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TMP process

From: domainremoved <John>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:17:06 -0700

Dear City Council members -

Regarding your TMP deliberations:

What is now key is 1) taking stock and 2) given that, determining how best to go forward.
With that in mind, there’s a significant ambiguity in the staff report. It’s about ‘reaffirming goals’.

- For transportation project outcomes, Yes, the overall goals of mobility, safety and sustainability can be affirmed as primary TMP objectives.

- However, there are also goals of the TMP process, its approach and products. The current prioritization criteria and ranking process are poorly thought out, ambiguous and incomplete. These should not be ‘affirmed’. TMP goals, process, metrics and products need to be clarified and reset to be transparent and useful. We don’t need vague, generic rankings of 170+ mostly disorganized projects. The grouping by cost / complexity is a start but provides little transportation policy perspective. We need a process for organizing projects into useful, contrasting strategies , and a robust approach for understanding and estimating outcomes. Only then are we ready to make hard trade offs. We need honesty, clarity and insight regarding regional versus local influences and control. The process , contrary to everything so far, has to accommodate and clarify competing interests. A further set of process steps and checkpoints is essential to develop credible recommendations. That includes validating dec
ision aids, like a ranking process, before being rushed into use without community and city council buy-in.
 The valuable work to date of data collection, project concepts and city-wide mapping is a good foundation and will be best used by resetting the TMP process moving forward.

Sincerely ,
John Kadvany / College Avenue
Received on Mon Mar 25 2019 - 21:12:41 PDT

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