|Carbon is a huge void at the center of the plan|
Draft RTSP, with chart from CO2Now
In an earlier note, we highlighted three things:
- We need more attention to carbon and greenhouse gas emissions
- The Third Bridge remains an enormous folly - that's one project it's totally worth criticizing.
- More and more cities are embracing "vision zero." We tolerate a lot of death and serious injury as acceptable "costs" of using the roads and of road-widening to reduce congestion. If we actually wanted to, we could do a lot more with reducing speeds and better engineering roads for safety.
Here are some additional things to consider:
- The FHWA is now assuming 1.04% annual growth in yearly miles traveled. This still seems too large from here - but if you aren't necessarily persuaded by the larger criticism here, and instead wanted to make a very conservative criticism of our travel modeling, asking SKATS to align projections with this new FHWA figure seems like low-hanging fruit and a very sober request. (The latest that I see - it's hard to find the assumptions in modeling! - is from the Nov 12th memo on tolling: "Traffic is assumed to grow at a constant rate of 1.97% between 2015 and 2035." So what does demand look like when you assume 1.04% annual growth?)
- Salem Sunday Streets has observed that cities are asking the Portland MPO, Metro, to fund Safe Routes to School. A representative from Safe Routes talked to the Technical Advisory Committee earlier this year, and asking our MPO for more focus on sidewalks and safe crossing is a fine thing to echo (though Portland's funding mechanism is different in this case).
- N3B has collated some additional comment on the Salem River Crossing components in the RTSP and they cite great points, which are also appropriate to echo.
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
And here's more history trivia for the weekend. What was on the corner before the current building, known as the new Bligh Building or Pacific Building, home of SKATS?
|Cook's Hotel the Table Five08 Corner of State and High|
Oregon State Library
|Cook's Hotel on the corner of State and High|
The big lawn belongs to the old County Courthouse
Oregon State Library