Las Vegas 5: A dilemma of its own design, cont’d

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There is one over-riding imperative in transportation management on the Las Vegas Strip:  keep the traffic moving.

Las Vegas has bet that it can accommodate ever more vehicles and people – but this gambling town may be reaching its limit: they’ve maxxed out on traffic lanes for vehicles; now they’re trying to squeeze space on the sidewalks for pedestrians.

Last November, the jurisdiction responsible for the Strip, Clark County, received a study that measured what’s happening on their sidewalks:

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Ped Study

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The study is rooted in research from the 1970s and 80s – and it shows.  Pedestrians are seen as another form of vehicle, and the analysis assumes the primary purpose of walking is speed.

 …speed is an important level-of-service criterion because it can be easily observed and measured, and because it is a descriptor of the service pedestrians perceive …

So they used a motordom measurement – Level of Service (LOS) – and gave grades to predestrian flow: A to F…

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