The final white papers for the Regional Transportation Plan update are out:
The first paper has the predictable review of congestion, but I found two interesting factoids as well: it’s not just the road systems that’s aging, but also our drivers, and this will affect everything from engineering stopping distances (our reaction times will be slowing) to putting bigger type on road signs. The other is a concise little graph on p. 24 showing the efficacy of ramp meters in keeping travel speeds up.
On the topic of safety, the paper reflects the need to make this a greater area of focus in all our transportation planning and operations. We need to introduce a culture of safety throughout.