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Regional transportation plan could mean more buses & bikes; southern California might want that

Opponents to public transportation point to its sometimes sizable price tags. Or to the fact that it's often mandate-driven, and thus, the argument goes, vulnerable to political vagaries, like the need to snap a photo of someone putting people to work. But what if most people just want it? 

The Southern California Association of Governments is the planning agency for Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and tomorrow it's going to vote on what's called its "Regional Transportation Plan."  Law requires them to make that document every four years, setting goals and priorities for transport. This time around, it's combined with a "Sustainable Communities Strategy." SB 375, the state's smart-growth-strategies law, requires the same planning agency to think about how to make the region's growth circulate better.