If there’s one thing proponents and opponents of the San Diego Association of Governments’ 40-year transportation blueprint agree on, it’s the idea that transit needs to be understood from the broadest possible perspective.
But from that wide-view lens a 40-year, $200 billion plan feels more like a theoretical exercise, not a reinvention of the way we move about the region.
So we decided to visualize some specific, major projects included in SANDAG’s 2050 plan, which suffered a legal blow recently when a judge ruled it violates state law.
Regional planners cautioned that some of the projects in the plan’s later years — such as a new trolley line stretching from Pacific Beach to El Cajon — are so far from becoming a reality that they don’t even have specific routes yet. There’s a rough idea of which neighborhoods the trolley line will service, which lines it’ll cross and how it fits into the grand context of a comprehensive network, but the details end there.