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SB 743

2020-05-14 16:57:33.702231+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

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Streetlight Data: SB 743: Why All States Should Use Vehicle Miles Traveled vs Level of Service

California road planning has long been driven by "level of service", which in practice means "keep building more lanes until traffic is free-flowing".

The problem is that drivers pay very little of the cost of using their automobiles directly. Gas taxes cover about half of the costs of infrastructure, but by most measures there is on average about $.29 per mile driven in health and other external costs imposed on everyone else.

If you know the bill's gonna get split evenly in the end, why wouldn't you order the Dom Perignon with your steak and lobster?

So, of course, you build more road capacity, people drive more. In fact, since the only real direct cost of driving that people face is the time spent in traffic, people drive more until there's enough traffic that it's annoying.

Huge step forward, California is starting to evaluate transportation projects based on additional vehicle miles traveled.

California’s SB 743 is an inspired way to evaluate transportation projects. Here’s why VMT impact should inform planning in all states

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