Counting People, Not Vehicle Movement

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Michael Alexander, the chair of Simon Fraser University’s City Conversations sends this link which promises to change how the U.S. Department of Transportation analyzes car travel. As reported on the T4 America website, At long last, USDOT has finalized new requirements for how states and metro areas will have to measure traffic congestion and in the final rule — responding to the outpouring of comments they received — they backed away from most of the outdated measures of congestion that were proposed.”

There are four main changes:

  1. Vehicular delaypaints an incredibly one-dimensional picture of congestion. Focusing on average delay by simply measuring the difference between rush hour speeds compared to free-flow 3 a.m. traffic fails to count everyone else commuting by other modes, rewards places with fast travel speeds at the expense of places with shorter commutes and less time spent behind the wheel overall, and completely ignores…

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