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M-NCPPC Local Area Transportation Review Guidelines Page 1
T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
 
I. Introduction
 A.
 
Background 4
 
B.
 
Policy Areas 4
 
C.
 
Local Area Transportation Review andPolicy Area Mobility Review Standards 4
 
D.
 
Policy Area Mobility Review 7
 
E.
 
Relationship Between Policy Area Mobility Review andLocal Area Transportation Review 9
 
II. Criteria for Screening Cases for Local Area Transportation Review
 A.
 
Significantly Sized Project 11
 
B.
 
Congestion Standards 14
 
C.
 
Exceptions to the General Guidelines 14
 
III.
 
Method and Preparation of Local Area Transportation Review Traffic Study
A.
 
General Criteria and Analytical Techniques 16
 
B.
 
Scope of LATR/PAMR Traffic and Transportation Study 17 
IV. Finding for Inadequate Facilities
A.
 
Transportation Solutions 22
 
B.
 
Degree of Local Congestion 24
 
C.
 
Unavoidable Congestion 24
 
D.
 
Transportation Demand Management Strategies 24
 
E.
 
Project-Related Traffic 24
 
F.
 
Queuing Analysis 25
 
V. Procedures for Application in the Central Business Districtand Metro Station Policy Areas
 A.
 
Adequacy of Traffic Flows 26
 
B.
 
Site Access and Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety 26
 
C.
 
Other Criteria 27
 
D.
 
Information Provided by Staff 27
 
E.
 
Traffic Mitigation Agreement 28
 
F.
 
Participation in Transportation Improvements 28
 
VI.
 
Methods to Reduce Local Area Transportation Review Impact
 A.
 
Methods to Reduce LATR or PAMR Impact For Residentialand Non-Residential Development 29
 
B.
 
Procedures for Applying Section VI - Trip Reduction Methods 33
 
C.
 
Payment Instead of Construction 33
 
VII. Assigning Values to Traffic Study Factors
 A.
 
Capital Improvements Program Definition 34
 
B.
 
Trip Generation 34
 
C.
 
Peak Hour 35
 
D.
 
Trip Distribution 35
 
E.
 
Directional Split 35
 
F.
 
Trip Assignment 35
 
G.
 
Critical Lane Volume Analysis 36
 
H.
 
Traffic Data 36
 
 
 
Page 2 Local Area Transportation Review Guidelines M-NCPPC 
I.
 
Adequate Accommodation of Traffic 36
 
J.
 
Critical Lane Volume Method 37
 
K.
 
Required Traffic Study Submittals to SatisfyLocal Area Transportation Review 39
 
VIII.
 
Policy Area Mobility Review
 A. Background 41B. PAMR Trip Reduction/Mitigation 44Appendix A: Weekday Peak Hour Trip Generation Formulas and Rates forLocal Area Transportation Review 47
 
Appendix B: Weekday Peak Hour Trips Generated by Land Uses forLocal Area Transportation Review 53
 
Appendix C: Weekday Peak Hour Trip Generation Rates andDirectional Splits for the Bethesda, Friendship Heights,and Silver Spring CBDs 59
 
Appendix D: Trip Distribution and Traffic Assignment Guidelines 61
 
Appendix E: Procedure Delegating Certain APF Findings to Staff at Time of Building Permit 72
 
M-NCPPC Local Area Transportation Review Guidelines Page 3
M
APS,
 
F
IGURES,
 
and
 
T
ABLES
 
Map 1Montgomery County, Maryland Annual Growth Policy Areas ..................................................................... 5Table 1LATR Intersection Congestion Standards by Policy Area ............................................................................ 6Figure 1PAMR for Montgomery County
………………………………………………………
...................................................... 8Table 2Trip Mitigation Required by Policy
Area…………………………………
................................................................ 9Table 3PAMR and LATR Approaches to Mitigating Unacceptable Impacts ........................................................ 11Figure 2Checklist for Determining the Completeness of Traffic Studies.............................................................. 12Table 4Signalized Intersections to be Included in a Traffic Study ........................................................................ 18Table 5Graduated and Maximum Trip Credits Related to Congestion Standards ............................................. 32
 
Table 6Montgomery County Lane Use Factors ........................................................................................................ 37Table 7Critical Volume Calculations .......................................................................................................................... 38Table 8Relativ
e Arterial Mobility and Arterial LOS……………………………………
...................................................... 41Table 9Re
lative Transit Mobility and Transit LOS………………………………
...........................................................
…42
 Table 10
Equivalency Between Transit LOS and Arterial LOS……………………….
..................................................... 42Table 11
Trip Mitigation Required by Policy Area…………………………………
.........................................................
…..43
 Table 12
PAMR Mitigation Options for Providing Roadway Capacity………
..............................................
………….46
 

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