TCM Task Force

Welcome to the Transportation Capacity and Mobility Task Force site.  The Highway Capacity Task Force is a group of transportation professionals working together to foster a sharing of ideas and creation of a common understanding of current highway and transportation challenges in the San Diego Area.  Here you will find information on the TCM Task Force in the San Diego Area, including what they are about and other happenings.

You can start by reading their Mission Statement here.

Methodology for VMT Calculations using SANDAG Regional Travel Demand Model

Over the last few years, a technical white paper titled Vehicle Miles Traveled Calculations Using the SANDAG Regional Travel Demand Model has been developed and finalized by the Task Force.  The main contributing authors were Mike Calandra, Cara Leone Hilgesen, Andy Schlaefli, and Allison King.

SANTEC/ITE Traffic Impact Study Guidelines

Download a copy of the latest SANTEC/ITE Guidelines for Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) in the San Diego Region here.

SB 743 Draft Guidelines

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 743 (Steinberg, 2013), which creates a process to change the way that transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA. Specifically, SB 743 requires the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to amend the CEQA Guidelines to provide an alternative to LOS for evaluating transportation impacts. Particularly within areas served by transit, those alternative criteria must “promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of multimodal transportation networks, and a diversity of land uses.” (New Public Resources Code Section 21099(b)(1).) Measurements of transportation impacts may include “vehicle miles traveled, vehicle miles traveled per capita, automobile trip generation rates, or automobile trips generated.” (Ibid.) Once the CEQA Guidelines are amended to include those alternative criteria, auto delay will no longer be considered a significant impact under CEQA. (Id. at subd. (b)(2).) Transportation impacts related to air quality, noise and safety must still be analyzed under CEQA where appropriate. (Id. at subd. (b)(3).) SB 743 also amended congestion management law to allow cities and counties to opt out of LOS standards within certain infill areas. (See Amended Government Code Sections 65088.1 and 65088.4.) Aside from changes to transportation analysis, SB 743 also included several important changes to CEQA that apply to transit oriented developments, including aesthetics and parking.

At the request of the Western District of ITE, San Diego Section TCM Task Force Chair Erik Ruehr spearheaded efforts to draft a formal letter to California’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). The letter was a collection of considerations from ITE members from around the Western District responding to the draft guidelines in August of 2014 and raised legitimate issues for OPR to address. After much anticipation, the second draft was released in January of 2016. Erik will once again lead effort to construct a response letter to represent ITE member concerns regarding the proposed guidelines. The comment period will end February 29th, 2016.

The revised proposal on Updates to the CEQA Guidelines (re: SB 743) released on Jan. 20th, 2016 can be found here:

Erik presented to the Transportation Capacity and Mobility Task Force on February 1, 2016.  You can find a copy of the presentation here.

Click here to view a copy of the response letter sent to OPR from ITE.