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 2016-2020 Coordinated Plan was most recently approved by the SANDAG Transportation Committee in July 2016. Through the regional planning process and an analysis of the demographic changes expected to occur in the region between now and 2050, SANDAG has identified the need for a long-term specialized transportation implementation strategy in order to identify projects, programs, and needs for seniors and persons with disabilities out to the Regional Plan’s horizon year of 2050.

SANDAG is working 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 set the stage for a long-term Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan to be incorporated in the 2018 biennial update of the Coordinated Plan.

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

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

A Peer Review Workshop was held at SANDAG in May 2018 with representatives from various transit agencies across the country providing feedback and guidance on the draft strategies being developed. Draft Strategies were further developed in preparation to present to the SANDAG Transportation Committee in January 2019.