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USDOT rewrites congestion rule in response to outpouring of feedback

Proving that the power of pressure from citizenry reaches into every institution, The US Department of transportation has reconfigured the regulations, regarding traffic congestion measurement, after comments from all over pointed out many areas of contention, including the fact that measurements made no effort to include alternative travelers, like pedestrians and car-poolers, and were likely to be punitive to cities investing in their own infrastructure. In short, outdated algorithms treated metro traffic as if it were highway traffic and according to the loud voice of the people had to go.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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  • responding to the outpouring of comments they received — they backed away from most of the outdated measures of congestion that were proposed.
  • For two years, USDOT has been working to establish a new system of performance measures to govern .

“For two years, USDOT has been working to establish a new system of performance measures to govern how federal dollars are spent and hold states and metro areas accountable for making progress on important goals, including how states and cities would have to measure (and address) traffic congestion.”

https://t4america.org/2017/01/12/usdot-rewrites-congestion-rule-in-response-to-overwhelming-criticism/