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SANDAG leaders unveil bold vision for future of public transit in San Diego

Posted at 1:16 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 16:42:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Association of Governments unveiled Friday a bold new vision for the future of public transportation in San Diego.

The new vision is made up of what SANDAG calls “5 Big Moves” aimed at providing travelers with choices that compete with a car.

  • Complete Corridors: The backbone of new transportation systems will provide dedicated spaces for high-speed transit and other pooled services.
  • Transit Leap: High-speed transit services with routes that connect San Diegans to their homes and jobs quickly.
  • Mobility Hubs: Places where a variety of travel options converge to give travelers a smooth experience and provide numerous shared mobility services.
  • Flexible Fleets: Shared electric vehicles, including bikes and scooters that connect to transit and travel between mobility hubs.
  • Next Operating Service: The “brain” of the entire system which will provide an integrated and connected transportation network that gives commuters easy access to services.

Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of SANDAG, said the goal is to get more people to start ditching their cars and using mass transit to help reach the region’s environmental goals and create alternatives to transportation.

Several projects were pitched in the meeting full of mayors and elected officials from across San Diego. A few of the ideas include double tracking the COASTER commuter train, connecting the South Bay with the North County with a tunnel or above ground high-speed rail, and a tunnel from San Diego International Airport to Coronado.

SANDAG says a conceptual framework of all the projects, programs and policies will be available for public review and comment in late 2019.

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