MAPC sPARKing New Ideas Parking Symposium: Presentation by Scott Hamwey

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MAPC sPARKing New Ideas Parking Symposium: Presentation by Scott Hamwey

  1. 1. 1 On Street Parking and Transit Capacity Expansion Scott Hamwey MassDOT April 16, 2014| Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot
  2. 2. April 16, 20142 | Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot • Legislature created MassDOT in 2009 to streamline transportation bureaucracy • Four divisions: • Highway • Rail and Transit • Aeronautics • RMV • Office of Transportation Planning serves all divisions Transportation Reform - MassDOT
  3. 3. Transportation Revenue – The Way Forward • Governor Patrick’s $19 billion/10 year revenue proposal submitted to the Legislature in January 2013 • Legislature’s funding bill passed in July 2013, includes less than half of The Way Forward funding levels • MassDOT Capital Investment Plan released in 2014 programs these new revenues, but also highlights limitations • Bus Rapid Transit, not rail rapid transit, will be our best bet for capacity expansions going forward April 16, 20143 | Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot
  4. 4. 4 What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? • Combines flexibility of bus with features that collectively achieve rapid transit service quality: • Off-board fare collection • High frequency • Stations with amenities • Wider station spacing • Branding • Segregated right of way • Planning informed by BRT industry standards, such as ITDP* *Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
  5. 5. 28 X Proposal 5 BRT Elements: • Physically segregated median busway • Off board fare collection • ½ mile station spacing • High capacity vehicles • Transit signal priority Challenges: • Lack of familiarity • Advocacy for rail • Lost median, trees, on- street parking, turning movements and travel lanes Where Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan When 2009 Cost $173 million Ridership (proj) 3,000 new riders per day Peak Freq. Every 7-8 minutes
  6. 6. 28X – Impacts and Public Response • Parking eliminated at station locations and where left-turn lanes are preserved • 249 parking spaces eliminated out of 1344. All but one of these were on the 3 miles of Blue Hill Ave • $6 million included in the TIGER application for off-street parking replacement • Parking loss totals = good ammunition for project opponents • Pulled proposal in October 2009 4/16/2014| Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot6
  7. 7. Silver Line Gateway 7 BRT Elements: Dedicated busway with high quality stations and countdown clocks; off board fare collection; 1/2 mi station spacing Where South Boston, East Boston and Chelsea When 2013 Cost $83 million Ridership (projected) 8,730 Peak Freq. Every 10 minutes
  8. 8. SL Gateway – Impacts and Response • Evaluated 3 alternatives • On Street alignment (80 spaces eliminated) • Busway/On-Street (29 spaces eliminated) • Busway (No spaces eliminated) • Busway alternative performed best • Highest ridership • Most new riders • Fastest trips • Busway also generated the most support (by far) from City and public process 4/16/2014| Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot8
  9. 9. SL Gateway - Hawthorn Street 9 • Improve reliability and travel time for local bus service • 3 of MBTA Key Routes already serve this block • 4,000 bus riders/day compared to 7,000 cars • Relocation of Bellingham Square bus stop • Net loss of 14 parking spaces
  10. 10. Existing Section of Hawthorn Street
  11. 11. Section of Hawthorn Street with Left Side Bus Lane 9’ SIDEWALK 8’ ± PARKING LANE 11’ ± TRAVEL LANE 16’ ± BUS LANE WITH SHARED BIKE ACCOMMODATION 9’ SIDEWALK 35’ ± PAVEMENT WIDTH
  12. 12. Other Experience 4/16/2014| Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot12 SL4 Key Bus Routes / Articulated Buses Barr Foundation Other Cities
  13. 13. BRT Challenges in Boston For BRT generally: • Street width • Lack of grid • Existence of rail • Municipal fragmentation; transit/city mismatch For BRT as it relates to taking parking: • Travel time savings are modest • Reliability improvements are difficult to communicate • Actual riders underrepresented in process 4/16/2014| Leading the Nation in Transportation Excellence | www.mass.gov/massdot13

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