Presentation to Virginia Beach City Council January 25, 2011

Like you, we believe
Democracy depends on access to information.

Citizens have a role in planning for their community.

Project Purpose
“to bring the citizens of Virginia Beach into an open, inclusive and productive conversation about transportation possibilities and challenges for the community, leading to local transportation policy decisions that are informed by citizen values and preferences.” (To Envision Transportation FAQ)

Primary Goals
• To provide accessible information linked to topics identified by the citizens of Virginia Beach • To bring new possibilities to the community • To provide “spaces” for citizens to participate and express their interests and preferences

New and Accessible Information
www.envisiontransportation.com 13,133 page views Visitors from 30 countries Ten new visitors per day for last 10 months

Home Page

Typical Topics Page

Citizens Working Group Page

Video Gallery Page

Discussion Forum Page

New Possibilities
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth (Washington, D.C.) Michael Ronkin, “Complete Streets” (Switzerland) Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (Port Townsend, WA)

Common Themes
Transportation and land use are inextricably connected to a community’s quality of life, economic growth and increased property values Traffic congestion can be reduced and financial and environmental resources can be saved by retrofitting streets and street patterns

From the Speakers

Stewart Schwartz
Coalition for Smarter Growth Washington D.C.

Describing the Coalition for Smarter Growth and complimenting Virginia Beach on their progress and ideas
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth Washington D.C.

Results of redevelopment
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth Washington D.C.

From the Speakers

Michael Ronkin
“Complete Streets” Switzerland

Wide streets vs. narrow at roundabout - Possible future for Virginia Beach Boulevard?
Michael Ronkin, Complete Streets, Switzerland

From the Speakers

Dan Burden
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute Port Townsend, Washington

Why are walkable communities important?
Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute Port Townsend, Washington

Bridgeport Way, WA road enhancement before/after with mention of economic development potential
Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute Port Townsend, Washington

From the Speakers
And Again

Stewart Schwartz
Coalition for Smarter Growth Washington, D.C.

Closing statements on why Smart Growth is important
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth Washington D.C.

Space to Participate
Citizens Working Group Web BLOG Speaker Events Online Survey Community Dialogues

The Citizens Working Group
Issue Identification Community Information Needs Speaker Suggestions Recommendation for Continued Involvement

The Online Survey
Priorities for transportation decisions? Best way to reduce traffic congestion? New sources for transportation funding? Barriers to building bike paths? Value of sidewalks?

Community Dialogue Issues Framing Video
Virginia Beach VBTV48 Staff and HRCCE

Community Dialogues
• What about Virginia Beach is valuable to you and must be preserved? • What principles should guide public decisions related to transportation? • If you had one dollar to divide across transportation options or improvements, how would you spend it?

Participation – the Numbers
4,637
Citizens Working Group, Web visitors, Survey, Dialogues, Briefings Direct email contacts: 16,257

What we heard

Participants want decision makers and managers to be careful with the public purse.

What we heard.

Participants want the decisions related to transportation funding, impacts and service options to be fair.

What we heard.

Strong interest in public transportation was expressed in the survey and the community dialogues.

Survey
Survey – best way to reduce traffic congestion
• Increase public transit • Increase road lanes 50% 17.2%

Dialogue Ballot Allocations
• All Public Transportation 48.4% of resources • All Road Improvements 16.6% of resources

What we heard.

The tally for light rail was the highest of any single transportation improvement option.

Transportation Improvements from Dialogue Ballots
Light Rail 16.7%

Expanded Bus Service 14.3% Additional Roads 5.4%

Higher Speed Rail 5.1%

What we heard.

Support for improvements for bike and pedestrian travel was nearly identical.

Walking and Biking Transportation Improvements from Dialogues
Pedestrian Transportation Improvements 14.4% ballots listed 9.2% total resources allocated Bike Transportation Improvements 13.6% ballots listed 9.5% total resources allocated

What we heard.

Dialogue participants said that existing roads should be redesigned and retrofitted.

What we heard.

Participants were creative about new sources of transportation funding. 32 different “new sources” of funding were offered by survey respondents.

To provide new sources of funding for transportation, we should:
• • • • • Use public/private partnerships Raise the tax on gas 45.5% Put tolls on major roads 34.0% None of the above 7.5 % Other – the list of 32 suggestions 54.5%

Other Public issues
Many expressed the view that bus service is the “weakest link” in the system and changes in that service are critical to the delivery of an effective public transportation system.

Other Public Issues
Many participants understand the redevelopment potential of light rail to increase the value of property in the corridor and around stations but some take issue with the potential “maldistribution” of costs and benefits related to building and operating light rail in Virginia Beach or any place.

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