Letter: Amendments to strengthen commitments to transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate wrote a letter to provide final recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. Circulate San Diego is willing to support a ballot measure that commits to building priority transit projects in a reasonable time frame of 15 years.

Read our full letter here [PDF].


Circulator - June 17th

Policy Letter: Commitments to advancing transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate San Diego issued a letter with recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. We believe that the measure can be further improved by providing a reasonable time frame to complete the remaining transit projects listed in the measure’s Priority Corridors program.

The most recent draft langue discussed at the June 10, 2016 board meeting provides clarity and certainty for when SANDAG’s measure would distribute active transportation funding and finance trolley service enhancements. KPBS reported on the progress at the board meeting, where the board contemplated committing to earlier funding for public transit and biking projects.

Read the letter here (PDF).


 

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New Report Provides Questions for Walkability in San Diego

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The trend towards more walkable places in San Diego and around the country has been picking up steam and provides more concrete benefits than previously understood. Early this week Smart Growth America released its newest report Foot Traffic Ahead 2016 which analyzes walkable urbanism in the US’s 30 largest metro areas. This research does not look at the difference between urban and suburban, instead it considers walkable places or “Walkable Urban Developments” versus “Drivable Sub-Urban” places.  The report refers to regionally significant, walkable urban places as “WalkUPs.”  

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Letter: Coalition of Supporters for Affordable Homes Bonus Program

Circulate San Diego organized a coalition of affordable housing advocates, market-rate developers, REALTORS, business groups, and climate change activists to support the proposed update to the City of San Diego's Affordable Homes Bonus Program. We submitted this joint support letter to City decision-makers. [PDF]

As reported by KPBS, the proposal was adopted unanimously by the City Council, and it will provide a variety of benefits to projects that incorporate affordable homes. 

Additional Backup Information:

Initial Working Group proposal for Affordable Homes Bonus Program update [PDF]

Current production numbers for State Density Bonus in San Diego as of 2016, based on figures from the San Diego Housing Commission [PDF]


Letter: Commitments to advancing transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate San Diego issued a letter with recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. We believe that the measure can be further improved by providing a reasonable time frame to complete the remaining transit projects listed in the measure’s Priority Corridors program.

To read Circulate's letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF]


Blog Post: Transit and active transportation enhancements in SANDAG’s most recent ballot measure draft

SANDAG is currently preparing a ballot measure for the November 2016 election to fund a variety of transportation, habitat, and infrastructure programs.

The agenda backup documentation for SANDAG’s June 10, 2016 board meeting includes a variety of amendments related to transit and active transportation. They appear to be responses to the requests from Circulate San Diego to provide more certainty about when transit and active transportation projects will be funded.

These amendments provide greater clarity about SANDAG’s plans, and they demonstrate commitments for at least some timelines for some transit projects.

Relevant sections of the updated ballot measure are copied below. The underlined sections represent additions to the ballot measure language.

Circulate San Diego will continue to monitor the progress of SANDAG's ballot measure, and advocate for more funding and certainty for transit and active transportation.

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Circulator- June 4th

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We are excited to announce the call for nominations for Circulate San Diego’s 2016 Momentum Awards. These awards honor the people, projects, and places that support forward-thinking multi-modal transportation choices and healthy communities in the San Diego region. Submissions are due by July 15, 2016. Award categories are:

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Star_Only.jpgHealthy Community Award

Star_Only.jpgLocal Hero Award

Star_Only.jpgComplete Streets Project Award

Star_Only.jpgConnectivity Project Award

Star_Only.jpgSmart Growth Award


Do you know of a person or project that deserves a Momentum Award? To submit a nomination, please click here.


 

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Update on the campaign to fix the Compass Card

mts.pngToday, KPBS reported that MTS plans to roll out stored value for the Compass Card by November 1, 2016.

This is a major victory for transit riders in San Diego. With stored value, riders will be able to store virtual cash on their Compass Card, and draw down those funds whenever they need to pay for a single ride on public transportation. This is an expansion for convenience and access to the region’s transit systems, and riders will still be able to use their Compass Card to carry monthly or day-passes.

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Letter: Status Update on the Transit and Active Transportation Components to SANDAG’s Proposed 2016 Ballot Measure

Circulate San Diego staff prepared this memorandum for our board to discuss the status of SANDAG's proposed 2016 ballot measure, as it relates to transit and active transportation.

The short summary is that the measure has substantial new money for transit and active transportation, and the commitments to advance transit are meaningful, though possibly not sufficient. Read the entire memorandum here. [PDF]


Letter: Support AB 2763

Circulate San Diego joined with a number of organizations and companies from around California to support AB 2763 which clarifies that drivers can use leased or rented vehicles while driving with a Transportation Network Company (TNC). 

To read the entire letter, click here: [PDF]



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