These are mostly just some notes in passing. (See also notes last week on continued intransigence on greenhouse gas assessment.)
On Environmental Justice, even though there is a formal and legal framework, it is more about process and procedure than about outcome, and it is not clear that it's actually very effective. Environmental Justice is another framework we could use for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions - and, indeed, the Federal lawsuit in Eugene may well develop new approaches along this line. But the MPO on its own could still interpret the legal requirements in more charitable and more effective ways rather than in the minimalist, pro forma way we see now.
|SKATS currently evades|
addressing "adverse environmental effects"
of greenhouse gas emissions
|The EJ analysis is not very robust|
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But one of them might give us pause.
|"Reliability" on non-Interstate NHS includes|
a lot of "non-highway"
[T]he majority of non-Interstate NHS facilities defined within the SKATS boundary, and likely in most MPOs in the country, provide for the movement of traffic within an urban area including the distribution to lower-order roads. Often these roads have sidewalks and bike lanes and serve adjacent land uses, both residential and commercial/industrial uses, via driveways and other curb cuts....The networks of streets, especially those designated as minor arterials (update - see map below and clarification in comments), in the NHS is overbroad and autoist performance measures may degrade them or keep us from making useful adjustments to them.
A performance measure that focuses solely on the reliability of vehicular travel time in such a setting is potentially directing investment that could damage the urban fabric of the area and diminish the livability along the corridor. A more nuanced measure is necessary in such situations.
Finally, in administrative adjustments, a couple of project changes of interest here:
- The Mill Street RR crosswalk between the Depot and the Mill at the end of the Esplanade is slipping out and preliminary engineering won't start to next year - so construction will move out even farther.
- 12th Street signal project - which I think is at Marion and associated with the Union Street Bikeway project - is also moving the engineering phase out a year.
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
SKATS Policy Committee meets Tuesday the 28th, at noon. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Little Owl Kitchen and Table Five 08.
Addendum, August 29th
Safe Routes to Schools submitted comment on the Legislative Priorities.
|From the August 28th letter to SKATS|
|Principal Arterials and NHS from|
2015/2016 RTSP, Map 3-10