Final comments from Circulate San Diego on SANDAG's Draft TOD Strategy.
Circulate San Diego wrote earlier to express our concern that the initial draft of SANDAG’s TOD Strategy presented by SANDAG staff. In response, SANDAG staff prepared an updated document which included “Key Early Actions,”to be completed this year or in upcoming years.
Overall, the Key Early Actions represent an improvement to the original draft strategy. Circulate San Diego is committed to working with SANDAG and other agencies in the San Diego region to help implement these early actions.
Unfortunately, we must recommend that SANDAG Board members vote against adoption of the 2015 Draft Regional Plan in its current form because it does not adequately advance transit and active transportation projects.
Despite these differences, Circulate San Diego believes that the SANDAG Board can and should move forward with a region-wide Quality of Life revenue measure in 2016 that includes provisions and funding to advance transit and active transportation projects. [PDF]
Comment letter from Circulate San Diego on the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). [PDF]
Circulate San Diego and the Climate Action Campaign published a report "New Climate for Transportation," detailing the transportation outcomes compelled by the City of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.
Read the report online here.
The City of San Diego’s proposed Climate Action Plan commits the City to change the way people get to work. Not only is transportation important for economic development, lifestyle, and social equity, it is a crucial component to reducing the risks from climate change.
The purpose of the CAP is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the City of San Diego and to protect our quality of life.
Some of the mobility strategies outlined in the CAP must be implemented at the regional level by SANDAG—not by the City alone. However, San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, SANDAG's long range transportation plan, projects transit, walking, and bicycling levels far smaller in the City of San Diego than what is called for by the CAP.Read more
Policy letter: Application of Public Utilities Code to Ridesharing by Transportation Network Companies
Letter to the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure that the benefits of shared rides like Lyft Line and Uber Pool are allowed to continue, signed by Circulate San Diego, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Environmental Defense Fund, SPUR, Greenbelt Alliance, Southern CA Association of Governments, Planning and Conservation League Foundation, Climate Resolve, Coalition for Clean Air, SF Transit Riders, Caltrain, and TransForm. [PDF]
Letter expressing Circulate San Diego's concern with SANDAG’s Draft Transit Oriented Development strategy. [PDF]
Summary of Letter:
Circulate San Diego is asking the SANDAG Board to make modest, valuable, and achievable changes to the 2015 Draft Regional Plan to improve transportation and land uses in the region. Our request is organized around five main ideas.
1. Circulate San Diego cannot support a Regional Plan that would prevent the region from reaching the GHG reduction goals in Governor’s Executive Order S-3-05.
2. Circulate San Diego is not asking TransNet to be amended.
3. For San Diego to remain competitive with State and Federal funding, it must accelerate early transit and active transportation projects.
4. SANDAG has a variety of mechanisms available to pay for the advancement of transit and active transportation.
5. Circulate San Diego would support a Regional Plan that advances key projects that benefit the region.
On July 15, 2015, Circulate San Diego published "TransNet Today: Keeping faith with the voters while achieving the region's transportation goals."
This report makes the following findings:
(1) SANDAG’s Draft 2015 Regional Plan is inadequately designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote health, equity, and economic development.
(2) SANDAG must shift priorities toward transit and active transportation to maintain the region’s ability to compete for federal and state transportation funds.
(3) SANDAG has the flexibility to advance a number of transit and active transportation projects in the Regional Plan without needing to amend TransNet.
As SANDAG makes its plans to invest in the future of San Diego’s transportation system, it faces the same challenges that other regions throughout the state and the country are grappling with including maintaining rapidly aging infrastructure, serving the changing needs and preferences of residents, and addressing sustainability, health, the economy, and equity.
Read the report here.