Media Availability: Lawsuit Challenges SANDAG’s Flawed Transportation Plan

Media Availability

November 28, 2011

11:30 a.m.

Contact: Severn Williams, (510) 336-9566

sev@publicgoodpr.com

Lawsuit Challenges San Diego Governments’ Flawed Transportation Plan

Sprawl-oriented Plan Would Increase Pollution, Worsen Climate Change,

Ignore Need for Public Transit

WHAT: Media availability regarding the filing of a lawsuit challenging SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. The Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity will file a lawsuit on Monday, November 28th in the San Diego Superior Court against the San Diego Association of Governments.

WHO:Duncan McFetridge, Jack Shu, and Murtaza Baxamusa, AICP

Representatives of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation

WHERE: San Diego Amtrak Station
1050 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Patio at South end of train station next to outdoor fountain
Cross streets: Kettner and Broadway
Look for some holding “Transit First” sign

WHEN: Monday, November 28, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

WHY: SANDAG approved its $200 billion transportation plan on Oct. 28. The plan invests primarily in expanding and extending regional freeways, which will promote sprawl and reinforce the region’s dependence on expensive, car-oriented transportation. Plaintiffs cite growing concerns about climate change, an unaddressed need for livable, transit-oriented communities, and declining air quality in the region.

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