Creating Transportation Choices

San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan includes a detailed blueprint for how we will invest in our transportation system in ways that maintain our quality of life in the future while also protecting the environment.

It starts with a careful look at where we live, work, and play – and how best to create transportation choices for getting from one to the other. It’s about more than roads – the transportation network in San Diego Forward includes transit, bikeways pedestrian paths, and highway improvements, all working together to increase our mobility.

The first step toward creating a vision for the future of our transportation system was to develop an “Unconstrained Transportation Network” – essentially, all the transportation projects that would help meet our region’s mobility demands through 2050, without considering how much they might cost or where the funds will come from to pay for them. 

The projects in the Unconstrained Transportation Network were then prioritized using the Transportation Project Evaluation Criteria. These criteria are aligned with the vision and goals for San Diego Forward and provided a way to measure the projects in the Unconstrained Transportation Network so that they could be prioritized. SANDAG developed the criteria with input from the public, and they were subjected to a peer review by a panel of transportation experts.

After the projects were prioritized, they were put together in various combinations – or networks – so that the potential improvements could be compared to each other in the context of how they might actually be built. Called “Revenue Constrained Transportation Networks,” these groups of projects are limited by the revenues that we expect to have for transportation projects through 2050. Each of these networks was evaluated against Transportation Performance Measures to see how well they met our transportation goals. The SANDAG Board of Directors took all of this information – technical review and public input – into consideration. Based on that input, the Board directed the staff to create a third network, which the Board then selected as the preferred Revenue Constrained Transportation Network for inclusion in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.