Why should people of faith support equitable transportation infrastructure?
As leaders and clergy from many faith traditions, we share the mandate to care and protect all of Creation, to love our neighbors, and care for those most vulnerable. We need:
Future decisions based on equity
Transportation is a social justice issue that when structured inefficiently is a detriment to those who depend on it. People in underserved communities rely on public transportation to get to their jobs, to schools, and access basic necessities.
Improved overall quality of life
More efficient transit means a decrease in time spent commuting — especially important during this time of COVID-19. Peoples’ lives are impacted with more time away from family that could have been spent towards education or other employment opportunities.
Health of communities and our environment
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions not only helps in our efforts with climate change, but also benefits the health of the people living in our communities. Increased transit will reduce single-person vehicles, reducing air pollution-induced environmental injustice in San Diego.
Transportation Plan 2021
Every four years, SANDAG prepares a regional plan which addresses a variety of important land use and socioeconomic issues, one of which being how to create an efficient and more accessible transportation system. SANDAG is anticipating the transformation of the current transportation network through the 5 Big Moves.
What can we do?
Urge SANDAG to create a plan that prioritizes sustainability and equity in the region. Meet with the executive director of SANDAG, Hasan Ikharta on July 22 at 7 PM via Zoom. This is an opportunity for those interested in improving public transportation in San Diego to get informed and ask questions for clarity on the Transportation Plan.