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SANDAG seeking community input on I-8 corridor improvements

A pair of community meetings have been planned to help the San Diego Association of Governments find ways to improve traffic flow, transit services, and pedestrian and bike access along Interstate 8.

The area targeted for improvement lies roughly between SeaWorld Drive/Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and 70th Street in the Lake Murray area east of San Diego State University. That stretch of the freeway, SANDAG said in a release, has a high volume of traffic due to the number of connecting freeways, regional shopping centers, hotels, tourist attractions, medical centers and higher education institutions.

Feedback from the meetings will be worked into a multimodal corridor study SANDAG is undertaking in partnership with Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit System and the city of San Diego.

SANDAG has scheduled one meeting near the west end of the target area on Friday and another toward the east end on July 29. The Friday meeting will be held from 3-6 p.m. in the Garcia Room of the Caltrans district office at 4050 Taylor St., while the July 29 meeting is planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road.

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Duane Shinnick 12:44pm July 24, 2014

One improvement would be to decrease the time between bus departures from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes on the circular route from the Old Town Transit Center to and from the Fashion Valley Transit Center. More people would use the system for the numerous hotels and other businesses along Hotel Circle and there is ample time for the circuit to be completed in 20 minutes rather than 30 minutes.

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