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.