State Supreme Court to review transportation plan

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The state Supreme Court agreed to review an appellate court ruling that the San Diego Association of Government’s 40-year transportation plan did not meet requirements for reducing greenhouse emissions Thursday.

The SANDAG’s 2050 plan, which called for $214 billion in transportation investments was finalized in 2011.

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation and other environmental groups are challenging the environmental impact report in court, contending the plan prioritizes freeway expansion over public transportation.

In November of 2014, a three-judge appellate panel split 2-1 against SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan, saying the environmental impact report needed more analysis.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to grant review is a key step forward to help clarify state law on greenhouse gas emissions,” SANDAG Chairman Jack Dale said. “The appellate court decision left agencies throughout the state with questions on what standards to apply. We are hopeful the court will help resolve the confusion.”

The state Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will hear arguments regarding the transportation plan’s environmental impact.

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