Regional Vision

We’re working to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region by creating a transportation system that is faster, fairer, and cleaner than ever before.

A Vision for Faster, Fairer, and Cleaner Transportation in the San Diego Region (En Español)

A Bold New Vision | SANDAG Spotlight

The future of the San Diego region —how we grow, how we connect people and places, how we protect the environment, and provide opportunity for all—are critical challenges we’re addressing in SANDAG’s draft 2021 Regional Plan, with input from broad-based, diverse communities. We’re leveraging our extensive, data-driven expertise to develop innovative solutions to create a world-class transportation system that will be more efficient, accessible, and sustainable. The result is a plan that will preserve and enhance the quality of life for everyone in our region for generations to come.

How was the vision developed?

SANDAG developed the vision for the 2021 Regional Plan using a data-driven approach that analyzed where people live and work, how they get around, what transportation infrastructure exists, what is needed to support future growth, and more. Feedback from residents, employers, and stakeholders across the San Diego region identified transportation challenges. We analyzed the data collected and used innovative planning techniques to identify solutions that would provide the region with faster, more equitable, environmentally sustainable ways of getting around.

For more details, view the Vision for the 2021 Regional Plan Network Development Summary Report

Proposed projects

Explore projects in the vision through our interactive map (English | Español). This tool shares the data-driven development process and illustrates proposed transportation improvements, such as Mobility Hub locations, Transit Leap services, and more.

Policies and programs

To support the physical and digital infrastructure of the 2021 Regional Plan, a set of policies and programs will be a necessary component to achieve regional goals. These proposed policy and program areas are being considered in development of the 2021 Regional Plan and would supplement those that are already in place. 

What are the requirements for the Regional Plan?

The 2021 Regional Plan must comply with specific state and federal mandates, including a Sustainable Communities Strategy (per California Senate Bill 375) that achieves greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set by the California Air Resources Board, compliance with federal civil rights requirements (Title VI), environmental justice considerations, air quality conformity, and public participation. Meeting these requirements is necessary to maintain compliance with laws and protect our region’s eligibility for vital funding sources.

What are the upcoming milestones?

The draft 2021 Regional Plan was circulated for public and policymaker review and comment from May 28 to July 30, 2021. The draft Environmental Impact Report is anticipated to be released for public review and comment on August 27, 2021.

The SANDAG Board of Directors will be asked to adopt the 2021 Regional Plan in late 2021. Once adopted, it will become the region’s long-term plan to be implemented incrementally through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP).

View the SANDAG Board-approved action plan for more about the decision to develop a new vision