- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released new standards on January 18, 2017 to guide transportation agencies in their measurement of performance, with specific inclusion of transit, biking and walking.
- States will now measure the movement of people, not just vehicles, by incorporating a measure of “person-hours” of delay rather than just “vehicle hours,” which means that transit will not be blamed for worsening congestion.
- State DOTs will be required to monitor and forecast the impact of their projects on greenhouse gas emissions, which can be helpful for justifying walking and biking projects.
- States are encouraged to increase bicycle, pedestrian, and transit trips with the new addition of a “multi-modal” performance measure.
Schmitt, A. (2017). Transportation Agencies Will Finally Measure the Movement of People, Not Just Cars. Retrieved from: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/01/12/transportation-agencies-will-fina…