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Local agencies want your input on North County transportation


San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans (the state transportation department) want your input on how these agencies can create a “comprehensive set of safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation solutions that will make it faster, safer, and easier to travel through North County.”

This effort is called the Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP.) The North County study area is one of the first highway corridors prioritized by the SANDAG board. It includes Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido and unincorporated North County.

SANDAG and Caltrans invite you to attend a virtual public meeting on July 8, 6:30-8 p.m. and to take a survey that they have up.

To attend visit: 

us02web.zoom.us/j/89013239678

Or telephone: (669) 900-9128

Webinar ID: 890 1323 9678

They are also sending out this email: “SANDAG and Caltrans are setting priorities for transportation improvements in North County San Diego and we need your input!

SANDAG and Caltrans are working with local stakeholders and the public to improve North County’s transportation system. We’re studying ways to reduce traffic congestion, support climate action initiatives, and generate more clean transportation choices. These efforts will increase access to the corridor for all who live in, work in, or visit North County. At our upcoming meeting, you can:

“Learn more about the North County Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan

Provide feedback on transportation needs and opportunities for North County

Participate in a Q&A with project team members.”

Participants can provide real time input on transportation needs and opportunities in North County and speak with project team members about major transportation facilities including the Sprinter light rail between the Oceanside and Escondido transit centers, the SR 78/I-15 interchange, the western portions of State Route 76 (SR 76), and the Inland Rail Trail bike path between Oceanside and Escondido.

Times-Advocate readers can find the survey here:

Survey – metroquestsurvey.com/13f0 (English) and metroquestsurvey.com/kk3u3j (Spanish).

Originally the survey was to remain up until April 30, but they have extended that.

Virtual Engagement Hub – sandag.mysocialpinpoint.com/northcounty / sandag.mysocialpinpoint.com/northcountyespanol

The North County Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan virtual engagement hub is a one-stop shop to learn more about the project and stay up-to-date on surveys and public meetings. With its interactive map feature, you can provide specific feedback using virtual pins on a map of the North County study area. 

Caltrans’ project manager for North County Corridors Kareem Scarlett, told The Times-Advocate, “We’ve been getting increased interest in our survey so we’ve decided to keep it open. At this time we have not compiled the results.”

Scarlett said this is relevant to the two agencies “taking the Big Five Moves concept and making them real projects on the ground.”

The “Big Five Moves,” is strategy developed by SANDAG that include:

Complete Corridors (multimodal roads)

Transit Leap (fast and flexible transit)

Mobility Hubs (connection Points)

Flexible Fleets (First and last mile options)

Next OS (OS standing for Operating System)

“The July 8 public meeting is the way for us to share some of the information we have gathered so far as respect to study areas and travel behaviors,” said Scarlett. “We also have a social pinpoint website which allows folks to drop in comments on a map to talk about issues within their community.”

The survey, which has been up for about four months, has gotten 1,030 responses and 49 Social Pinpoint  comments so far. 

Scarlett added, “Our hope is to pique a little more interest so we can get a larger following in the meeting. Over one thousand comments is good for a survey but for an area with 600,000 people, if we can get some more participation it’s better.”

Scarlett added, “The way we see it the July 8 meeting is us sharing to the public on the study so far and doing public input gathering, polling and a question and answer session when questions can be asked and answered.”

SANDAG’s Project Manager and Senior Transit Planner Brian Lane also spoke to The Times-Advocate. “In the next three months we will be transitioning to show them all the things we have learned,” he said. “Let them know and ask them what is missing that is important to them to consider as we make proposed suggestions for transportation fixes. We aren’t ready to talk about specific proposals. This is a listening session, so that we capture the needs.”

Lane said they are looking at an August to September timeframe to produce a draft document. 

“At that time we will have another public meeting, once the draft hits the street,” said Scarlett. 

Lane added, “I think folks are confused between the regional plan and the corridor work. The regional plan won’t be decided until fall and winter but that doesn’t mean we can’t start moving them forward so we can start working on the planning. The better we can secure state and federal funding, so we can have nearly everything ready so we can apply for those grants.”

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