Letter: Comments on Amendments and Addition to the State CEQA Guidelines on the Evaluation of Transportation Impacts

Circulate San Diego signed on to a letter providing comments on the CEQA evaluation of transportation impacts. With other states looking to California as they consider similar changes to environmental laws, it is critical to get these guidelines right to set a good precedent for the rest of the nation.

Read the entire letter here [PDF].

Letter: Response to Delay and Cost Increase for Downtown Mobility Plan Cycle Tracks

Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel, wrote a letter sharing Circulate's disappointment in the reported delay and cost increase for the Downtown Mobility Plan cycle tracks. The letter also expresses hope that action be taken to ensure protected bicycle facilities be installed using low cost temporary materials across the entire network within three years from the Plan’s adoption in 2016, as promised by Mayor Faulconer.

Read the entire letter here [PDF].

Letter: Bus Transfers in the Development of the Regional Fare Study Packages

Circulate wrote a letter urging the MTS Board of Directors to include free or discounted bus transfers in all packages of the Regional Fare Study. MTS is one of only two of the twenty largest transit agencies in the United States that does not provide free or reduced-price transfers for bus riders. 

Read the entire letter here [PDF].

Report: Democracy in Planning

Today, Circulate San Diego released our newest report "Democracy in Planning."


Public participation is a cornerstone of city planning and a pillar of democracy. Everyone should have a voice in how decisions are made, especially in local government. In the City of San Diego, City-sponsored community planning Groups (CPGs) serve as the primary vehicle to facilitate public participation in the planning process.

CPGs provide a space for community members to serve their City, and their input frequently improves development and transportation projects.

Our report details a variety of proposed reforms to ensure that everyone has a voice in the community planning process.

Letter: 2018 Work Plan for Smart Growth and Land Use Committee

Circulate wrote a letter to provide recommendations for the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee’s 2018 work plan. We strongly recommend that the Smart Growth and Land Use committee incorporate our recommendations into their work plan, and push for these policies to be adopted.

Read the entire letter here [PDF].

Letter: Support for City of Oceanside's SB1 Grant Application

Circulate wrote a letter to Caltrans supporting the City of Oceanside's application for a Safe Routes to School planning grant. We appreciate Oceanside’s efforts on safety for school children, and we encourage Caltrans to award this grant.

Read the entire letter here [PDF].

Letter: Circulate Supports SANDAG Projects

It is definitely grant season! And while Circulate San Diego is fast at work submitting our own proposals to fulfill our mission of creating excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, we are also writing many letters to support the grant applications of other agencies and organizations. Below is a roundup of the SANDAG grant proposals we are supporting.

Local Partnership Program - Support for San Diego North Coast Corridor: Multimodal Improvements. 

This project would construct critical multi-modal improvements to improve infrastructure condition, and address safety within the San Diego North Coast Corridor. Read the full letter, click here.

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program - San Diego North Coast Corridor: Build NCC Phase 1

The Build NCC project will address critical transportation needs along the Interstate 5 (I-5) corridor, while helping to reduce congestion, enhance the coastal environment, strengthen the economy, and improve quality of life in the San Diego region. To read the full letter, click here

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program – Sorrento to Miramar Phase 2 Intermodal Improvements Project

This project is a critical improvement project located on the state’s busiest rail corridor. It closes a gap by building a second track and straightens several curves along the slowest section of the corridor between San Diego and Los Angeles. Further, the speed restrictions along this section restrict operational reliability and flexibility, which result in delays for both passenger and freight services. To read the full letter, click here.

Support for The Future of Mobility: Ride-Hailing Data Collection and Analysis

Transportation Network Companies (TNC) such as Uber and Lyft present great opportunities to improve mobility for local residents. This research would help transportation planners and the public to understand the impacts of TNCs.  This effort will fill a crucial gap in the data necessary to plan for the growth of these services in our respective regions. To read the full letter, click here.

Letter: Response to Councilmember Comments at PSLN Committee Meeting

Circulate San Diego wrote a letter in response to comments regarding distracted pedestrians made at the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee meeting today. Circulate does not support the criminalization of pedestrians that would result from any ordinance targeting distracted pedestrians. Every road user should be aware and safe, and Circulate supports education, encouragement, and awareness programs that promote safe walking, cycling, and driving. The City’s Vision Zero and Climate Action Plan goals will be met through a commitment to traffic safety improvements and encouraging safe walking, cycling, and driving habits.
Read the entire letter [PDF].

Letter: Support for Ride Between the Lines: Enhancing Access to Transit in San Diego

Circulate San Diego wrote a letter to the California State Transportation Agency supporting the “Ride Between the Lines: Enhancing Access to Transit in San Diego” grant application submitted by the San Diego Association of Governments.

The proposed project would implement improvements at 23 bus stops, including improved bicycle facilities and the introduction of transit islands to the San Diego region along Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and University Avenue – two corridors in the San Diego region with high transit frequency, transit ridership, and pedestrian volumes.

Read the entire letter here [PDF].

Letter: Recommended Items for Councilmember Budget Priority Memoranda for FY 2019

Circulate San Diego wrote a letter to City of San Diego Councilmembers recommending transportation projects to be included in their Budget Priority Memoranda for FY 2019. These projects, if funded, will save lives and help the City reach its Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero goals by making walking, biking, and transit safer, more affordable, and more convenient for San Diegans.

Read the letter here [PDF].

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