November 27, 2019, 8am PST
Unlike for land use regulations, state law doesn't require Caltrans to switch from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled in measuring the environmental impact of projects. The state department of transportation is making the change anyway.
March 29, 2019, 7am PDT
The use of level of service (LOS) to gauge the success of roadway networks has shaped and influenced cities in many negative ways.
January 8, 2019, 10am PST
The California Natural Resources Agency posted the final version of amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act, enabled by 2013's SB 743, at the end of 2018.
January 2, 2019, 11am PST
The city of Seattle is making more room for alternative transportation modes in its level of service calculations.
December 11, 2018, 9am PST
In planning, a number of common principles of practice are widely accepted. However, an alternative set of guidelines can better serve as information and decision-making tools.
November 18, 2017, 1pm PST
In many locales, instruments like traffic studies take pedestrian health into little account. According to Lark Lo, healthy communities haven't been much of a priority at all.
May 30, 2016, 7am PDT
Mayor Ed Murray released a 20-year growth plan, Seattle 2035, that retains LOS, but rather than measuring vehicle congestion, measures mode share, consistent with his vision for a green and sustainable city, but rattling The Seattle Times.
April 29, 2016, 11am PDT
In a significant effort to shift from sprawl toward incentivizing low-carbon transportation options, California is revising the way it measures traffic impacts of development projects under its Environmental Quality Act.
March 19, 2016, 11am PDT
One of the largest, most influential regional governments in the state has asked for exemptions from changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that will measure Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) instead of Level of Service (LOS).
February 3, 2016, 2pm PST
Streetsblog USA notes that the federal government is following the lead of California in awakening to the negative effects of Level of Service.
January 28, 2016, 11am PST
A big moment in the process of updating the California Environmental Equality Act.
December 21, 2015, 9am PST
Determining whether to widen a street solely based on rush hour traffic ignores how the street is used and who uses it the rest of the day.
September 21, 2015, 6am PDT
In an effort to shift from car-centric planning and incentivize eco-friendly transportation options, California is revising the way it measures traffic impacts of development projects under its Environmental Quality Act.
August 4, 2015, 6am PDT
An op-ed calls for an end to five examples of them planning status quo, and recommends four new "rule of thumbs" that can provide a better model for the transportation planning of the future.
City Observatory City Commentary
July 14, 2015, 2pm PDT
An op-ed describing the public health benefits of CEQA reform and urging California's leaders to finalize the end of "Level of Service" as a measure of project impacts.
February 11, 2015, 11am PST
Scott Schafer pens a column inspired by watching a visually impaired woman navigate a busy corner of Minneapolis. The question raised by the column: How can we improve level of service for the blind?
September 6, 2014, 2pm PDT
The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Switchboard blog chimes in on the potential benefits of California's ongoing reform of Level of Service (LOS) review.
August 8, 2014, 8am PDT
The State of California has shifted from measuring "Level of Service," a grade based on how many cars pass through an intersection in a given time, to assessing overall Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) in its Environmental Quality laws.
July 9, 2014, 2pm PDT
A long read by Eric Jaffe serves as a primer on the "Level of Service" (LOS) requirement in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as predicting the large impact of LOS reform on planning in the state and around the country.
February 18, 2014, 2pm PST
California’s retooling of Level of Service (LOS) analysis is one of the most closely watched regulatory changes in the country. With public comments on the issue closing on Feb. 18, how are planners reacting to the potential changes?