What are the BMPs?
The acronym BMP (Best Management Practices) is replacing TSM (transportation system management), TDM (transportation demand management) and TCM (transportation control measures) to describe the familiar list of strategies to minimize transportation impacts, fuel consumption and emissions. It includes the usual network management, auto trip reduction incentives and pricing strategies to reduce VMT while preserving quality of service.

Why are they important?

  1. SB375 Requirements: Based on the recommendations of the SB 375 Regional Targets Advisory Committee (RTAC) all 18 California MPOs will begin developing a list of integrated land use and transportation BMPs in early 2010 to accompany their GHG target proposals under SB 375.  But it’s more than the simple list. The RTAC recommended to ARB that the BMP be converted into an analytical spreadsheet tool to estimate reductions from a specific strategy or set of strategies in a particular setting. This would allow MPOs and local jurisdictions to make GHG reduction policy choices based on available research and empirical studies on the likely impacts on VMT and GHG reductions.
  2. Other Requirements: AQ conformity issues, CEQA review protocols
  3. Aspirations: energy conservation, health and safety, mobility vs. v/c ratio, green marketing, market expansion (aging demographics, other “choice” and dependent groups)
  4. $$ Motives: state and regional funding incentive programs, federal funding for “livability” criteria, reduced infrastructure

Fehr & Peers BMP Projects
Through conducting a comprehensive literature review, discussing with BMP experts, and coordinating with the Air Resources Board, Fehr and Peers identified a prioritized list of transportation-related GHG reduction measures, assessing the effectiveness of each measure, and quantified the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and GHG reduction potential.  A standard methodology and approach to calculate baseline unmitigated emissions was also developed.  The result of this work is a statewide guidebook for CAPCOA to reference in the review of development projects in the CEQA process.


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