Land Use + Planning + Public Space + Schools | action plan program series

Sunset Triangle Plaza at Griffith Park Blvd. and Edgecliffe Dr. Photo Credit: www.planetsave.com

Sunset Triangle Plaza: Griffith Park Blvd. 
Photo Credit: http://www.planetsave.com

Taking a page from our previous post on coordination and integration, our program categories this week include Land Use, Planning, Public Space, and Schools. While much of our earlier posts have focused on the proposed transportation improvements and the impact on the right-of-way, these topics take a step back and examine the existing/future built environment along network corridors. Continue reading

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Maintenance + Management + Operations | action plan program series

Metro Rail Fleet Service Team at a maintenance facility  Photo Credit: Gary Leonard

Metro Rail Fleet Service Team at a maintenance facility
Photo Credit: Gary Leonard

This week, we will be introducing three categories of programs: Maintenance, Management, and Operations. These broad topics focus on responsibilities of City departments and transit providers, key partnerships between public and private sector agencies/organizations, and movement of all transportation networks/systems within the City. The City’s circulation network can be broken down into three parts: the road, all modes of travel, and the decisions that determine how/where these modes can move. Continue reading

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Funding + Legislation | action plan program series

A view of ROW in Washington, DC that  integrates infrastructure for all users.  Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes Photography

A view of ROW in Washington, DC that integrates infrastructure for all users.
Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes Photography

The next round of programs in our series introduces categories that are often considered to be the most significant obstacles to the full implementation of many projects and plans. Funding and Legislation are perceived as setting restrictions or hard limits, when in fact, they should be utilized as tools to move a project or program forward. The programs in Funding examine the existing structure of transportation funding and identify new strategies for generating revenue (fees, assessments, grants). While the programs in Legislation call for greater recognition of non-motorized modes in official designations, safety considerations, and infrastructure. The programs categorized under Funding and Legislation are important to the realization of the Mobility Element goals and policies because they acknowledge all modes of travel as legitimate users of the road and redefine the  standards by which infrastructure improvement projects are prioritized. Continue reading

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Enforcement + Engineering | action plan program series

Woonerf street in the UK, designed with narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones. Photo Credit: Archinect.com

Woonerf street in the UK: a narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones.
Photo Credit: Archinect.com

The design and physical components of the built environment play a central role in shaping the transportation patterns of a city or region. A roadway consisting of eight vehicle lanes without sidewalks functions very differently from a street with two vehicle lanes, bicycle lanes, and 15 foot sidewalks.

Current needs and future estimates indicate the demand for engineering standards that accommodate a diverse array of transportation modes and networks (the City’s standard street dimensions were updated in 1999). The primary force behind the programs in the Engineering category is the idea that all travel modes need to be allotted space in the public ROW. Continue reading

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Communication + Education | action plan programs series

Photo Credit: NYDOT, ODOT, and LADOT

Photo Credit: NYDOT, ODOT, and LADOT

Key components of any strategy to implement change are the ability to get the word out and to get community members involved. As such, the programs under Communication identify various media platforms by which transportation information can be shared and disseminated: TV, radio, 311/telephone, internet, and signage. These platforms allow transit providers and transportation agencies to share current and live information with users in the form of a smartphone app, interactive map, or real-time transit arrival sign at stations/stops. Wayfinding signs are also important to communicating transit connections, bikeways, and destinations to all users. The programs under Education focus on campaigns, outreach efforts, and strategies to provide information about safety (for all users) and alternative modes of travel. In addition, this category identifies training programs for police officers and transit operators and encourages public agencies to plan/prepare for the changing mobility patterns of users. Continue reading

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