Auto-Centric Suburb Considers Making Developers Pay More for Transit, Walking

Traffic congestion in Bethesda, Maryland (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Traffic congestion in Bethesda, Maryland (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Montgomery County, Maryland, is considering changing how it measures the transportation impact of proposed development, focusing — for the first time — on how accessible new buildings would be to transit rather than how many vehicles they would add to roads. Planners propose focusing on how many jobs would be reachable within a one-hour walkable transit trip of a new development, rather than the amount of traffic it would generate.

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