality of Life measure to advance the construction of transit and active transportation projects into periods earlier than are contemplated by SANDAG’s 2015 Regional Plan.

For many transit advocates, the primary objection to SANDAG’s regional planning efforts is the timeline in which transit and active transportation projects are scheduled to come online.  They do not object to the transit projects planned, only the long wait to see them completed.

If the region adopts a Quality of Life measure, there are a variety of ways in which it might accelerate transit construction. This post reviews some of the options.

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Quality of Life: What to expect in a Quality of Life measure – Part B

SD-CC-1-SC-094.jpgThis is Part 3 of a series of blog posts from Circulate San Diego about a potential 2016 Quality of Life measure.

The prior post covered a variety of likely uses from a region-wide Quality of Life measure. This post will review a number of other potential uses.

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Quality of Life: What to expect in a Quality of Life measure – Part A

SD-LV-1-A-006.jpgThis is Part 2 of a series of blog posts from Circulate San Diego about a potential 2016 Quality of Life measure.

It will be some time before SANDAG decides whether and how to move forward with a Quality of Life measure in 2016. However, there are some useful clues that can help advocates and the public understand what elements SANDAG is likely to include in a region-wide measure.

A Quality of Life measure is likely to generate approximately $26 billion over 40 years. SANDAG assumes in their 2015 regional plan that voters will approve a quarter cent sales tax, over 30 years, which would generate $10 billion. As explained below, SANDAG plans to spend that $10 billion on transit operations. However, SANDAG’s public board discussions and their recent polling have contemplated a half-cent sales tax over a 40-year period. Combined, that will mean a total of $26 billion raised over 40 years, and $16 billion in projects SANDAG can fund, above and beyond what their current Regional Plan already includes.

The below discussion outlines a variety of uses SANDAG may have for Quality of Life revenue. While estimated figures for each use are listed where available, the ultimate mix of projects and programs have not yet been finalized by the SANDAG board.

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