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What will our regional transit systems look like in the future? Who will use them?

On Thursday, Equinox Center , a non-partisan, research and communications nonprofit dedicated to helping the San Diego region craft an intelligent and sustainable path forward, will be a part of an event hosted by Move San Diego, “Measuring Sustainable Communities.” It’s a breakfast and open forum for discussing the metrics used for making $110 billion in transportation investments over the next 40 years as part of SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan.

To lead into that conversation, on Wednesday we published three op-eds about transit and transportation.

• Elyse Lowe, executive director of Move San Diego, talks about the necessity of measuring what matters now as we plan the future’s transportation.

• Ann Tartre, executive director of Equinox, discusses some of the data we already have that show that our new transit plans should be ambitious.

• Kevin Carroll, regional vice president for TechAmerica, wonders why our regional transit doesn’t service the areas where our technology companies are.

I’ll also be live-tweeting from Thursday’s event, using the hashtag #SB375, which is the bill number for the legislation that requires the development of regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles. You will also be able to follow those tweets in real-time at the top of the Café San Diego blog section.

If you’d like to contribute your thoughts on any of the issues we’re discussing here — whether you agree or disagree — we welcome them as comments or as full-blown published opinions.

I’m Grant Barrett, engagement editor for voiceofsandiego.org: grant@voiceofsandiego.org or (619) 550-5666 or @grantbarrett on Twitter.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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