San Diego Travel: Trains, lanes, bikes and gondolas

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San Diego Travel: Trains, lanes, bikes and gondolas
In this photo mashup, an aerial gondola is superimposed onto a view down Cedar Street toward the County Administration Center // © Howard Blackson
San Diego Travel: Trains, lanes, bikes and gondolas
In this photo mashup, an aerial gondola is superimposed onto a view down Cedar Street toward the County Administration Center // © Howard Blackson

The newest route to the beach might come with a bird’s-eye view and no risk of tracking sand into your car.
A new long-term blueprint from area planners puts skyways and light rail stations in some of the county’s beach communities, making it possible for people who want to get to the ocean to make the trip from most of the county without getting behind the wheel.

Beach access is one of the many components of the San Diego Association of Government plan that both reflects the county’s growth trend and seeks to shape it.

SANDAG’s 35-year vision gives a framework for land use and transportation through the middle of the century. Drafters say it will guide the region as it adds an estimated 1 million people by 2050, and that many of its ideas will appear the region’s future in some form.

The blueprint is built on the assumption that suburban sprawl will be curtailed, more people will live closer to where they work and along transportation corridors. There will be a significant shift in the number of households in multifamily homes. Neighborhoods will be more densely populated, and it will be easier to use mass transit like trolleys and skyway gondolas. []

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