Should We Eliminate Parking and Force Public Transportation?

Many businesses in San Diego would no longer need to provide parking spaces for customers under a controversial new proposal that aims to accelerate efforts to make the city less car-reliant and more climate-friendly.

Prior to the pandemic, we complained A LOT about traffic. It was hard to get around, we sat on the freeways getting to work and then trying to get home. There were a lot of cars on the road and as we start to get back to normal, the traffic is coming back too. But don’t get me wrong, I love my car and don’t want to give it up!

Now there’s a new proposal that would eliminate parking spots in order to force you to take public transportation.

Is this a good idea? It feels like we are getting a little bit ahead of ourselves. San Diego County is huge and we are not set up for easy public transit. 

I talked with Director of Regional Planning at SANDAG, Coleen Clementson about the latest proposals and what the future of public transit may look like in San Diego. We discuss how this would work, how it would be paid for, and if this is something San Diegans even want!

Listen to the full show below.

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