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Wrigley Gameday Traffic Management Plan

Wrigley Gameday Traffic Management Plan

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Wrigley Field Gameday Operations
Traffic Management Plan
Prepared for the Chicago CubsJuly 15, 2013
Mr. Mark de la VergneMr. John McCormack, P.E., PTOEMr. Peter Wojtkiewicz, P.E., PTOE
505 N LaSalle | Ste. 300 | Chicago, Illinois | 60654 | 773.305.0800 | www.samschwartz.com
 
 
Wrigley Field Gameday Traffic and Parking Management Plan 
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1.Executive Summary
The unique, urban location of Wrigley Field offers numerous benefits to the residents and businesses of Lakeview. Located in the heart of the thriving North Side neighborhood, the Friendly Confines providesmany advantages by bringing potential customers to area businesses and highlighting the neighborhood toa worldwide audience, many of whom come to visit to tour the ballpark even on non-game days. The presence of Wrigley Field is highlighted by real estate professionals who have named the community“Wrigleyville” to honor the home of the Cubs and to help give the area a unique identity which has become synonymous with one of the most attractive places to live in all Chicago. Wrigley Field offers aworld class venue to residents who enjoy baseball, music and other events.Wrigley Field is also unique among major league stadiums and arenas with respect to transportation.Almost every other professional sports ballpark and venue in the United States is situated amid anabundance of parking and in close proximity to interstate highways; Wrigley Field is neither. Both theCubs and the neighborhood have thrived over the years by managing traffic and parking congestion. Oneof the reasons for this is the many fans who choose not to drive to Wrigley Field because of their knowledge of the relative absence of parking around the ballpark. By adopting the recommendations inthis report, traffic management can be enhanced and the ballpark and currently-proposed development canthrive without additional adverse traffic impact on the community.This traffic and management plan was conducted by Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) for the ChicagoCubs. The study was compiled with input from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), theOffice of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC), the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA),Pace and neighborhood expertise, including Chester Kropidlowski who has decades of experience inWrigley Field traffic operations. We thank all those who helped for their input.The Cubs can reduce the impact on the neighborhood’s traffic and parking system in two ways: (1) byreducing the number of fans who drive and park at the game; and, (2) by reducing the amount of time fanswho are driving remain in the neighborhood.This plan addresses the existing gameday traffic and parking operations at Wrigley Field, as well as newstrategies to encourage more ticket holders to use the existing Remote Parking facility and take transit.The Cubs have committed to reviewing this plan with CDOT on an annual basis.The following are the primary conclusions of the traffic management plan:
 
 New traffic signals should be installed on Clark Street at Waveland Avenue, School Street, and Roscoe Street and an interconnect system should be installed on Clark Street, between BelmontAvenue and Irving Park Road.
 
Eliminating the fee for remote parking and improving the marketing of this option will further reduce the number of cars which drive and park in the vicinity of Wrigley Field.
 
 
Wrigley Field Gameday Traffic and Parking Management Plan 
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The Cubs can increase the manner in which they encourage fans to take transit to games instead of driving. For those fans who do drive, Cubs can offer parking solutions online and at the time of ticket purchase to reduce the amount of driving through the neighborhood looking for parking.There will always be traffic congestion around Wrigley Field during Cubs games. Understanding theissues is important and helps to isolate which hours and traffic patterns pose the greatest challenge.Implementing the suggestions in this study offers an approach to help move traffic and people out of theneighborhood more quickly.

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