Helping Transform San Diego

In simple terms, transportation systems exist to move people and goods; however, their impacts are far-reaching and life changing. Whether traveling by car, bus, train, bike or plane, we firmly believe transportation provides people with better access to opportunities, strengthens economies and helps foster a greater sense of community.

We are proud to work with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to help achieve its transformative transportation vision for San Diego County. For more than a decade, we’ve been working together to improve regional transportation and work toward a safer, healthier, more sustainable San Diego.

The Power of Connections. Not everyone is able to live close to family, stores, work, and vital services. Creating ways to bridge those distances is important and empowering. Whether in the form of extended trolley service, expanded BRT routes, or the development of dedicated multi-use paths, we are working with SANDAG to bring San Diego closer together. Efforts like South Bay BRT, the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project and the Inland Rail Trail enable people to find their housing fit, explore employment opportunities and offer compelling alternatives to driving. We believe these projects and others like them are uniting residents, easing budgetary pressures, and opening new paths to services, jobs, and amenities.

Economic Arteries. San Diego is a critical nexus for California and the United States. The county is home to 3.3 million residents; welcomes more than 35 million tourists each year; safeguards the third-busiest commercial port of entry on the Mexico–U.S. border; and boasts the largest concentration of U.S. military personnel in the world. Getting from point A to point B in San Diego is about both time and money. Powering this destination location is a complex transit system balancing flexibility, reliability, and convenience with affordability, public health, and safety goals. Projects like the Otay Mesa Border Crossing, airport connectivity initiative, Sorrento to Miramar Double Track, and Bayshore Bikeway are a handful of examples demonstrating how SANDAG and Nossaman are helping fuel the region’s economic engine. We are proud to help connect retailers with suppliers and customers, expand the geographic employment pool for businesses, and pass international trade and travelers efficiently and safely through the airport and across the border.

Empowering Everyone. Roadways continue to be a popular way to commute, run errands and take in all of the amenities San Diego offers. However, behaviors and preferences are constantly changing. Thanks to SANDAG, it has never been easier, safer, and more practical for people of all ages and abilities to traverse the county. An economical way to navigate San Diego is by bus. A web of thoughtfully plotted routes offer service to communities and attractions throughout the county. Another great alternative is active transportation, including biking, walking, and skating. These are viable options thanks to the San Diego Regional Bike Plan. We have been involved in helping to create or extend nearly 50 miles of paths throughout the county. Importantly, these routes are safe and accessible to those traveling by wheelchair, connecting everyone to a wider swath of San Diego.

And More! It’s easy to overlook the numerous advances SANDAG has made behind the scenes to improve transportation reliability, reduce congestion, and enhance livability. We have proudly worked on projects such as the Downtown Bus Stopover/Multiuse Facility that reduces bus circulation on surface streets and increases on-street parking; the San Dieguito Double Track project that replaced a century-old bridge while eliminating a significant bottleneck between Solana Beach and Del Mar; and the Robinson Bikeway that connects residents of San Diego’s urban core. These and other projects are important links in SANDAG’s regional mobility architecture.

We are proud to help SANDAG plan, deliver and defend projects critical to achieving its transportation vision. We serve as real estate, environment, and land use counsel, provide project delivery and implementation advice, and litigate eminent domain, environmental, and procurement disputes.

Recent Nossaman Projects with SANDAG

OTAY MESA BORDER CROSSING
Creating a 21st century border crossing for the San Diego-Baja California mega-region to enhance regional mobility and fuel economic growth and binational trade.
SOUTH BAY BUS RAPID TRANSIT
Providing a frequent and reliable transportation alternative in the form of a 21-mile BRT route from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista.
AIRPORT CONNECTIVITY
Promoting connectivity between existing and proposed transit and the San Diego International Airport, improving mobility and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles travelled.
MID-COAST CORRIDOR TRANSIT
Extending trolley service from Downtown San Diego to the University City community, adding nine new transit stations serving major activity centers along the route.
SORRENTO TO MIRAMAR
Improving the movement of people and goods by adding three miles of second main track to the San Diego region’s coastal rail corridor between the Sorrento Valley Station and Miramar Road.
DOWNTOWN BUS STOPOVER/MULTIUSE FACILITY
Providing an off-street location where buses can park for short periods between runs, minimizing bus circulation on surface streets and increasing on-street parking.
SAN DIEGUITO DOUBLE TRACK
Reducing travel times for passengers and eliminating a significant bottleneck by adding 1.1 mile of second mainline rail track and replacing the aging San Dieguito Rail Bridge.
BAYSHORE BIKEWAY
Providing a scenic connection to tourist destinations as well as bayfront employers by constructing a regional bicycle facility extending 24 miles around San Diego Bay.
INLAND RAIL TRAIL
Creating a 21-mile Class I bikeway – a multi-use path that is physically separate from motor vehicle traffic – making it easier and safer for people to use active transportation.
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