Montgomery’s traffic tests for new developments encourage sprawl, but that could change soon

Montgomery County is expected to gain 232,000 new residents over the next 30 years. Currently, Montgomery’s traffic tests measures whether development leads to people driving faster rather than whether development leads to more people driving. Reforming this practice could help discourage sprawl.

Montgomery County Planning Department is considering adopting less auto-centric traffic evaluations. A possible solution might be using theĀ Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) standard, which measures how many miles residents are actually driving– not just speeds at arbitrary intersections.

Read more about how the current traffic tests work and how possible solutions would help at Greater Greater Washington.