What is Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)?

Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) measures the amount and distance a proposed development project might cause people to drive. The diagrams below illustrate how VMT is measured.

VMT Drawing Explination

Typically, development located farther from retail, office, and other uses and with poor access to transit, generates more driving than development situated close to complementary uses and transit. VMT analysis seeks to minimize how much people travel by car by locating projects in already developed areas with diverse land uses and encouraging non-vehicle travel (e.g., walking, biking, transit, etc.). VMT prioritizes access to destinations rather than dependence on cars for travel.

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1. What is CEQA?
2. How does CEQA require public agencies to measure transportation impacts?
3. What is Level of Service (LOS)?
4. What is Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)?
5. Why is the City changing its method for analyzing transportation impacts?
6. What does this mean for the City of Milpitas's ongoing current and long-range planning efforts?
7. What is the timeline for these changes?
8. Does my ability to engage in land use and transportation decisions change?
9. How will this change impact the City's ability to ask developers for transportation investments?
10. How will the CEQA process change?
11. Will the shift to VMT make it easier or harder to develop in my neighborhood?
12. How will the shift to VMT impact new development projects?
13. How will this change impact housing and housing affordability?
14. How does this change impact the environment?
15. What are the impacts o business?
16. How are transportation impacts minimized or mitigated now compared to before?
17. How will this change impact parking?