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Regional Planning Vocab: A-C

As SANDAG's 2021 Regional Plan unfolds, these are some important terms you need to know:

Active Transportation: Active transportation includes any method of travel that is human-powered, but most commonly refers to walking and biking. With technological advances, the definition has expanded to include e-scooters and e-bikes.

Average Daily Traffic (ADT): The average number of vehicles that travel through a specific point of a road over a short duration of time (often seven days or less).

Bikeway Priority: Priority arrangements for bikeways that are the same as the roadway along which they travel. Where a bikeway on a major road intersects with a minor road, the bikeway would have full priority over the minor road, requiring traffic crossing the bikeway to yield. The design treatments will differ according to the speed and volume of traffic, and function of the road. Design features can include raised continuous sidewalks and bikeways or tight corner radii.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): CEQA requires state and local agencies in California to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions, including impacts to cultural resources, and to avoid or mitigate those impacts if feasible.

California Air Resources Board (CARB): California’s state agency responsible for adopting state air quality standards, establishing emission standards for new cars sold in the state, overseeing activities of regional and local air pollution control agencies, and setting regional targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles.

California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP): The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) is an incentive program that provides incentives for electric vehicle charger installations, working with local partners to develop and implement projects that meet current and future regional electric vehicle needs for Level 2 and DC fast charging electric vehicle charging station installation projects. The program is funded by the California Energy Commission and implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy. In 2020 SANDAG partnered with San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) and CALeVIP to launch the San Diego County Incentive Project under CALeVIP to promote the installation of electric vehicle charging installations in San Diego County with a total of $21.7 million in available funds over three years.

Carbon Sequestration: The process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Climate Action Plan (CAP): A climate action plan (CAP) is a comprehensive policy document that outlines the actions a local jurisdiction is taking or will take to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Connected Vehicles: In-vehicle and wireless technology enables connected vehicle communication. CVs give the car and driver advanced information and warnings to inform safer driving decisions, such as when a car ahead brakes suddenly, or if there is an accident that causes traffic to slow or reroute. CVs can share data about the vehicle with other vehicles (V2V), infrastructure (V2I), and everything (V2X).


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