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Carmel Valley weighs in on MTS’ plan to improve transit system


Excerpts from Del Mar Times

As MTS eyes placing a measure on the 2020 ballot to provide funding for transit projects, they are gathering input with the lofty task of defining what the future of transportation in San Diego should look like. On June 11, Carmel Valley was a stop on their route and about 50 people filled the meeting room at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center to make the community’s voice heard.

“This is wonderful and encouraging to see so many people come out to really have a chance to share your thoughts and priorities and for us to get your feedback as we try to collectively come together and decide what are the things the community would like MTS to focus on,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said when he thinks building a better transit system, he thinks about it from various perspectives. As a member of the California Air Resources Board, he thinks about reducing carbon emissions and as a parent of five children, he thinks about building a system with options for future generations.

“There’s a generation that wants a different world than I wanted. When I was a kid the day I could get my driver’s license I was waiting outside the DMV,” Fletcher said. “The vast majority of students I taught at UCSD don’t even have a driver’s license, they don’t even want a car.”

As a San Diegan, he thinks a lot about congestion as spending time in traffic is an issue for anyone who has had to get on the freeway at the wrong time of day.

“We also know that merely widening freeways does not reduce congestion,” Fletcher said, providing the example of Houston’s 26-lane freeway expansion that when built resulted in congestion going up 30 percent in morning and 50 percent in the evening. “For the vast majority of San Diegans who will always drive a car, our message is if we build a dynamic, market-responsive transit system we’re providing options and you don’t have to get that many cars off the road, you will see a real reduction in congestion.”

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