California – April 2015 – Perhaps fittingly, one of the state’s oldest, stateliest cities will be the first to institute one of the most sophisticated advances in planning tools since the slide rule. Not long ago, the City of Pasadena implemented metrics that measure projects’ impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act in terms of vehicle miles traveled rather than level of service.
Pasadena is not only the first city in the state to adopt VMT metrics but may also be the first in the nation….
“Over-reliance on level of service as the only indicator of success in our transportation systems is one of the biggest obstacles to infill development,” said Jeffrey Tumlin, principal and director of strategy for Nelson\Nygaard.
(California Planning & Development Report, Josh Stephens)