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TOD Wheeler Station

  1. 1. Transit-Oriented Development <ul><li>Houston METRO Wheeler Station </li></ul>
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Goals & Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Project Description & Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Existing Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Purpose of a TOD <ul><li>Enhanced Support for Transit </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Pedestrian/Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Environmental Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Housing Choices </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Shopping/ Employment Opportunities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>The study area is the Wheeler Station, which is soon to be part of the University Corridor line. </li></ul><ul><li>This Corridor begins at the Hillcroft Transit Center and extending east, to intersect, Main St. and connect to the planned Southeast Corridor. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Goals & Objectives <ul><li>Lessen Personal Vehicular Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Increase walk-ability of Wheeler Station </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of commercial and residential land use areas </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize Comfort and Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize Pedestrian/Bicycle Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize Transit Use </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project Description <ul><li>To create a Transit Oriented Development to maximize the goals and objectives of this study. </li></ul><ul><li>To be proactive in designing an area that will address the future needs of the immediate Mid Town vicinity. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Project Criteria <ul><li>Pedestrian Realm </li></ul><ul><li>Walking less than 5 minutes to/from rail station </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency of Transit Service Use </li></ul><ul><li>Land Use Revitalization </li></ul>
  8. 8. Existing Conditions
  9. 9. Existing Conditions <ul><li>Land Use </li></ul>Industrial 7% Public and Institutional 10% Single Family 3% Multifamily 1.5% Commercial 15% Roads and Right of Way 41% Vacant 16% Parks 4% Other 2.5%
  10. 10. Existing Conditions Study Survey was conducted on the corner of Wheeler St. and Fannin St. South. 30 minute survey from 4:30pm to 5:00pm Vehicles Pedestrians Bicycles 52 East/West on Wheeler 41 South on Fannin 78 7
  11. 11. Existing Conditions
  12. 12. University Corridor Line
  13. 13. Mixed Use and T.O.D <ul><li>Providing families and commercial properties with location options </li></ul><ul><li>Various transportation options and an increase in commuters </li></ul>
  14. 14. Why MIXED-USE Developments? <ul><li>Inner city is often now referred to as ‘downtown’ </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts are now being made to revitalize or construct mixed-use developments that include downtown and town centers </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed-use developments accommodate population growth with higher densities and provide self-sustaining uses </li></ul>
  15. 15. Why MIXED-USE Developments? <ul><li>According to Adams et al. (2007), mixed-use developments employ plans that make the best use of available space. Their designs are utilized to enhance the quality of urban, family life. The idea is to provide people all the goods and services within walking distance, to deter vehicular commutes and increase transit options. </li></ul>
  16. 16. MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS Primary Characteristic <ul><li>A primary characteristic is that it adopts creative planning strategies that bring residents together while making the most of local resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-sustaining entity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a community focal point (center) to provide a core of gravity for the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The center allows for easy transit services to be easily connected to the rest of the area </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS <ul><li>The Wheeler Terminal is the area to design around to create this T.O.D. using these -use characteristics. The Wheeler Terminal could become the Wheeler Station a mixed use residential and commercial area with various transit options. </li></ul>
  18. 18. MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS Creative Planning <ul><li>Wheeler Transit Station </li></ul><ul><li>Includes a beautiful, family-oriented town-square complete with shops, eateries, and business operations. </li></ul><ul><li>The redesign of the area will give it a community-feel that will makes it a highly desired residential district. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Benefits of Mixed-Use Developments <ul><li>Creates new opportunities for developers </li></ul><ul><li>Provides residents with the opportunity to revitalize their community while addressing challenges associated with transportation, housing, and population growth </li></ul><ul><li>Offers choices to developers and residents </li></ul>
  20. 20. Benefits of Mixed-Use Developments <ul><li>Residents are offered benefits of enjoying access to neighborhood parks jogging and biking trails, recreation centers, restaurants, and local business developments, all with little dependency on vehicular transportation </li></ul><ul><li>This is the kind of high density development needed to maximize transit usage. Maximizing the areas space to increase the population and convince will bring new users and increased trips for the area to become a T.O.D. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Alternative: Commercial Use Land <ul><li>Area strictly defined for commercial use. </li></ul><ul><li>No residential living. </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian Realm Defined </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Premiums </li></ul>
  22. 22. Pentagon City Mall Washington, DC
  23. 23. Alternative: Commercial Use Land
  24. 24. Alternative: Commercial Land Use <ul><li>Reduced vehicular gas consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized location for shopping, entertainment, and business. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous flow of traffic until close of business day </li></ul>
  25. 25. Alternative: Do Nothing! <ul><li>As the population grows, so does the traffic! </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving the area, as is, will result in increased congestion from the pedestrian and vehicular perspective. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Future Projections <ul><li>Establishment of Bike Routes </li></ul><ul><li>Sidewalks to accommodate large mass of people </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility outside of TOD </li></ul>
  27. 28. THE END <ul><li>Questions and Comments </li></ul>