The Mobility Implementation Plan is a new long-range planning framework developed with input from the public and City Council approval. The purpose of the MIP is to ensure the various transportation plans are compatible with each other and with the city’s land use plan. It will help the city make decisions on project investments based on what people want in their transportation system and the quality of life they expect.
New approach to mobility
An important element of the Mobility Implementation Plan is its approach to transportation “concurrency.” Concurrency is a requirement of the state Growth Management Act, which calls for cities and counties to adopt transportation system planning that accommodates anticipated growth. The Act does not prescribe a method for doing that; it leaves that to local jurisdictions.
The MIP expands the former “vehicle level-of-service” standard – based solely on vehicle capacity at specified intersections – to include other transportation modes. This new approach is called “multimodal,” and considers additional modes of travel – such as transit, bicycling and walking – along with vehicles, to determine transportation concurrency.
Multimodal concurrency is meant to ensure the “supply” of mobility provided by all modes of transportation infrastructure is adequate to support the forecast “demand” for mobility spurred by new development. The expected community benefit of this multimodal approach would be a more equitable, sustainable way to identify, prioritize and fund transportation system projects.
- Mobility Implementation Plan report, volumes 1 and 2 (April 2022)