Near-Term Action - Specialized Transportation Strategy

The SANDAG Coordinated Plan provides a five-year blueprint for the implementation of public transit and social service transportation concepts described in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. That blueprint includes a regional strategy to provide transportation to recognized transportation-disadvantaged groups such as seniors, individuals with disabilities, and persons of limited means.

The short-range plan described above is updated every other year. The 2018 Coordinated Plan was adopted by the SANDAG Transportation Committee in July 2018, and development of the 2020 Coordinated Plan is currently underway.

Through the regional planning process and analysis of the regional demographic changes expected to occur between now and 2050, SANDAG has identified the need for a long-term specialized transportation implementation strategy to identify projects, programs, and needs for seniors and persons with disabilities through the Regional Transportation Plan’s horizon year of 2050.

SANDAG worked closely with the region’s transit operators, the Consolidated Transportation Services Agency, and specialized transportation providers to research and gather input on specialized transportation services available in the San Diego region, understand the existing resources available, identify opportunities to leverage resources, and develop a long-term Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan to be incorporated in the 2020 biennial update of the Coordinated Plan.

SANDAG and its consultant team produced two working papers regarding this research project:

  • Peer Review and Industry Best Practices
  • Specialized Transportation Inventory, Needs Assessment, and Identification of Gaps.

In May 2018, a Peer Review Workshop was held at SANDAG for representatives from various transit agencies across the country to provide feedback and guidance on the draft strategies being developed. Draft Strategies were further developed and presented to the SANDAG Transportation Committee on January 18, 2019. The final Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan was completed in January 2020