You Get What You Measure

The indefatigable Todd Litman has a guest piece on Planetizen reviewing the many ways we can measure the performance of our transportation systems.

This discussion is an excellent prelude for developing performance measures for Portland’s update to our Comprehensive Plan, in which I hope we will find a much better measure than “LOS” (Level of Service), which measures vehicles, not people or economic value.

What measures would you suggest we employ in the next Comp Plan? Perhaps our New Year’s resolution should be to find better metrics?