Creating Transportation Choices

San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, once complete, will include 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.

Our transportation network is also influenced by different technologies. We may not know the complete impact of certain emerging technologies on our travel behaviors and associated land uses, environment, or economy, but the 2019 Regional Plan will begin to explore, even more so than in our past plans, how our network may be impacted by technologies like connected and autonomous vehicles, for example.

The first step toward creating a vision for the future of our transportation system is 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.

Next, the projects will be 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 are expected for transportation projects through 2050. Each of these networks will be evaluated against Transportation Performance Measures to see how well they met our transportation goals. Based on a technical review as well as public input, the Board will take action to select a preferred Revenue Constrained Transportation Network for inclusion in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.