Evaluating Projects

An update to the region’s overall transportation plan is included within San Diego Forward. That plan lays out how our regional transportation system – including major transit systems and highways – will grow over the next 35 years.

Determining exactly what additions we should make to our transportation system was a detailed process, where each possible project was evaluated for its potential to add more transportation choices to our system and improve our overall ability to move around the region. A set of 
Evaluation Criteria was developed to examine each project against our Vision and Goals, and each individual transportation project was ranked and prioritized based on the results of this evaluation. The complete description of the evaluation criteria is included as Appendix M to the Plan.

SANDAG developed these evaluation tools with input from the public. They also underwent a peer review process by a panel of transportation experts. The comparisons they provided helped the Board select a preferred network of transportation projects for inclusion in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.

Evaluation Criteria were developed for each of the five categories of projects:

After the individual projects were evaluated, they were then combined into several networks – combinations of projects that we could build in the future to create the most benefit. Those networks were then reviewed against a set of  Performance Measures to determine what combination of projects best met regional needs. The Performance Measures were developed to ensure our future transportation system is innovative, financially viable, and enhances our quality of life.

Innovative Mobility Planning:

The performance measures in this category looked at how long our commutes are, how much of that time is spent in traffic, and how many people are traveling by biking, walking, transit and carpooling. The measures also evaluated the ability of the scenario to improve safety.

Vibrant Economy:

The performance measures in this category examined how cost effective the scenarios are, and how financially sustainable they will be in the future. Each scenario’s costs versus benefits were examined. How many jobs will be generated? How cost-effective will the system be for the potential users?  How will the system help to facilitate efficient travel to neighboring counties, Mexico, tribal lands, and military installations?

Healthy Environment and Communities:

The performance measures in this category examined how effective each network would be at connecting us to the places we need to go. These measures also included a close look at how effective the networks would be at serving disadvantaged communities. Each scenario was assessed by identifying the percent of population and employment that will be near high frequency transit and bike facilities, as well as the accessibility the networks  would provide to jobs, schools, goods, and services, and how much physical activity could be achieved. This scenario also considered environmental indicators, including how much air pollution would be produced, and the amount of greenhouse gases that would be generated.

SANDAG developed these evaluation tools with input from the public. They also underwent a peer review process by a panel of transportation experts. The comparisons they provided helped the Board select a preferred network of transportation projects  for inclusion in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.