SANDAG recommends phasing and funding modifications for
Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration have selected the Locally Preferred Alternative for I-5 in the North Coast Corridor. The Express Lanes Only option will add four Express or Managed Lanes from La Jolla Village Drive to Vandegrift Boulevard. The selection of this alternative for I-5 freed up $800 million in the Draft 2050 RTP in the 2030 - 2035 timeframe.
All major North County transportation projects including COASTER/LOSSAN double tracking, bridge replacement, express lanes, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and missing freeway connectors are scheduled to be completed by 2035 (with the approved phasing modification of the I-5/State Route 78 connectors).
SANDAG recommends allocating the $800 million toward regional transportation projects including: rail grade separations, transit enhancements, and the smart growth incentive program.
Additionally, funding was advanced for all I-5/SR 78 connectors and for the conversion of Phase 1 of the Mid-City Rapid Bus to a trolley line (Mid-City to downtown San Diego). The SANDAG Board of Directors approved the following phasing and funding modifications to be considered in the Final RTP:
Proposed Phasing Modification from 2050 to 2035
Proposed Funding Augmentation
Proposed Total Funding Augmentation: $800 million
Reports on Draft 2050 RTP modeling available
SANDAG has completed three modeling reports that demonstrate the effectiveness of the model used by SANDAG to prepare the Draft 2050 RTP.
These reports do not change the outcomes of the Draft 2050 RTP. These reports validate conclusions found in the Draft 2050 RTP.
Deadline for Draft EIR public comment period is August 1
Written comments regarding the adequacy of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Draft 2050 RTP/SCS must be received by August 1, 2011. Comments may be submitted online in English or Spanish. Or, comments may be addressed or emailed to: Rob Rundle, SANDAG, 401 B St., Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Draft EIR is available at www.sandag.org/2050rtp.
Elisa Arias, Principal Regional Planner