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Transit Gap
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

Karen Cody and Sonya Solinsky, local public transit advocates, review their transit survey at tinyurl.com/sdtransitsurvey.
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A sub-committee of the Carmel Valley Planning Board wants to know how you feel about bringing more public transit to our area and have created an online survey for your input at tinyurl.com/sdtransitsurvey. They document the many neighborhoods that are stranded by the lack of public transportation as new developments east of I-5 add to the traffic gridlock everywhere. The existing NCTD Bus routes go ONLY north/south along Highway 101 and east/west on Via de la Valle , bypassing the communities along Del Mar Heights Road and east of I-5: Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands, Torrey Highlands, Black Mountain Ranch, and Rancho Penasquitos; even as these communities are growing by leaps and bounds.

The survey was created by two passionate public transit advocates, Sonya Solinsky, local urban planner, and Karen Cody, former Board member, who are collecting data on how the public, not only residents but employees who work here, feel about using public transit. They want to have the data when they meet with San Diego City Councilmembers Barbara Bry, Chris Cate, and Mark Kersey who represent the area, to advocate for two new bus lines. A “Blue line” bus route beginning at Del Mar Heights Rd at Camino del Mar would run east through Carmel Valley, Torrey Highlands, Rancho Penasquitos out to the Sabre Springs transit station on I-15. The second proposed “Red Line” bus route will start at Via de la Valle at El Camino Real going south to the Sorrento Valley transit station and up to Genesee Ave. to the new MidCoast Trolley Station (2021).

Cody and Solinsky have the unanimous support of the Carmel Valley Board which represents residents who want to get from one neighborhood to another, from households east of I-5 to the beach, from home to work, from home to shopping without getting in their car and adding to the already long lines of traffic. Neighborhoods off Del Mar Heights Road have already begun complaining about the coming impact of increased traffic from the new One Paseo development.
The two are taking PowerPoint Presentations to as many local community planning boards in the area as they can, educating and getting residents involved. They are also meeting with transit agencies MTS and SANDAG seeking their cooperation. More information is available at their website https://northwestsd.wixsite.com/transitsurvey. But first go to: www.tinyurl.com/sdtransitsurvey and let them know how you feel about bringing more public transit to our area.



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