Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Transportation Agencies Will Measure the Movement of People, Not Just Cars

Multimodal street in Greeley. Image credit: Greeley Public Works

In its new standards, the US Department of Transportation have changed how transportation agencies measure their performance. As part of this new rule, performance measures will focus on the movement of people rather than cars - for example, a full bus would not be counted the same as a single-occupancy vehicle. Cyclists and pedestrians will be tracked as part of a "multi-modal" performance measure. Additionally, state DOTs will be required to monitor and foreceast the impact of their projects on greenhouse gas emissions. Also important to note is that there will be a shift away from comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions.

For more information, read the article on Streetsblog.

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