In today’s world it’s commonly accepted that public roads are a shared community resource for moving people and goods. This is a big step forward from a generation ago when planning focused on moving motorized vehicles with minimal delay. However, it’s taken a long time for traffic engineering to change measurement systems to match. So it’s especially noteworthy to read that the U.S. DOT has concluded a multi-year process with a mandate that:
1. States will measure the movement of people, not just vehicles. Finally, a full bus will count as more than 1.
2. States will have to track their impact on carbon emissions.
3. People who choose to walk, bike or ride transit will be counted.
4. Free-flowing rush hour vehicular traffic is no longer the goal.
Measuring what matters is always important. When project planning and funding is based on more holistic measures, things change quickly!
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