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Comprehensive Transportation Projects

Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan

Every four years, SANDAG updates its long range regional transportation plan called San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The Regional Plan guides regional transportation investments out to the year 2050.

The most recently-adopted Regional Plan set forth several near-term actions, actions to be taken prior to the next Regional Plan update. One of the near-term actions is development of a long-term specialized transportation strategy through 2050 to address the increasing specialized service needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. This specialized transportation strategy will be incorporated into the Regional Plan update in 2021.

Every two years, SANDAG updates the Regional Short-Range Transit Plan and Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. The SANDAG Coordinated Plan provides a five-year blueprint for the implementation of public transit and social service transportation concepts described in 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.

SANDAG works closely with the region’s transit operators, the designated Consolidated Transportation Services Agency for San Diego County - Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT), and specialized transportation providers to research and gather input on transportation needs, manage local, state, and federal grant funding programs, and identify opportunities for coordination of specialized services. The Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan will assist these efforts by laying out a road map of short-, mid-, and long-term strategies that can be undertaken to improve the cost-effectiveness of specialized services for these agencies as well as improving the quality of service for users.

The Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan will:

- Identify transportation needs and current gaps in service

- Survey best practices for specialized transportation from other peer agencies nationwide

- Develop near- and long-term strategies for improving specialized transportation; and

- Incorporate study recommendations into the update of the Regional Plan.

Project Manager

Brian Lane, Senior Transit Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7331, Email:

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