SPUR Forum: Easing Environmental Analysis for Transit-First Projects

  • One upshot of the Bike Plan EIR debacle is that it informed decision makers that some of the segments will indeed have environmental impacts other than degradation of auto Level of Service (LOS).

    Several segments that remove lanes of traffic for bike lanes will slow down the MUNI which is a significant environmental impact as defined by CEQA.

    Sure, auto LOS is a proxy for other theoretical environmental impacts, but as we try to dig MUNI out of a hole while facing unprecedented economic headwinds and rezoning for more garages under luxury condos throughout the east side, it is environmentally reckless to continue to kill MUNI through a death of a thousand cars, er cuts.

    It was Jake McGoldrick who took the ‘T’ our of TOD; count on Jake to take a “government relations” position with one of the larger builders once the one year ban on lobbying expires.

    -marc

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