By Miriam Raftery
August 29, 2014 (El Cajon)—You and your neighbors are invited to discuss access to safe, efficient and affordable transportation options. What are your transportation needs and priorities? How can you influence transportation planning decisions?
A community meeting on these issues is planned for Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Prescott Promenade Park, 201 East Main Street in El Cajon. Dinner will be provided and Spanish translation is available. (View flyer) This event is organized by a coalition that includes the Environmental Health Coalition, Cleveland National Forest Foundation, MAAC, and City Heights Community Development Corporation. The groups observe that transportation justice increases transportation access, improves public health and safety, and ensures equity for all.
In addition, a petition has been launched calling on local elected officials and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to support transportation justice and adopt a regional transportation plant that:
- Builds public transit and biking/walking infrastructure projects first, postponing any freeway expansion until this network is fully operational
- Develops transportation options that reduces vehicle miles traveled, reduces air pollution, and reduces climate change causing greenhouse gases
- Reduces the risk of being hit by a car through improved bike/walk infrastructure, improves speed and frequency of transit, and maintains affordable prices
- Prioritizes improving transit and bike/walk infrastructure in overburdened communities
To learn more ways that you can help, such as visiting public officials, collecting stories of local residents and gathering petition signatures, see the Transportation Justice Solidarity statement here and visit www.transitsandiego.org