Continuing Action – Apply social equity and environmental justice considerations

Transit, freeways, and other transportation infrastructure may have a significant effect on the quality of life for a region’s residents by shaping access to jobs, education, housing, services, and recreational opportunities. Achieving social equity in the development of a comprehensive transportation system is vital to the sustainability goals for the region. It requires making investments that provide everyone— regardless of age, race, color, national origin, income, or physical ability—with opportunities to work, shop, study, be healthy, and play.

In developing the Regional Transportation Plan, SANDAG conducts outreach and seeks input from everyone in the San Diego region. SANDAG realizes, however, that certain populations, particularly Disadvantaged Populations, can be harder to reach due to lack of representation, language barriers, limited resources, and other factors.

With each iteration of the plan, SANDAG convenes—through a competitive process—a Partner Network of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) from the most disadvantaged communities in the region to ensure that social equity issues are woven into the design and development of the 2021 Regional Plan. SANDAG used CalEnviroscreen 3.0 to identify these communities.

The CBO Partner Network collaborates with SANDAG on two levels. First, at a policy level, the 12 selected organizations in the network form the 2021 Regional Plan Community-Based Organizations Working Group to provide input on all social equity considerations for the development of the 2021 Regional Plan as well as other regionwide issues of concern. At a technical level, the 12 organizations are tasked with educating their communities on the development of the 2021 Regional Plan and facilitating input to the 2021 Regional Plan from their communities.