April 15, 2016

LOS to VMT: A Paradigm Shift in Transportation Planning


1:40 pm - 3:00 pm


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, Governor's Office of Planning and Research


As transportation planning shifts from a narrow focus on auto-mobility to a broader focus on access to destinations via all modes (plus outcomes for the environment, human health, and fiscal health), old metrics and practices need updating.  SB 743 directed the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to replace LOS with a new metric of transportation impact under CEQA.  This session will examine the problems that led to the shift, and discuss the mechanics and potential outcomes of the shift to VMT that OPR is proposing.

Biographical Sketch

Chris Ganson is the technical lead on SB 743 implementation at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.  He previously held positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the World Resources Institute, and US EPA Region 9.  Chris holds master’s degrees in City Planning and Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley.