Innovative Transportation Performance Metrics
for the Montgomery County Planning Department
Fehr & Peers collaborated with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission staff to develop a suite of multimodal transportation performance measures that address Montgomery County’s stated land use and transportation goals. Although a thorough compilation of the County’s policy and planning documents revealed that the County’s goals embrace all aspects of a multimodal transportation system, the County had not yet deployed the metrics and tools needed to evaluate how land use and transportation decisions affect those goals.
We recommended a package of innovative performance measures to fill the gaps between goals and practice, including metrics for people driving, taking transit, biking, and walking, such as: multimodal person delay, bicyclist comfort-based accessibility, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per person trip. A case study presenting the metric results for the Bethesda Downtown Plan area helped to illustrate the approach for the Planning Board.
A Locally-Calibrated MXD+ Tool
for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation
We brought our MXD+ tool to the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) with the intent to customize it for them; but the collaborative effort resulted in a more enhanced tool than we had originally planned, and was enabled by joint enthusiasm and a great working relationship with the agency. DDOT now has its own tool for evaluating multimodal travel behavior during development review. Work products included the custom MXD+ tool, a User’s Guide, and literature review.