SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) outlines draft plan which aims to improve transportation and air quality in Southern California (Complete Streets Watch)

The draft plan represents a significant milestone in meeting the mobility and quality-of-life needs of one of the fastest-growing population centers in the United States, SCAG officials said.

According to SCAG research, the six-county region is expected to grow by nearly 3.7 million people over the next quarter century to 22.5 million –– a 19 percent increase.

Connect SoCal was developed by SCAG’s staff as part of an extensive planning and visioning process that included the active engagement of residents and stakeholders across the region. It is built around a core vision that centers on maintaining and better managing the current transportation network for moving people and goods, while expanding mobility choices through land-use decisions and increasing investment in transit and complete streets.

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution for our regional transportation challenges. We have to explore an integrated web of creative strategies, which is what Connect SoCal sets out to do,” said Bill Jahn, the SCAG president.