2050 RTP/SCS Comments for CNFF, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and SOFAR

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

Today, SANDAG is poised to commit San Diego County to spending $214 billion over 40 years on a long-term Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The municipal agency, the board of which is comprised of elected officials from across the county, has been tasked per SB 375 to establish a Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Dubbed the 2050 RTP/SCS, the plan is intended to meet the transportation needs of the growing population while meeting carbon reduction targets over the course of the plan.

Unfortunately, as written, SANDAG has prioritized the same sprawl-inducing planning practices that have caused our traffic congestion, compromised air quality, and unsustainable land use by prioritizing funding highway infrastructure, ensuring our chronic traffic, human and environmental health problems will persist and worsen into the foreseeable future.

The joint letter submitted by CNFF and other prominent environmental groups, addressing the historical planning deficiencies, illegalities under applicable environmental laws, and numerous flaws in the complete plan can be found here:

2050RTPComments (3.6 MB PDF file)

Additional commentary from today’s San Diego Union Tribune – a piece submitted by Senator Jim Mills and CNFF Executive Director Duncan McFetridge: 2050 blueprint: Region must move away from auto-centric approach

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