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SANDAG Celebrates News Vision Lab

Innovative Space to Create A Bold New Transportation Vision Now Open

August 14, 2019-- SANDAG celebrated the launch of the new Vision Lab with an open house on Tuesday.

At the open house, SANDAG staff and industry leaders were on hand to discuss San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan and the 5 Big Moves, key strategies that will be used to develop a bold new transportation vision.

The SANDAG Vision Lab is a collaborative space for agency staff, elected officials, working groups, and industry leaders to discuss ideas, data, and tools for developing a fully integrated, world-class transportation system in the San Diego region.

On Tuesday afternoon, attendees saw demonstrations of a digital sketch planning tool, explored interactive maps to learn where people live and work around our region, and spoke with subject matter experts about how the 5 Big Moves – Complete Corridors, Transit Leap, Mobility Hubs, Flexible Fleets, and the Next Operating System (OS) – will improve commute times and the environment.

To support development of the 2021 Regional Plan, SANDAG established a Vision Advisory Panel to tap the expertise of Southern California industry leaders. The panel will help develop a strategy for a world-class transportation system that makes the best use of available and emerging technologies and results in a system that is smart, efficient, and accessible.

“If you want to design something that people will actually use, you have to bring together policy makers, planners, technologists, and the community in a collaborative way,” said Colleen Emmenegger, Vision Advisory Panel member and Head of People Centered Automation at the UC San Diego Design Lab. 

The Vision Advisory Panel will provide expert input about how to deploy technology solutions to solve complex transportation problems and guide SANDAG leadership on how to best future-proof the transportation system.

“The Vision Lab is a place for SANDAG staff to work alongside transportation and technology experts and members of the public to develop the best transportation system in the world,” said SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata. “We invite all San Diegans to visit, learn, and have a voice in the future of this bold new vision.”

In August, community drop-in hours to visit the SANDAG Vision Lab are as follows:
•     Tuesdays between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
•     Thursdays between 2 - 4 p.m.

Public hours will continue throughout development of the 2021 Regional Plan and hours will be updated regularly.

The Vision Lab is located at the SANDAG Downtown offices:
401 B Street
20th Floor
San Diego, 92101
*Check in at the SANDAG lobby on the 7th floor

To learn more about the SANDAG Vision Lab, the 2021 Regional Plan, and development of the bold new transportation vision, visit

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