TRANSDEF Seeks RTP Alternatives


06/15/16 Filed in:

TRANSDEF today filed its

scoping comments

for the

2017 Regional
Transportation Plan
The letter asks MTC to study a regional plan
alternative in which there is no money for highway
widenings or BART extensions. Instead, available
funding would be spent on cost-effective transit
projects and service. The intent is to maximize
the reduction of GHGs by shifting travel away from
solo driving.

The alternative proposes a test of the long-running
MTC assertion that “transportation investments don’t
move the needle” by which they mean that the
investments don’t make a difference with GHG
emissions or Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). TRANSDEF
has always agreed that MTC’s investments don’t move
the needle. However, TRANSDEF has
long contended

that this is the result of a highly politicized
project selection process, rather than an Ultimate
Truth of transportation planning. An

alternative created by

was studied for the 2005 RTP, and it

performed better

than the MTC alternative, because its projects were
selected to respond to a strategic analysis of the

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