SANBAG Presents the Big Picture

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At its May 12, 210 meeting the Board of the San Bernardino Associated
Governments (a Council of Gvernments/planning entity) viewed a
remarkable power point presentation its staff had prepared. In just 34
pages it gives policymakers a peek at the yawning challenges facing our
region. It doesn’t offer any solutions but at least gives a fair
picture of the magnitude of the problems. Which is a starting point for
engaged and informed discussion.

I stumbled across mention of this remarkable document while flipping
though the SANBAG agenda and felt it deserves more attention than I
fear it has received heretofore. Because we all have a role to play in
shaping the future.

  • Nathan Landau

    It’s interesting–in another context one might speak of the “efficiency” of Southern California roadways. After all, they’re handling more vehicles–more activity–per mile of infrastructure. Obviously, a lot of us want there to be less activity, but we don’t want a lot of empty road miles to get built either. How much traffic should a mile of urban freeway be handling?

  • I’ve seen these lame ass congestion numbers in every regional discussion about “transportation” in Southern California.

    The conclusion they always lead to is, “We need to add more road space.”

    I reject the way these numbers are presented. Do they show bus traveller delay? Do they show traffic fatalities? No. Nobody reports openly on these things in regional transportation meetings. But car congestion? Oh, of course, this affects “everybody”.

    Can we afford to maintain the roads we have? No. Yet these congestion numbers always lead us to build more.

    The solution is in doing what other cities have done, and focus on eliminating car trips. Moving car trips to other modes or making what is possible by car now into such a pain in the ass that people do something else. There are very few good reasons why we should still be supporting private automobile use to the extent we do.

  • Interesting powerpoint – alarming to me is that 52% of national extreme PM2.5 exposure is here in So Cal – holy cow. PM 2.5 is super tiny particulate matter that gets into people lungs and makes them sick.

    I like the estimated trade value by congressional district chart too. I’m glad to see some slides explaining what some of the chart number means – because I wasn’t clear on the take away for some. Even the one use in this post – what does Miles driver per highway mile mean? Why is it considered an important benchmark?

  • Finnicky Reader

    States’! Dammit! Our roads are more crowded than other states’ roads, not states.

    That is all.

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