CEQA's Automobile 'Level of Service' Must Go

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is calling for the elimination of auto levels of service (LOS) as a criteria under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

"Among other things, the report recommends replacing LOS with a new measure of 'Automobile Trips Generated.' While San Francisco is not the first City to discuss changes to traditional automobile LOS policies, it may be the first to propose completely eliminating it.

For those not familiar with CEQA, it requires agencies to determine if a given project will have a significant impact on the environment. CEQA also allows agencies to develop specific 'thresholds of significance' to determine the level at which an environmental effect is considered significant.Oftentimes, transportation impact analysis performed to comply with CEQA (or NEPA) focuses on only one perspective about potential impacts – the perspective of the automobile driver."

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