What is Connect SoCal 2024?
Connect SoCal 2024 – The 2024-2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy will be a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic and environmental and goals. Connect SoCal 2024 is currently in development and will embody a collective vision for the region’s future based on input from local governments, county transportation commissions (CTCs), tribal governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and local stakeholders within the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.
Connect SoCal 2024 will be an important planning document for the region, allowing project sponsors to qualify for federal funding. In addition, Connect SoCal 2024 will identify a combination of transportation and land use strategies that help the region achieve state greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and federal Clean Air Act requirements, preserve open space areas, improve public health and roadway safety, and support our vital goods movement industry.
In order to create a plan for the future, among the first steps is the development of growth projections for employment, population, and households at the regional, county, city, town and neighborhood levels. These projections take into account economic and demographic trends, as well as feedback reflecting on-the-ground conditions from SCAG’s jurisdictions. Similar to what’s happening at a national level, the population growth rate has slowed and an increasing share of Baby Boomers are retiring. At the same time, California is in the midst of a long-term structural housing shortage and affordability crisis. As our communities continue to expand, vital habitat lands face severe development pressure. See the February 2022 Joint Policy Committee Staff Reports for more details on the Preliminary Regional and County Growth Projections.
As this region continues to grow in age and population, in an environment already experiencing significant challenges, it is crucial that land use and transportation strategies are integrated to achieve regional goals. Connect SoCal 2024 will identify a number of land use and transportation strategies that can provide residents more choices in how they can reach their destinations reliably and reduce congestion on roadways in our region through 2050 and beyond.https://scag.ca.gov/connect-socal