SD Explained: Improving the Worst Place for Transit Development

Officials have long envisioned a blueprint for San Diego centered on public transportation. So-called transit-oriented development is included in all of San Diego’s planning documents, imagining a future where homes, businesses and infrastructure are built around public transit stations.

The thought is: The more stuff there is near bus stops and trolley stations, the more people will use it. And the environment would ultimately benefit since that would mean fewer people driving cars.

Last month, SANDAG approved a regional plan to encourage more transit-oriented development, but critics say the strategy actually does little to ensure that kind of development happens.

San Diego consistently ranks near the bottom when it comes to transit evaluations. In fact, San Diego County’s Gillespie Field trolley station was ranked the worst in the state when it comes to the development around it.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7’s Monica Dean visit the county’s worst trolley station and dive deeper into what transit-oriented development is and why it’s important.

A recent study from the University of California at Berkeley slammed San Diego for poor planning around its trolley stops, even naming a station in El Cajon the worst in the state. In this week’s San Diego Explained, Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan explain why transit-oriented development is important.
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