What’s next for the 2050 RTP?
A busy time is coming up as SANDAG works with community partners and the public to create the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a comprehensive blueprint for the evolution of the region’s transportation system in the coming decades.
The RTP looks farther into the future than ever before – 40 years – and for the first time will include a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Mandated by California Senate Bill 375, the purpose of the SCS is to create a scenario for the growth of the region and its transportation system that will lead to per capita reductions in greenhouse gas emissions using targets set by the California Air Resources Board. Rather than continuing to expand into the shrinking open space to the east of our urban area, this new view calls for making room for our growing population in transportation corridors within the urban core and creating vibrant centers where people have a variety of transportation choices. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2050 RTP is being prepared. Preservation of open space, protection of water resources, and improvement of our air quality are an integral part of the 2050 RTP.
The next nine months will be full of activity for the Draft 2050 RTP and its SCS and EIR. Community members interested in providing input and feedback to the Draft 2050 RTP and its SCS and EIR should make note of the following key dates and time frames:
Heather Adamson, Senior Regional Planner