SANDAG’s New Chief Welcomes Heat, Calls Consensus of the Past a Lie

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata at a live Voice of San Diego Podcast recording at Whistle Stop Bar. / Photo by Megan Wood

This isn’t how Hasan Ikhrata drew it up.

Last month, the director of the San Diego Association of Governments outlined his vision for revolutionizing transportation in the region.

It called for hundreds of miles of new, fast and frequent rail projects to make transit a meaningful competitor to driving, while freeing up congested freeways with new managed lanes and a dynamic pricing scheme that charges drivers to use those lanes when demand is highest. It was essential, he said, to meet the state climate laws.

At the same time, he told the board it was time to alter TransNet – the scandal-plagued, tax-funded infrastructure program – because it does not have enough money to build everything voters were told the half-cent sales tax extension could fund.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a…

Original published: 2019-05-15 11:00:58 Read the full San Diego News here

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