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2050 RTP/SCS/EIR enter final stages of review and adoption  


Progress continues on finalizing the landmark 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The RTP calls for $214 billion to be invested during the next 40 years in the San Diego region that will integrate the transportation system, transform the transit network, and create sustainable communities. The 2050 RTP and its SCS demonstrate that the Plan meets state greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets while proposing to preserve more than half of the region's land as open space; create 156 new miles of trolley services; add 130 miles of Express Lanes to facilitate carpools, vanpools, and premium bus service; and dedicate $3.8 billion for bicycle and pedestrian projects.


The final documents for the 2050 RTP/SCS and its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are being prepared and will be presented to the SANDAG Board of Directors at its meeting on Oct. 28, 2011. The Board will be asked to certify the final EIR prepared for the 2050 RTP/SCS; make a finding that the 2050 RTP and the 2010 Regional Transportation Improvement Program, as amended, are in conformance with the State Implementation Plan for air quality; make a finding that the SCS achieves the GHG emission reduction targets established by the California Air Resources Board; and adopt the final 2050 RTP/SCS.
The Board also will hold a public hearing during the Oct. 28 Board meeting to adopt the final Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Plan for the fifth housing element cycle (January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2020), which includes the RHNA Methodology and Allocation.
The public outreach, comment, and review periods for the 2050 RTP/SCS/EIR have spanned more than two and a half years, from February 2009 through October 2011. SANDAG received more than 4,000 public comments on the Draft 2050 RTP and its SCS from more than 1,500 different contributors. The comments received covered the following broad issues: advancing transportation projects; support for/opposition to transportation modes and specific projects; comments on the SCS and SB 375; modeling and other technical issues; and funding. In addition, SANDAG received 22 letters of comment on the Draft 2050 RTP/SCS EIR, including four letters that were received after the comment period deadline. Responses to the Draft EIR comments will be posted at www.sandag.org/2050rtp on Oct. 18 and will be provided with the final EIR and presented to the Board of Directors at its Oct. 28 meeting.
An update on the 2050 RTP/SCS/EIR adoption schedule will be presented to the Board of Directors at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. The meeting will be held at SANDAG, 401 B St., 7th floor, in downtown San Diego. If you can't make it to the meeting, you may listen live via a link on www.sandag.org. The final documents for the 2050 RTP/SCS will be posted online on Oct. 18 in advance of the Board meeting at www.sandag.org/2050rtp.


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