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SANDAG proposes transit expansion in San Diego
The proposal aims to connect communities to major destinations and employment centers while increasing mobility throughout the San Diego region, according to a SANDAG press release.
The proposal calls for creating a network of high-capacity, high-speed and high-frequency transit services that incorporate new transit modes and improve existing services. New high-speed services could include grade separated or tunneled services that span long segments with limited stops connecting major destinations.
Potential improvements to existing transit lines include double or triple tracking, higher train frequencies, dedicated lanes and signal priorities.
The proposal shifts the focus from building highways to building upon existing infrastructure to better utilize public transportation, SANDAG officials said.
“Together as a region we must deliver more transportation choices. Our projects are not just geared for cars and trucks anymore,” said Ann Fox, the California Department of Transportation’s District 11 deputy district director for planning. “Now more than ever, users need to have access to an integrated system that provides safe pathways for walking, biking, scooters, carpooling and taking public transportation.”
A conceptual framework of projects, programs and policies will be available for public review and comment in late 2019, following an outreach program to gather input from around the region, SANDAG officials said. That will be followed by computer modeling and a detailed environmental review of the plan.
SANDAG’s board is expected to consider approval of the regional plan in late 2021.
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