Developing the 2021 Regional Plan

San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan (2021 Regional Plan) is the long-term blueprint for the San Diego region that seeks to meet regulatory requirements, address traffic congestion, and create equal access to jobs, education, healthcare, and other community resources. Since the Regional Plan must be updated every four years, we have an opportunity to reassess how we plan for the region’s future based on new population and economic growth forecasts, laws, and trends in technology. 

What is the vision for the 2021 Regional Plan?

The vision for the future of transportation in the San Diego region reimagines how people and goods move in the 21st century. SANDAG is applying key strategies—known as the 5 Big Moves—to envision a balanced transportation network that gets you where you need to go quicker and easier, increases access to opportunity, and meets state greenhouse gas emissions mandates. The result is a comprehensive vision that leverages technology to create a safe, adaptable, and socially equitable transportation ecosystem that responds to the unique needs of the wonderfully diverse communities throughout our region. This vision provides a framework for the 2021 Regional Plan.


Proposed Projects

Explore projects in the vision through our interactive map (English | Español). This tool shares the data-driven development process and illustrates proposed transportation improvements, such as Mobility Hub locations, Transit Leap services, and more.

Policies and Programs

To support the physical and digital infrastructure of the 2021 Regional Plan, a set of policies and programs will be a necessary component to achieve regional goals. These proposed policy and program areas are being considered in development of the 2021 Regional Plan and would supplement those that are already in place. 

How was the vision developed?

SANDAG developed the vision using a data-driven approach that analyzed where people live and work, how they get around, what transportation infrastructure exists, what is needed to support future growth, and more. Feedback from residents, employers, and stakeholders across the San Diego region identified transportation challenges. We analyzed the data collected and used innovative planning techniques to identify solutions that would provide the region with faster, more equitable, environmentally sustainable ways of getting around.

For more details, view the Vision for the 2021 Regional Plan Network Development Summary Report

What are the requirements for the Regional Plan?

The 2021 Regional Plan must comply with specific state and federal mandates, including a Sustainable Communities Strategy (per California Senate Bill 375) that achieves greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set by the California Air Resources Board, compliance with federal civil rights requirements (Title VI), environmental justice considerations, air quality conformity, and public participation. Meeting these requirements is necessary to maintain compliance with laws and protect our region’s eligibility for vital funding sources.

What are the upcoming milestones?

On Friday, August 7, 2020, at a joint meeting of the SANDAG Transportation, Regional Planning, and Borders Committees, staff presented the data-driven process used to develop the transportation vision for the San Diego region. On Friday, August 14, 2020, staff presented the vision to the Board of Directors, followed by a panel discussion with SANDAG staff experts.

The vision will guide upcoming work to determine the ultimate transportation network for the 2021 Regional Plan. In fall 2020, key policies and programs to be considered as part of the vision will be presented to SANDAG policymakers. Additionally, work to determine what the region can reasonably afford over the next 30 years leading up to 2050 will continue.

In late 2020, the transportation network will undergo analysis and the necessary environmental review process to ensure it achieves the plan’s mobility and environmental goals. The draft 2021 Regional Plan and its draft Environmental Impact Report are expected to be released for public and policymaker review in spring 2021.

The SANDAG Board of Directors will be asked to adopt the 2021 Regional Plan in fall 2021. Once adopted, it will become the region’s current long-term plan to be implemented incrementally through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). The RTIP plans for and allocates funding for near-term project implementation on a rolling five-year basis. Like the Regional Plan, SANDAG is required by state and federal laws to adopt an RTIP no less than every four years.

View the SANDAG Board-approved action plan for more about the decision to develop a new vision

What type of investment will the vision require?

Implementation of the vision for the 2021 Regional Plan would require an estimated investment of $177 billion ($2020)–this estimate includes physical infrastructure, operational costs, improvements on local streets, and sets aside funding for grant programs for local jurisdictions to jump start work on Mobility Hubs and support implementation of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. Cost estimates were developed in consultation with industry experts and partner agencies, including Caltrans, MTS, and NCTD. A more detailed investment strategy will be prepared through early 2021 as the transportation network for the draft 2021 Regional Plan is refined and phased for implementation through 2050.

How can my community and I be involved in developing this plan?

The 2021 Regional Plan will be our region’s collective vision for the future. SANDAG is committed to engaging a broad and diverse cross-section of the San Diego region during plan development.

For more information about opportunities to get involved, view the Community Input page and calendar of events or subscribe to receive email updates. You can also comment online using this form (English | Español) or email