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SANDAG recommends phasing and funding modifications for Draft 2050 RTP


Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration have selected the Locally Preferred Alternative for Interstate 5 (I-5) in the North Coast Corridor. The Express Lanes Only option will add four Express or Managed Lanes from La Jolla Village Drive to Vandegrift Boulevard. The selection of this alternative for I-5 freed up $800 million in the Draft 2050 RTP in the 2030 - 2035 timeframe. All major North County transportation projects including COASTER/LOSSAN double tracking, bridge replacement, express lanes, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and missing freeway connectors are scheduled to be completed by 2035 (with the approved phasing modification of the I-5/State Route 78 connectors). SANDAG recommends allocating the $800 million toward regional transportation projects including: rail grade separations, transit enhancements, and the smart growth incentive program. Additionally, funding was advanced for all I-5/SR 78 connectors and for the conversion of Phase 1 of the Mid-City Rapid Bus to a trolley line (Mid-City to downtown San Diego). The SANDAG Board of Directors approved the following phasing and funding modifications to be considered in the Final RTP:
Proposed Phasing Modification from 2050 to 2035
  • Advance an estimated $300 million to $400 million for the I-5/SR 78 HOV and missing freeway connectors.
  • Advance an estimated $400 million to $500 million for the transition of the Mid-City Bus Rapid project to Light Rail Transit Phase 1 between downtown San Diego and Mid-City/State Route 15 Transit Plaza.  
Proposed Funding Augmentation
  • Rail Grade Separations: Additional $300 million for a Regional Rail Grade Separations Fund.
  • Safe Routes to Transit: Additional $200 million for Safe Routes to Transit improvements.
  • Smart Growth Incentive Program: Additional $300 million for the capital component of this program.    
Proposed Total Funding Augmentation: $800 million

Reports on Draft 2050 RTP modeling available


SANDAG has completed three modeling reports that demonstrate the effectiveness of the model used by SANDAG to prepare the Draft 2050 RTP.
  • The Off-Model Greenhouse Gas Reduction Methodology, which is reflected as an update to Technical Appendix 15 of the Draft 2050 RTP, documents the methodology used to estimate greenhouse gas emissions for several strategies included in the Draft 2050 RTP. http://www.sandag.org/uploads/2050RTP/TA15.pdf 
These reports do not change the outcomes of the Draft 2050 RTP. These reports validate conclusions found in the Draft 2050 RTP.

Deadline for Draft EIR public comment period is Aug. 1


Written comments regarding the adequacy of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Draft 2050 RTP/SCS must be received by Aug. 1, 2011. Comments may be submitted online in English or Spanish. Or, comments may be addressed or e-mailed to: Rob Rundle, SANDAG, 401 B St., Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101, rru@sandag.org. The Draft EIR is available at www.sandag.org/2050rtp.


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