Statement: “Seventy-five percent of transportation funding in the next five years will go to transit, up from 50 percent in the last five years,” said Councilman Todd Gloria, in a statement touting his support of the San Diego Association of Government’s 30-year transportation plan.
Determination: A Stretch
Analysis: For politicians supporting the region’s new 30-year transportation plan, there was a common explanation: The plan spends most of its money on transit, not highways. And as a region we’re gradually moving away from highway building as our primary transportation solution.
It was particularly voiced in response to concerns from environmental and other transit groups who allege the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, hadn’t done enough in its blueprint to build out a transit system across the county that would make commuting without a car a viable option, and decrease the county’s carbon footprint.
“So from the last (regional plan), where half of the dollars went to public transit, under this proposal three quarters of the dollars go to public transit and active transportation,” said San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, who is on SANDAG’s board, at the hearing last month when the plan was unanimously approved.
Gloria has been a vocal proponent of making the region more transit-focused. He proposed a citywide plan that would do just that, and he joked that he was hesitant to point out just how transit-friendly the SANDAG plan is, because some of the board’s more suburban members wish it was tilted the other way.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Unfortunately funding ratios are not good surrogates forthe distribution of travel the public demonstrates it wants and needs.
For nearly 30 years, San Diego has been spending 1/3rd the total transportation budget for mass transit. But never has the mass transit overall share, including peak period surge, gotten to 2%. With very optimistic rider projections, the Plan to 2050 being discussed, would be 2.7%. Funding goes to nearly50% .Purpose for the elaborate layout is access largely for non-drivers.
Meanwhile with cleaner cars, the Region's priority, reduction in fuel and GHG emissions, road support is about 20 times more cost effective.
So why this tempest in the teapot over mass transit construction schedules?
Meanwhile, On-Call personal service direct to destination is expanding, Lyft,Uber,etc, It provides doorstep access.
@William Charles Are you willing to pay for those lanes 100% out of gas taxes and other user fees instead of only 50%?
@William Charles Why should we be forced to drive? We need more options.
Kudos to Todd Gloria for only stretching the truth this time. For a politician of Gloria's ilk a stretch is as close as they will ever come to the truth. This Councilperson just doesn't feel comfortable without a lie on his lips.