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SANDAG Invites Public to Learn More About Future of Transportation

The Draft 2021 Regional Plan to be Discussed at a Series of Public Meetings

San Diego CA— SANDAG will host a series of virtual open houses in June for residents to learn more about the draft 2021 Regional Plan, the blueprint for land use and transportation planning in the San Diego region through 2050.

The draft 2021 Regional Plan will enhance quality of life for every San Diego County resident by making the region’s transportation system faster, fairer, and cleaner than ever before:

  • Faster by optimizing traffic flow and making transit more frequent and convenient
  • Fairer by improving social equity with expanded transportation options and access to job opportunities for historically underserved communities
  • Cleaner by meeting state and federal requirements related to climate change and clean air, investing in greener transportation options, and helping to implement local climate action plans and housing goals

“The draft 2021 Regional Plan outlines a roadmap to make it easier to get to work, school, and all the other destinations we know and love, while reducing harmful emissions that cause climate change,” said SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “Whether you drive, ride a bike, walk, or take transit, I encourage everyone in the region to get involved to help us create a plan that is faster, fairer, and cleaner for today and for future generations.”

Major benefits of the draft 2021 Regional Plan include:

  • Expanding convenient and reliable transit throughout the region by tripling the number of people within a half mile of transit, with even larger increases among people of color, seniors, and low-income individuals
  • Addressing traffic congestion by making more efficient use of the road and highway system through managed lanes and other strategies
  • Improving local roads and safety with investments that enhance local infrastructure and increase protections for people who walk and bike
  • Reducing carbon pollution and improving air quality by reducing per capita GHG emissions from cars and light duty trucks to 20% below 2005 levels by 2035, exceeding the region’s state mandated target of 19%
  • Equitably increasing access to jobs and education with faster and closer transit connections that allow more people to arrive at higher education destinations and major employment centers within 30 minutes

The SANDAG virtual open houses will give local residents the opportunity to ask questions, hear from SANDAG Board Members and staff about the benefits of the draft 2021 Regional Plan, how the plan was created, and next steps.

The informational open houses will be hosted on Zoom and registration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to join the meeting focused closest to their residence:

North County Coastal

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

County Unincorporated

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

South County

 Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

East County

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

North County Inland 

Monday, June 28, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

Central San Diego 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

*Spanish interpretation will be provided at every meeting

Public comments on the draft 2021 Regional Plan can be submitted through July 30:

The SANDAG open houses will be followed by virtual public hearings at upcoming SANDAG Board of Directors and Transportation Committee meetings in July.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to participate in SANDAG meetings. If such assistance is required, please contact the Clerk of the Board at ClerkoftheBoard@sandag.org or at (619) 699-1985, at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To request this document or related reports in an alternative format, please call (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-1905 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

To learn more, visit SDForward.com

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