On Wednesday, August 16th, the Winchester Neighborhood Action Coalition (WNAC) hosted a meeting with the Department of Transportation to discuss the change in how traffic will be analyzed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A state law passed in 2013 requires cities to stop using vehicle delay at intersections, or level of service (LOS), when analyzing traffic impacts. The state has issued guidelines for a new way to measure traffic called “vehicle miles traveled” (VMT). The City of San José is in the process of implementing the shift from LOS to VMT when measuring traffic and is currently seeking feedback and input regarding the process and change. The goal in the shift from LOS to VMT is to stop measuring traffic with a metric (i.e. LOS) that is reliant on expanding intersections, and to use a metric (i.e. VMT) that supports smart growth, or growth that aligns with our General Plan to support development in places next to amenities and transit.