Greenhouse gas target rule update - "Don't tell me what to do!"
|September's Keeling Curve - CO2 earth|
|CO2 effects known in 1912|
"we've been talking about climate change for a long time"
But there were a couple of new things in the discussion. One interesting wrinkle is that there appears to be structural mismatch at the MPO itself between the State effort and Federal requirements.
That's maybe an internal structural tension that staff will know all about, but which is not generally visible to the public.
That's interesting to consider.
There was also a note that some of the statewide Advisory Committee suggested that Regional Transportation System Plans were "duplicative" and did not "add value." I would echo this. There's a lot of effort and text that goes into the RTSP that largely duplicates what is in the Salem TSP and it would be interesting to consider whether there might be a different work product that would add more value than something that mainly operates as a compilation.
At the same time, there have been moments when public details in the RTSP were in front of public details in the Salem TSP or CIP. So one small way that the RTSP has value is as a partially independent source of information and cross-check. Insiders who already know all the stuff might overstate its duplication. It's not, in fact, wholly duplicative.
Maybe it's not that the RTSP should be scrapped, but that there might be ways it could evolve to do less duplication and then generate one or more extensions of new analysis or information.
Back to the Target Rule, though there is a Policy Committee meeting already scheduled for November 29th, there may be another one earlier in November scheduled just for greenhouse gas targets discussion.
previous note here.) And in that discussion there was a hint that the swapped funds might go not to another multi-modal project, but would get sucked up by a thoroughly autoist project, the I-5 interchange at Keubler.
This is consistent with a position expressed by some on the Policy Committee that autoist funding must remain constant, cannot be reallocated, and that multi-modal funding must always be extra and on top of the autoist component:
[One member] expressed frustration related to not having the funding to complete systems that would achieve several goals including GHG reduction.It seems like one or more fund exchanges could be ways to deallocate money from autoist projects to right-size them and boost funding on walking, biking, and busing. It seems like there could be more creative ways to handle this than to pilfer money for more highway expansion.
The October Agenda
The October agenda itself has some interesting things, but not action items or things that seem worth close attention at the moment.
- An update on the OR-22/Mission Street Project. This doesn't appear to have much new beyond what was in the September Open House materials and the survey. In the SKATS-PC meeting packet there are some additional technical memos, but they didn't seem very important. The whole project is totally autoist, about pumping car traffic at high speed on an urban highway. It would require rethinking traffic in an urban environment to effect meaningful change here: Is it ever appropriate to seek volume/capacity measures of .85 or .90 inside city limits on roads (distinct from access-controlled Interstates) posted for 50mph and designed for much higher speeds? To say "no" and to make the appropriate changes across multiple dimensions would require a deep paradigm change, and we aren't anywhere close yet.
- There's several draft concepts for proposed transportation packages at the 2017 Legislature. There are notes from the Oregon MPO Consortium and the Oregon Transportation Forum and independently from a couple of subcommittees. If you're interested in the sausage-making and maneuvering, you can drill in to the details!
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