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Regional Planning Vocab: D-M

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

Delivery Bot: A delivery robot is an autonomous robot that is used for delivering goods to specified locations (e.g., Amazon Scout.)

Drone Delivery: Use of a small and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver lightweight goods to a destination.

Dynamic Pricing: A congestion pricing strategy to manage the demand and availability of a transportation facility (e.g., Managed Lanes and parking facilities). It uses real-time information to continuously monitor the transportation facilities and uses pricing algorithms and tolling technology to apply a charge and change pricing based on current demand. Dynamic pricing/tolls can be applied in response to changing congestion levels or changes in parking availability. The strategy is used to influence travel, provide transportation choices, reduce the negative impacts of travelers searching for parking, reduce traffic impacts associated with peak period trips, and provide incentives and priority access to transportation facilities to more effectively balance the demand and available supply.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The release of water vapor, ozone, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, chlorofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride that influence global climate change.

High Speed Rail (HSR): Provides air-competitive travel times between major urban centers of the state (when used for long-distance travel); and high capacity for longer distance regional and interregional trips between hubs (often used to link passengers to other services at one or both ends). HSR has numerous nonstop or limited stop services tied to meeting long-distance market demand, but also offers trains that stop at all stations on a regular basis (every 30 or 60 minutes, based on market demand), allowing connectivity throughout the statewide rail network. Unlike the other categories, most sections of infrastructure used by HSR are designed for speeds over 125 mph (with long sections allowing speeds up to 220 mph). The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the state’s high-speed rail system.

Human-centered Design: A customer-focused approach to solving problems. A human perspective is taken into consideration in every step of the problem-solving process, from determining the true needs of the people who are served to verifying that the solution designed for them is meeting their needs.

Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO): A government agency responsible for assisting the state legislature with promoting orderly development and growth while fulfilling many regional priorities such as accommodating growth within or through expansion of local agency boundaries, extending necessary government services, preserving open space and agricultural lands, and promoting the provision of housing for residents of all incomes.

Managed Lanes: Managed Lanes, such as those along the Interstate 15 corridor, offer priority access to people using transit, carpooling, or vanpooling. People driving alone can access these lanes for a fee.

Microtransit: Microtransit services use smaller vehicles that carry 5–12 passengers. Riders can typically request service through a mobile app that directs them to common locations along the service route for pick-up.

Multimodal: Having or using multiple modes of transportation (driving, transit, biking, walking, etc.)


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