The Transportation Planning Rule Every City Should Reform


The source of the disconnect between San Francisco's transit-first heart and its car-centric hand is an arcane engineering measure called "level of service," or LOS. In brief, LOS suggests that whenever the city wants to change some element of a street — say by adding a bike lane or even just painting a crosswalk — it should calculate the effect that change will have on car traffic. If the change produces too much congestion, then a great deal of time, money, and additional analysis must go toward the project's consideration.

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One thought on “The Transportation Planning Rule Every City Should Reform

  1. Jeff Butts

    LOS is crap!  If they want to use it, then they should consider the level of service for all users!  Not just people in automobiles, but those on bikes, feet, and other modes of transit. And, frankly, I think we’re moving past a time of people thinking that we can build, build, build for more and more cars. We’ve seen where that’s got us. If anything, they should move towards car free districts and city-wide car free days.

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