Transportation

Peninsula Community Plan

 

San Diego will benefit from a transportation system that is dependable and environmentally friendly: a network that is reliable and not prone to breakdowns at peak periods.

Our airport exceeds guidelines of its negotiated Conditional Use Permit every day. Our Metropolitan Transit Service amounts to a cobbled together system of expensive parts that has never met its own mobility goals, not when our population was half a million, when public transportation was viewed only as an alternative to owning an automobile for children, Hispanic housekeepers and the elderly. Not today, with a population that is six times the number imagined by SANDAG planners in the 1950s and now serving different needs. However, MTS is an out-dated technology; a quaint and highly dangerous interruption of pedestrian traffic between “Gaslamp” and the Convention Center.

Rideshare services, principally, Uber and Lyft, are now filling in part of the gap in our transportation network but, besides placing more cars on over-crowded roads, this modern form of the “jitney” and “publico” (public car) isn’t cost effective for most commuters that own cars and Uber has the drawback of creating a new class of employees that work dangerous jobs and hours for minimum wage, without health, retirement, workplace protections, sick pay and other safeguards that are typically required of employers.

General Plan Law and the Community Plan process is where communities can address their real needs and, with the power and ability of an organized town council of representatives, put forward proposal for transportation infrastructure that supports their needs. They may also form alliances and work out solutions with other communities in furtherance of such objectives. Town councils are essential for communities to successfully take on this kind of task without having to form a new municipal jurisdiction.