What Is Our Mission
Convenient, on-time, healthy, sustainable transportation throughout the San Diego region.
Organize and serve a broad collaboration of people and organizations to prioritize, fund, and implement sustainable, healthy, convenient transportation and related land use solutions that get people and goods wherever they are going, on time, throughout the San Diego region.
Organizing the Community
- Assemble and maintain a collaboration of the various groups working to improve transportation. Help to resolve issues between groups that are blocking unified progress.
- Serve this collaboration with information, analysis, constructive advocacy, outreach, communication, and convening.
- Provide a place for members of the public to show their support for transportation solutions.
- Develop, promote, and facilitate regional transportation solutions, and support regional leadership in effectively implementing them.
- Be accepted as a trusted public voice for sustainable transportation.
Working with Government
- Through proactive and constructive work with relevant agencies, help shape the next Regional Transportation Plan and each successive plan.
- Promote the planning principles and plan changes required to increase transit ridership: connectivity of the network, customer experience, transit travel times equal or faster than driving for key trips.
- Encourage transportation agencies and other public and non-profit organizations to provide information to the public, in innovative ways, about the opportunities for more sustainable transportation and improved land use.
- Fearlessly and respectfully identify the obstacles blocking innovative solutions to transportation and land use issues, and constructively pursue their remediation.
Results in Our Region
- Dramatic improvements to our region's transit system, doubling transit trips taken per day after 7 years, and doubling again after another 7 years.
- A 50% increase in the number of housing units in walkable locations.
- A 50% increase in the number of jobs in walkable locations.
- Identify the best mix of infrastructure and services for a sustainable transportation future.
What Do We Value?
Traffic and High Energy Costs are Problems.
Transit is a Solution.
Transportation choices like walking, biking, telecommuting and transit let you do what you need to do while reducing traffic congestion and pollution. An efficient and convenient transportation system connects all the options together, making life easier and more productive.
What is Move San Diego?
Move San Diego is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation of San Diego’s environment through the design of sustainable transportation, smart transit and improved infrastructure. We aspire to be the trusted public voice for sustainable transportation. Through proactive and constructive work with the public and relevant agencies, we will help to shape our region’s transportation plans. Move San Diego emerged from a unique alliance between the business and environmental communities to improve regional quality of life, support better development, and reduce the impacts of congestion on people and the environment in San Diego County.
Great Places Have Great Transit
Studies show that most successful metro areas have great transit systems. Cities such as Washington D.C.; Paris, France; San Francisco; and Brisbane, Australia have proven that a well-designed transit system can work.
The Benefits of Good Transit
- Reduces traffic congestion and frees up parking
- Saves time and money
- Enables economic growth and productivity
- Good for the environment and health
- Gets people to work quickly and reliably
- Creates new real estate value
Why Are We Awesome?
Our primary goal is to promote progress on the planning, development and use of different transportation modes - such as walking, bicycling and public transit - and the land use patterns that help determine their effectiveness. Move San Diego is not anti-automobile. Rather, we believe the region must begin bringing our transportation investments into balance. We need to protect the region's enormous investment in roads from overuse, and to protect the region's environment and quality of life. Our transportation investments must be more strategic and cost-effective.
Click here for a trifold brochure about MoveSD.
Who Are We?
Move San Diego was formed in January 2004 by citizens, environmentalists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transportation experts to build board support for sustainable transportation systems and land-use policies. Click for information about Board of Directors or Officers and Staff.
News and Events
MOVE Alliance Endorses Mixed-Use Project for SPRINTER Santa Fe Station
SAN DIEGO—October 3, 2013—Today, MOVE Alliance announces its endorsement for the planned development of 81 units on Main St. in downtown Vista, Calif along the SPRINTER rail station. The endorsement, given by Move San Diego’s coalition of local experts, environmentalists and transportation advocates, is based on the project’s proximity to transit, effective parking solutions, mix of residential and retail uses and walkable opportunities.
Read the full press release
Marea on the Move: July 29, 2013
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Marea on the Move: July 17, 2013
Marea on the Move Journeys in transit
Marea Blue is originally from the Bay Area and moved to San Diego to study Urban Studies and Planning at UCSD. Immediately after graduation, she began a career in software to help fund her rugby, writing and travel endeavors. 10+ years of Southern California commutes have inspired her to embrace her educational background and share her transit experiences with Move San Diego.
July 17, 2013
I used to work at an office in Sorrento Valley and my commute there and back from my house in North Park was the worst.
There are small windows where this drive only takes 20 minutes, but these windows are like magic portals that unexpectedly slam shut if you don’t plan your trip just right.
Some days leaving my office at 4:23 meant zipping right onto the freeway, but leaving at 4:33 meant sitting in a long line of cars, watching the stoplight change from red, to green, to red, as a parade of trains slowly inched across our path. 10 minutes could be the difference between a .5-hour and a 1.5-hour commute.
If you could just come and go as you pleased in the working world, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But there’s always that coworker who schedules a late afternoon meeting, or a coffee-on-pants morning disaster, or the expectation that you be physically present between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00, and you are at the mercy of the magic portal.
Like most San Diegans, for a long time I just accepted my commute as a fact of life, as miserable as it made me. For as much as we think about traffic here – listening for radio updates, strategizing the optimal combination of freeways and back roads, timing our departure around road disasters such as a gentle drizzle – we don’t really think about. We just consider it an unavoidable entity and suffer through it.
When I actually started to think about my commute and quantifying the impact it was having on my life, I quit my job.
I figured that I only get 24 hours in a day. I was spending at least 16 of those hours at sleep or at work on an average weekday, which left me with 8 hours of “free” time. If I wanted to get a workout in, make some meals, grocery shop, and shower on occasion, I was down to 6.
Given the strikingly few hours I had each day to pursue activities of my own choosing, the realization that I was spending 2 of them trapped in my car, traveling a total of 30 miles at a covered wagon pace, seemed ridiculous. Worse, this time was unpaid, and actually costing me money when I took into account gas and insurance. I was forced to ask myself if this particular job was worth it, and I decided that it wasn’t.
I have made a promise to myself that the commute for my next job will meet these requirements:
- The drive will be 20 minutes or less, no matter the time of day, OR
- The office will be reasonably walkable or bikeable, OR
- The office will be reachable by a means of public transit that allows me to do something more pleasant during my commute, such as read.
The commuting experience can significantly impact your quality of life and should be just as important a factor when considering a job opportunity as salary and benefits. Traffic may be a fact of life in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. If the destination doesn’t justify the miserable journey, maybe it’s time to start looking.
We invite you to a charity dinner benefiting Move San Diego, in honor of Congressman Scott Peters!
Mapping a Future for Sustainability
Move San Diego invites you to a one of a kind charity dinner
honoring longtime sustainability champion Congressman Scott Peters.
Introduction by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins
A private five star dinner benefiting Move San Diego, a 501(c)3
Tax ID 20-00685682
Cocktails in the Kitchen 5:30 p.m.
Seated formal dinner 6:30 p.m.
Dinner will be at Oliver & Rose, a private event space owned by the team behind the French bistro Cafe Chloe.
Ticket prices: Move SD member, $200. Non-members, $225. Additional guests, $200. Table of 8, $1,575.
Dump the Pump! on June 20, 2013
It's time to Dump the Pump! On June 20, 2013, American Public Transportation Association and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.
Move San Diego in Sacramento for Advocacy Day on April 24, 2013
Move San Diego in Sacramento for Advocacy Day on April 24, 2013
We had an amazing time in Sacramento, sharing ideas with fellow advocates, meeting with legislative staffers, and bringing our passion for better transit, more transportation choices, equitable investment, active transportation, and public health to the Capitol!
Photos from the Urban Mixer!
Check out MoveSD's Facebook page to see all the fun we had last week at the Urban Mixer with Car2Go!