Missing Traffic Graph

One of the many developer mailings dealt with traffic issues. It included graphs that tried to minimize the traffic impact of the development, but an important one was missing:

traffic-times

The figures come from the technical transportation memorandum submitted1  to the City in September.

The graph shows the average delay during the AM and PM peak traffic times at the 3 existing intersections with Highway 1. With the development, the delay at Reina Del Mar would increase by 66.5 seconds (58%) in the morning and 52.3 seconds (90%) in the afternoon. The afternoon delay at Rockaway Beach/Fassler would increase by 36.7 seconds (61%).

The developer’s mailer showed the added trips generated by the development, but this view of traffic is misleading. As large as the development is, with a 4-story, 206 apartment complex and an 85-foot tall, 200 room hotel, it is still smaller than the all the surrounding residences and businesses that contribute to Highway 1 traffic. Naturally, the added trip count will be small by comparison.

The more important number is the added delay caused by the development, since that is what directly affects all of us. And by that measure, the picture is not as bright as the scenes shown in the developer’s stock photos.

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