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San DIEGO MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT OUTLINES MOST NEEDED TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS TO SUPPORT SAN DIEGO’S AND CALIFORNIA’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATES THEIR FUNDING STATUS

 

A new report that outlines the 125 transportation projects most needed to support California’s and the San Diego region’s future development will be released on Wednesday, May 11. Local transportation advocates will be available throughout the day for media interviews.  The report is being released by TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC.

The TRIP report, “Project Green Light:  Moving California’s Critical Transportation Improvements Forward,” will rank the 20 most needed transportation improvements in the San Diego area as well as other needed transportation improvements in California, including projects to operate, maintain, build, expand or modernize roads, highways, bridges, mass transit systems, rail, bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  These improvements, which were selected by TRIP, would enhance development throughout the region and the state by increasing personal and commercial mobility, easing congestion, improving safety and conditions and enhancing California’s desirability as a place to live, visit and do business.

But the report finds that most of the critically needed projects in the San Diego area, as well as elsewhere in California, lack adequate funding to proceed, resulting in the projects receiving either a yellow or red light.  TRIP has rated each needed transportation improvement as either having a green light, a yellow light or a red light in terms of the availability of funding.  A green light indicates that needing funding has been identified; a yellow light indicates that a project only has partial funding available; and a red light indicates that a project has little or no funding available.      
The report will be available at 9:30 a.m. on the TRIP website. The following contacts are available for interviews beginning at that time.

WHO:

Les Hopper, President
San Diego Transportation Development Association
619-823-8490

 

Edgar Camerino, Board Member & Past President
San Diego Transportation Development Association
619-871-3225

 

Erik Ruehr, Transportation Capacity & Mobility Task Force Chair
Institute of Transportation Engineers
858-361-7151

 

Rocky Moretti, Director of Research and Policy
TRIP

202-262-0714

CONTACT:

Rocky Moretti

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP)

202.262.0714 (cell)

703.801.9212 (cell)