San Diego’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by fundamentally changing the way residents get to work could be irrelevant before it’s even adopted.
And the two politicians who’ve pushed it hardest – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman Todd Gloria – could cast votes that render it moot.
The city is expected to adopt its Climate Action Plan before the end of the year. That plan seeks to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035, in part by getting 50 percent of people who live near high-quality transit stations to walk, bike or take transit to work.
But the San Diego Association of Governments says those numbers are far-fetched, based on an analysis of how people are likely to commute in 2035 that it conducted as part of the long-term transportation plan its board is expected to adopt next month. The regional planning agency’s board includes elected officials from across the county, and its transportation plan outlines bus, light rail, bike, road and highway projects throughout the region in the coming decades.