FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN DIEGO – May 28, 2015 – Today, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO called on City leaders and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to expedite construction of San Diego’s regional mass transit system within the next ten years under the following provisions:
- Prioritizing funding and implementation of an integrated network of transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in the urban core, Sprinter, Coaster and Blue Line corridors; and
- Allocating TransNet funds to immediately invest in transit expenditures; and
- Achieving at least a 50% transit, bike and walk mode share in the urban core, Sprinter, Coaster and Blue Line corridors; and
- By delivering transit trips as a competitive alternative to auto trips; and
- Requiring new transit, bike and walk projects be constructed under a Local Hire Agreement with the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.
“Expanding San Diego’s mass transit network with affordable options like light rail is a win-win-win for workers, communities and our environment. An affordable mass transit network will create high-quality construction, operation, and maintenance jobs, while addressing the urgency of climate change and lowering transportation expenses for working families,” said Richard Barrera, secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.
Dr. Jim Miller, chair of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Environmental Caucus and member of the American Federation of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 added that “Cities like New York have already begun to create policy that directly links climate action and the expansion of transit with the fight against income inequality. Given a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector plus our high cost of living, now is the time for San Diego to make these immediate transit investments, put people to work and start reducing harmful pollution and traffic congestion here in the region.”