Community leaders say SANDAG’s new TransNet vision will shelve highway safety improvements

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Kristin Gaspar, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and Santee City Councilwoman Laura Koval are spoke out against a San Diego Association of Governments plan to improve public transit infrastructure, which opponents say will come at the cost of planned highway improvements.

The community leaders claim  SANDAG’s executive director wants to steer TransNet funds to other mass transit programs, at the expense of promised road improvements such as road and safety improvements to SR-67.

“SR-67 between Ramona and Lakeside is not only considered dangerous to daily motorists, but it serves as a critical escape route during wildfire. Mass evacuations during the 2007 Witch Creek blaze turned the narrow, winding road into a parking lot, with traffic backed up for hours,” according to a release by Dianne Jacob’s office.

KUSI Contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson joined KUSI News to further discuss the battle over TransNet funds.

After controversy surrounding proposed new transit options from SANDAG MTS is doing its best to make the community feel involved in any future plans.

They are holding their first public forum asking community members for their help defining the future of transit in San Diego.

Mark Olson from MTS joined KUSI News to discuss more about what this meeting means.

A new survey says more than 50 percent of people who drive alone to work indicated that they would choose an alternative commute at least once per week under the right circumstances, according to findings from the 2018 Commute Behavior Survey.

For more information about the 2021 Regional Plan and 5 Big Moves to deliver a bold new transportation vision, please visit SDForward.com/Vision.

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