There are a lot of good things in SANDAG’s draft regional plan, the document that maps out our transportation system for the next 35 years. Unfortunately, they are scheduled to occur too late to create a world-class transportation system for the 21st century.
The good: The regional plan calls for increasing transit frequency so that trolley cars will arrive every seven minutes, up from the current 15 minute intervals. The plan contemplates a new trolley line linking Otay Mesa, up through the 805 and 15 corridors, to the jobs center in Sorrento Valley. These improvements will keep our streets from being congested while providing green, affordable and convenient transportation choices.
The bad: We shouldn’t have to wait so long to see this happen.
The major trolley improvements won’t occur until the second to last phase of SANDAG’s draft plan, ending in 2035. Plans outlining growth trends in our region show that transit is needed sooner to provide transportation to new and aging residents.