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South Boston Waterfront

Sustainable Transportation Plan


Community Meeting
Tynan School
December 8, 2014

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Please Note:
This detailed presentation of the DRAFT recommendations of the South Boston Waterfront
Sustainable Transportation Plan was made on December 8, 2014 at the Tynan School in South
Boston. The presentation was followed up with questions and discussion among the meeting
participants. At the close of the meeting, participants requested a copy of the presentation to be
able to further study the DRAFT recommendations. Please be advised that another meeting that
will present similar content will be held on December 18, 2014 at the Boston Convention &
Exhibition Center and will provide another opportunity to comment on the Plan.

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South Boston Waterfront


Vision
TheSustainableTransportationPlanseekstorealizethefulltransformationoftheSouth
BostonWaterfronttoadistinctandvibrantneighborhoodwithintheCityofBoston.A
neighborhoodthat:
Supportsabroadcrosssectionoftheregion'seconomicdrivers:

Traditionalmaritimeandindustrialtrades

Innovativeeconomy/incubatorbusinesses

Financial,legal,andtechnologysectors

Conventionandtourismbusinessandrelatedservices

Artsandculture

ProvidesresidentialspaceandqualityoflifeforadiversityofBoston'sresidents.
Isaworldrenowned,memorable,andaccessibledestinationfortourists,conventioneers,
andothervisitors,alike.

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South Boston Waterfront


Sustainable Transportation Plan Goals
Develop a Sustainable Transportation Plan that supports the 21st
Century South Boston Waterfront area and:
Improvesaccessandmobilityforall
Supportseconomicgrowthandvitality
Reinforcessustainablepoliciesand
programs
Enhancesthepublicrealm
Contributesenvironmentalandhealth
benefits
Investssmartlyforthefuture

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Study Area and Impact Area


Key Corridors

FARRAGUTROAD

EastWest
NorthSouth
DayBoulevard&
Broadway
TruckRoutes
Gateways

BROADWAY

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ThousandSquareFeet(Bldg.)

South Boston Waterfront Forecasted Development


Growth (2013 to 2035)

51MSF
55,000
50,000
45,000
40,000
35,000
30,000
25,000
20,000
15,000
10,000
5,000
0

41MSF
24MSF

2013

2035

Additional17MSF(72%)by2035
Additional27MSF(112%)atBuildout

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Buildout

Characterizing Future Transportation Needs


EXISTINGPEAKPERIODPERSON
TRIPSBYMODE(2013)
84,300TRIPS

+63%

(5,100Trips)

FORECASTEDPEAKPERIODPERSON
TRIPSBYMODE(BASELINE2035)*
137,500TRIPS
Bike,4%

Bike,3%

Vehicle,36%

Vehicle,46%

Walk,24%

Walk,33%

(45,800Trips)

Transit,27%

WalkandBikemodesharesestimatedbasedonBostondatafrom
AmericanCommuterSurveyReports20082012

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*Projecteddemandsnotaccountingforplanalternatives

Transit,27%

Key Transportation Themes Emerging


Expand Access to and Capacity of Transit
Enhance Pedestrian Environment and Ensure Connectivity
Improve Operations and Safety on the Local Street Network
Improve Access to/from Regional Highway System, for Trucks
and Private Vehicles
Complete Bicycle Connections

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Recommendations (Draft)
Transportation issues,
opportunities, and needs and
formulation of these
recommendations evolved from:
Thorough review of data
Compilation of concerns and
desired outcomes identified by
key project stakeholders
Review of practices and
innovations elsewhere
Testing and screening of many
ideas and strategies

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Recommendations (Draft)
Organized by:
Immediate/Short-term 0 to 3 Years
Medium-term
3 to 10 Years
Long-term
10 to 20 Years
Timelines will ultimately be dependent
on priority setting and funding

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Recommendations (Draft)
Addressing Needs:
Expand Community Connections
Improve Regional Access
Enhance Internal Waterfront Mobility
Implement Supportive Management
Strategies and Policies
Maintain State of Good Repair

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Expand Community Connections


Transit
Pedestrian
Bicycle
Local Street Operations

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Expand Community Connections:


Key Issues
Transit to/from South
Boston
Poor connections
between fastest growing
parts of South Boston
and Waterfront.
Services have not kept
pace with growth and
evolving demands.
Weekend/evening
services are limited.

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Expand Community Connections:


Key Issues
Transit to/from South
Boston
Improved connections from
Broadway and Andrew
Stations could:
Capture the underserved
residential populations in
the vicinity of these
stations, and

South
Station

Broadway

Serve to off-load Silver


Line demands in nearterm.
Andrew

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Access to Broadway Station
Short-term
New bus (consolidated
shuttle route): Broadway to
South Station via A Street

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Access to Andrew Station
Short-term
New bus route Andrew to
Silver Line Way via D Street
Requires bus contraflow
access at Old Colony and
between W. 1st and 2nd
Streets
Broadway

Andrew

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Expand Community Connections:


Key Issues
Transit to/from Back Bay
Underserved markets to the
Waterfront:
Trips from the Bay Back
Areas served by the
Orange Line from the
south, and
Green Line from the west

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Cross Town Access
Medium-term
New Bus Route:
Back Bay/Broadway/Boston
Marine Industrial Park
New Bus Route:
Ruggles to Waterfront via
Melnea Cass and South
Boston Bypass Road

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Expand Community Connections:


Key Issue
Pedestrian Connections
Projected growth in walk/bike trips
(2035 AM + PM Peak Periods)

Pedestrians represent 90% of this


demand

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Expand Community Connections:


Key Issues
Improve Pedestrian
Environment/Public Realm:
Gaps or inconsistencies exist
where development projects come
together.
Pedestrian routes from inland to
the water and Harborwalk are just
beginning to evolve.
Phasing of pedestrian/streetscape
improvements on critical east-west
and north-south streets important

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Seaport District Pedestrian Environment/ Public Realm
Short-term

NorthernAvenue

Northern Avenue and Seaport


Boulevard (w. of East Service Rd.)
Improve Silver Line Courthouse
Station

SeaportBoulevard

Medium to Long-term
WTCAvenue

Rehabilitate Northern Avenue Bridge


Enhance World Trade Center
Avenue/WTC Station connectivity

SummerStreet

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Fort Point District Pedestrian Environment/Public Realm
Short-term
A Street/Boston Wharf Road/Sleeper
and Thompson Place (one way pair)
connectivity
Medium to Long-term
Improve pedestrian and bicycle
connections to/from Broadway
Station
Improve vertical connections
between Summer Street and Boston
Wharf Road, Congress Street
Citys 100 Acre Plan

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Fort Point District Pedestrian Environment/Public Realm
Reopen Dorchester Avenue (Medium to Long-term)
Improves community connectivity, north/south
mobility, and channel crossings
Measurable benefit to A Street
Dorchester Ave would carry volumes in the
future comparable to Congress Street bridge
today
Reduces demand on Summer Street bridge
Plan requires right-of-way acquisition from the
U.S. Post Office

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Port District Pedestrian Environment/Public Realm
Short-term
Drydock Ave. and Cruiseport
to/from Silver Line/Seaport
District Wayfinding and
Streetscape
Medium to Long-term
Strengthen Seaport
Boulevard/ Northern
Avenue/BMIP connection
Complete Pappas Way/Harbor
connection

BlackFalcon
Cruiseport

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Pedestrian/bicycle connection
E. 1st Street from Pappas Way
to Farragut Rd.

Expand Community Connections:


Improve Convention Center District Pedestrian Environment/Public
Realm
Shortterm
Improvepedestrianand
bicycleaccommodationson
SummerStreetbetweenFort
PointandLStreet
ExtendEStreettoSummer
Street
MediumtoLongterm
MakeDStreetaspecialplace
forpedestrians,bicyclists,and
transituserswithactivestreet
useandopenspace

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Expand Community Connections:


Improve Access to Broadway Station (Medium-term)
Mediumterm
Enhancepedestrianandbicycle
connectionsandwayfinding to
AStreet,DStreet,and
DorchesterAvenue

Broadway

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Expand Community Connections: Key Issue


Existing bicycle connections along key corridors lack definition and continuity.

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Expand Community Connections:


Future Bicycle Network (Medium to Long-term)

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Expand Community Connections: Key Issues


Roadway Access
South Boston streets provide
access within the South Boston
neighborhood, as well as to the
Waterfront area and Downtown.
Key Plan Objective: Maintaining
balance between vehicular
mobility and protecting the
adjacent South Boston
neighborhood from cut-through
traffic during key morning and
evening peak periods

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Roadway Focus within Impact Area

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Expand Community Connections: Thomas Butler


Freight Corridor (Underway/Short-term)

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Expand Community Connections: Cypher Street to E


Street and E Street to Summer Street (Short-term)

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Expand Community Connections: Haul Road, Pappas


Way, and Drydock Avenue Connectors (Medium-term)

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Expand Community Connections: Expand Access


to South Boston Bypass Road
Examinedmultipleoptions
alongSouthBostonBypass
Road:
Leaveasis
Partialaccess
Eastboundorwestbound
fullaccess
Fullaccesstoalltraffic

Optionsarecurrentlybeing
vettedbystateandCity
agencies;discussing
demonstrationproject
Restrictedtocommercialtraffic
betweenW.ServiceRd.Extension
andtheI93FrontageRoad

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Circulation Changes Analyzed


within Impact Area
RemoveDStreetCircuitBreakers
Canbeaccommodatedwith
minimalnetworklevelimpacts
Furtherreviewwarranted:
Openfortransitonly
Openforallusers(with
trafficcalmingmeasures)
AddLStreetCircuitBreakers
Resultsinsignificantdiversions
tootherlocalstreets
Trafficoperationalimprovements
onlyarerecommended

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Expand Community Connections:


Safety and Operational Improvements on Local Street Network
Short to Medium-term
(Systemwide)

Improve crosswalk
visibility/striping
Improve lane
markings/turning lanes
Neckdowns and/or minor
geometric improvements
Concurrent pedestrian
phasing, where
appropriate

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Pedestrian Crossing Phasing


Exclusive

Concurrent(WhereAppropriate)

Source:BostonCompleteStreets

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Expand Community Connections:


Day Boulevard Safety and Operational Improvements
Recent improvements
implemented by DCR
Next Step
Complete a road safety audit
along corridor to confirm
improvements
Short to Medium-term
Localized intersection
improvements
Road Diet between L
Street and Farragut to:
Calm traffic
Improve pedestrian and
bicycle accommodation

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Improve Access/Egress at Regional Bottlenecks to


Minimize Neighborhood Traffic Intrusion
MediumtoLongterm
I93Southbound
FrontageRoadSystem
Improvements
(MassDOT)
Kosciuszko
Circle/Morrissey
Boulevard
Improvements(DCR)

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Improve Regional Access


Transit
Highway/Arterial Street Operations

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Improve Regional Access: Key Issues


Transit
Increasing reliance on
transit overtaxing a
system that is at or
nearing capacity.
Transit system fails to
provide convenient
connections for many.

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Remember Neighborhood Scale

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Improve Regional Access: Key Issue


Waterfront is Underserved by Transit
PeakPeriodTransitCapacity/Hour

About5percentofdowntowntransitseats

SilverLineWestbound
SilverLineEastbound
CRSouthStation

SouthStation:
Accesswithone
transfer

RedLineNorthbound
RedLineSouthbound
CRNorthStation
GreenLineWestbound
GreenLineNorthbound
OrangeLineSouthbound
OrangeLineNorthbound
BlueLineWestbound
BlueLineEastbound

2,000

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4,000

6,000

8,000

10,000

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12,000

14,000

16,000

18,000

20,000

Improve Regional Access: Key Issue - Transit


Options Limited to Some Regions
Chelsea1%ofTrips
TransitModeShare57%

North16%ofTrips
TransitModeShare22%

BostonCore9%ofTrips
TransitModeShare28%
EastBoston1% ofTrips
TransitModeShare72%

West/Inner West20%ofTrips
TransitModeShare43%

Southwest10%of Trips
TransitModeShare23%

OtherS.Boston9%ofTrips
TransitModeShare24%

InnerSouth 7%ofTrips
TransitModeShare42%

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Note:Basedon2013AM+PMpeakperiodtrips.

Southeast9%ofTrips
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TransitModeShare22%

Transitaccesstothe
Waterfrontvaries
significantly andreflects
currentaccessoptions:
Strengths:
RedLine(InnerN/S)
EastBoston
Chelsea
Opportunities:
NorthSideAccess
OtherSouthBoston
South/Southeast
Southwest

Improve Regional Access: Key Issues


Highways/Arterials
Deficiencies in highway/
arterial street operations:
o Impact access to the
Waterfront, including
the working port
o Cause delays, and
o Potentially divert traffic
onto local streets.

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Improve Regional Access: Themes


Improve Silver Line Operations and Capacity
Improve Access to North
Enhance Water Connections
Provide New Transit Connections
Improve Vehicular Access/Egress at Gateways

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Regional Access: Improve Silver Line


Operations and Capacity
PhaseinSilverLineimprovementsasdemandgrows.Withoutactionservice
willbewellovercapacityandimpedegrowthlongterm.
ExistingandFuturePeakHourDemandandCapacity*
4,000
3,516
3,500
3,000
2,405

2,500
2,118
2,000

1,902
1,355

1,500
1,000
500

821

708
256

211

2013 2035

2013 2035

2013 2035

2013 2035

AMInbound

AMOutbound

PMInbound

PMOutbound

2035

Existing(2013)

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Future(2035)

*Priortoanyfurthermodeshift

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MaxCapacity

Chelsea

Regional Access:
Improve Silver Line
Operations and Capacity

East
Boston

Short-term (Underway)
Extension to Chelsea

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Regional Access: Improve Silver Line


Operations and Capacity
Short-term
Operational enhancements
(signal priority at D, I-90
Emergency Ramp access in
PM, enhanced supervision,
etc.)
Supplemental bus
connections to Red Line
(previously discussed)

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Regional Access: Improve Silver Line


Operations and Capacity
Medium to Long-term
Procure new fleet of single
mode, articulated buses
Silver line tunnel under D
Street with new Silver Line
Way Station
Restore SL3 service (in
conjunction with Route 7
modifications)

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Regional Access: Improve Silver Line Operations


and Capacity
Long-term
Silver Line Extension
(Phase 3) to Dudley Square
with Orange (Chinatown)
and Green (Boylston) Line
Connections

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Improve Access to North: Private Shuttle


Consolidation (Short-term)

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Improve Access to North: Water Shuttle to


North Station (Short-term)

LovejoyWharf

North
Station

FanPierLanding

South
Station

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Improve Access to North: Medium to Long-term


North
Station

Bus Priority Route


between North
Station and
Waterfront

LovejoyWharf

Water Shuttle from


World Trade
Center

FanPierLanding

South
Station

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WorldTradeCenter

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Enhance Water Connections: Catchment Areas


FanPierLanding
ExistingMarket:32,880
2035BaseMarket:49,370

WorldTradeCenter
ExistingMarket:36,580
2035BaseMarket:58,960

BMIP
ExistingMarket:6,210
2035BaseMarket:11,100

Note:AM+PMpeakperiodpersontrips(notincluding
otherHOVandotherSOV).

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Enhance Water Connections: Medium to Long-term

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Regional Access: Provide New Transit


Connections
MediumtoLong
term:
UrbanRailService:
FairmounttoSouth
Station
UrbanRailService:
BackBayWaterfront

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Improve Regional Access: Issue


Traffic Growth in Study Area

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AMPeak8:00to9:00AM
PMPeak5:00to6:00PM

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Improve Vehicular Access/Egress at Gateways:


Downtown Seaport Boulevard (Short-term)
Make Oliver Street
between Purchase and
Atlantic at Seaport Blvd.
one-way eastbound
Adds capacity to
Purchase Street ramp
and westbound on
Seaport Blvd.
Improves truck access
Improves pedestrian
crossings

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Improve Vehicular Access/Egress at Gateways: I-90


Access (Short-term)

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Improve Vehicular Access/Egress at Gateways:


Downtown - Northern Avenue (Medium to Long-term)
Doing nothing is not an option
Critical pedestrian/bicycle link to
Rose Kennedy Greenway and the
Downtown
Historic structure
Need to maintain water access to
Fort Point Channel
Long-term: Accommodate
pedestrians, bicyclists, and
vehicular movements

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Enhance Internal Waterfront Mobility

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Enhance Internal Waterfront Mobility

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Northern Avenue and Seaport Blvd.


Improvements (Short-term)
NorthernAvenue

SeaportBoulevard

Provides enhanced bicycle/pedestrian access


Potential to divert 400/450 (am/pm) trips from Seaport Boulevard
with the reopening of Northern Avenue bridge

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Expand Community Connections: Improve Silver


Line Stations (Short-term)
F. StationWayfindingonSummerat
Stairs
G. OpenVerticalAccesstoPublic
H. StationWayfindingatSeaportLn
I. StationWayfinding(i.e.,Cross
Street)onCongress
J. ImprovePedestrianCrossingatRamp
K. ImprovePedestrianCrossingatRamp
L. BicycleAccommodationonWTCBlvd
M. ImprovePedestrianCrossingatWTC
andSummer
N. StationWayfindingatSummer
O. StationWayfindingforSLW

E
B
A

C
D

A.
B.
C.
D.
E.

TMarkersonHeadhouses
BicycleAccommodationsbetween
NorthernandSeaport
BicycleAccommodationon
ThompsonPl
BicycleConnectionbetweenASt
andThompsonPl
StationWayfindingSignageon
Northern

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H

I
J

K
O

I
L
MN

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O
O

Improve Internal Mobility: Pedestrian Scale


Wayfinding (Short-term)

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Enhance Internal Mobility: Provide Transit


Internal Circulator (Short to Medium-term)*
Attraction/Generator
ExistingHotel
FutureHotel

*Beingexaminedinconjunctionwithprivateshuttleconsolidation

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Implement Supportive Management Strategies and


Policies
Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
o TDM Ordinance
o Mix of Land Uses
o Expanded TMA Role

Supportive Land Uses


o
o

Residential
Supporting Retail (Grocery, Banks, Service Retail, etc.)

Transportation Systems Management (TSM)


o Districtwide Parking Management Strategy
o Traffic Control Recommendations
o Coordinated Traffic Management and Enforcement

Establish the Organizational Structure and Capacity to


Implement the Plan

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State of Good Repair


Study area includes 23+ miles of roadway, 12 bridges, the I-90
tunnel, three boat docks, and five transit stations with associated
infrastructure
Maintaining assets in state of good repair requires an on-going
investment in preventative maintenance and periodic rehabilitation
equal to roughly $40 million/year

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Next Steps
Incorporate public and agency input on recommendations
Finalize and adopt the Plan
Development of Implementation and Finance Plan
Conceptual Design and Implementation
Performance Monitoring and Measurement

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Questions/Comments

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