Outreach effort underway for Southeastern San Diego
The first of a series of community meetings was held March 5 to jumpstart the planning for a transit center in Southeastern San Diego that will link the 47th Street Trolley Station with a planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along I-805.
Held at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, the kickoff meeting for the project’s working group drew residents and representatives from local businesses and community groups. SANDAG staff introduced the project, solicited public input, and answered questions.
SANDAG is spearheading the I-805/47th Street Station Area Planning, with support from the City of San Diego and City Council President Anthony Young’s office.
The proposed multi-modal transit center will be a key stop for the planned BRT, which will run along the I-805 corridor between the Otay Mesa border crossing and University City/Sorrento Mesa via Chula Vista, National City, Southeastern San Diego, Mid-City, and Kearny Mesa.
Linking the Trolley and the I-805 BRT service at the 47th Street station will improve the regional public transit system, as well as provide vital connections for the Southeastern San Diego community to major employment centers.
The project working group was put together in cooperation with Council President Young’s office. The 15-member body includes residents, representatives from community planning groups, community-based organizations, local businesses, and other stakeholders. The group will meet regularly at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. It will assist in the development and evaluation of alternative station designs in conjunction with SANDAG, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and the City of San Diego.
TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation, is paying for the planning. Once alternatives and associated costs have been determined, the project will be eligible to compete for additional local, state, and federal funds.
The goal is to conduct the initial study of alternatives in 2012-2013 and obtain environmental clearance for the preferred alternative in 2014-2015.
To learn more about the I-805 BRT/47th Street Trolley Station project, visit www.sandag.org/47thstreet.
Danielle Kochman, Associate Transportation Planner