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Why you WANT a bad grade from traffic engineers

More Level of Service? Yup. It’s an important topic for people to understand.

File this under “know your rights”.

Level of Service is a way transportation planners and engineers decide if a street is big enough for speeding cars. It’s actually a terrific model for measuring speed. Level of Service A means speedy car traffic and terrifying walking conditions.

The Level of Service grades are NOT like school grades! That’s tricky, I know. It’s quite intentional. The creators had highways in mind and they WANTED you to compare the grades to what you expect in school.

But there’s hope. You DO NOT NEED to be stuck with Level of Service metrics. The big authorities — US Dept of Transportation and AASHTO — say that urbanized areas should be designed for grades of D and E.

Remember this: the Level of Service grades are NOT like school grades!

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