|Calling Burt Macklin...|
It's well known to anyone following recent master plan processes in the County that current traffic studies are designed to give lowball estimates, and passing grades to clearly-failing intersections. When the results of these "studies" are presented at community meetings, they are met with laughter worthy of a sitcom audience. In fact, as Councilmember Marc Elrich has recounted for years, he once witnessed an independent, accurate traffic analysis of Montgomery County being performed. When only the plans already approved were entered into the program, the roadway and transit infrastructure was so overwhelmed, it caused the whole program to crash.
Now the Planning Board will do what it does best - thumb its collective nose at the very taxpayers who fund their salaries, work and this particularly seedy agenda item. Instead of announcing that it is researching how to make traffic studies more accurate, the Board has the chutzpah to declare that "research shows that traffic studies typically overestimate the impact of mixed-use development by 35 percent. This study will apply a new tool to different plan areas to more precisely predict traffic generation."
Say what? We're supposed to believe the same study results that are so wrong they make people laugh are actually overestimating traffic by 35%?
Is that "new tool" another fistful of cash under the table from developers? We almost certainly won't know until the FBI investigates the Montgomery County Planning Department and Planning Board.