Near-Term Action - Regional Military Base Multimodal Access Strategy

The San Diego region is home to the largest concentration of military forces in the country, employing over 100,000 active-duty military personnel and approximately 25,000 civilians. The military presence generates significant positive economic impacts on the region while also creating considerable vehicular traffic congestion at key base and port access points. Today, most military personnel and civilians accessing the region's military bases and the Port of San Diego drive alone. With increasing population and the national defense’s "Pivot to the Pacific," congestion is projected to worsen unless more sustainable transportation options are implemented. Traffic congestion at base and port access points impacts our national security, community livability, and climate change.

In collaboration with the San Diego Regional Military Working Group, SANDAG continues to pursue funding for a proposal to develop a San Diego Regional Military Multimodal Access Strategy which would identify multimodal transportation solutions facilitating access to military installations while reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.

The Strategy will assemble and prioritize a list of projects, operational improvements, and programs that could be implemented to address traffic congestion at key military base and port access points, providing travelers with options to driving alone. A primary goal is to facilitate access while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with SANDAG’s Regional Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. Bringing together the region’s military installations, adjacent local jurisdictions, the Port of San Diego, Caltrans, the region's transit operators, and SANDAG, the Strategy is intended to enhance planned regional transportation investments with supportive regional and local projects, operational improvements, and programs. Currently the Military Working Group is developing an inventory of encroachment issues for area installations to enhance its proposal for developing a military base access strategy.