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SANDAG Board adopts 2050 RTP/SCS/EIR


After more than two years of work and extensive public input, the SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), as well as certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2050 RTP/SCS, at its Oct. 28, 2011, meeting. Other related Board actions include 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; a finding that the SCS achieves the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets established by the California Air Resources Board; and adopting the final Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Plan for the fifth housing element cycle (January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2020).


More than 200 community members turned out at the meeting to weigh in on the landmark 40-year plan, which serves as the blueprint for a regional transportation system that further enhances our quality of life, promotes sustainability, and offers more mobility options for people and goods. Looking 40 years ahead, another 1.25 million residents will live in our region, a half a million new jobs will be added to the workforce, and nearly 400,000 new homes will be built. The RTP envisions most of these new jobs and homes situated in environmentally sustainable communities that are more conducive to walking and bicycling. They also will have more access to public transit. The path toward living more sustainably is to focus housing and job growth in urbanized areas where there is existing and planned transportation infrastructure, to protect sensitive habitat and open space, to invest in a transportation network that provides residents and workers with transportation options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to implement the RTP through incentives and collaboration.
While SANDAG has been updating regional transportation plans for many years, the 2050 RTP is unique in that it covers an unprecedented 40 years and includes a new SCS, now required by state law. The San Diego region was the first in the state to comply with this new law, bringing a lot of attention locally, statewide, and nationally. The 2050 RTP lays out a plan for investing an estimated $214 billion in local, state, and federal transportation funds. The largest proportion of the funds will go toward transit, which will receive 36 percent of the funds in the first 10 years, with 34 percent going to highway improvements (largely for the addition of high occupancy vehicle lanes to existing freeway corridors to support transit services, carpools, and vanpools), and 21 percent to local roads and streets. The percentage dedicated to transit will grow each decade, up to 44 percent from 2021 to 2030, 47 percent in the third decade, and 57 percent the last decade of the plan. The RTP stimulates $4.4 billion annually in projected regional economic output, creates 35,600 jobs per year in the San Diego region, and calls for equitable distribution of investments throughout the region.
To request a free DVD of the documents, please call (619) 699-1900, e-mail 2050rtp@sandag.org, or stop by SANDAG. Printed copies of the documents also are available for purchase. Cost is as follows:
  • 2050 RTP/SCS (chapters and appendices) = $90
  • 2050 RTP/SCS Final EIR = $115
  • 2050 RTP/SCS Final EIR Appendix G (comments and responses) = $60
  • Spanish 2050 RTP/SCS Executive Summary = First five copies free; $2 for every copy thereafter  
When making your request, please be sure to include your name, mailing address, and a contact telephone number or e-mail in case we need to follow up with you regarding the mailing.


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