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Transit Supportive Development Case Study and CDTA’s North-South Corridors Action Plan

Transit Supportive Development Case Study and CDTA’s North-South Corridors Action Plan



Larry Lennon...

Larry Lennon
Parsons Brinkerhoff

The NYS Metropolitan Planning Organization Association has conducted a state-wide project on Transit Supportive Development. This overall effort, including the results of an extensive literature review and three other case studies will provide basic information on the “state-of-the-practice” and “lessons learned” of TSD in NYS. CDTA will highlight the results of its case which focused on bus transit, BRT and the incorporation of a transit center into the proposed Convention Center in Downtown Albany and to examine State Street in the downtown area as a BRT corridor. Key findings and lessons will be shared. The session will wrap up with a presentation of a recently completed North-South Corridor Study which provided multimodal transit recommendations supportive of regional “concentrated growth” scenarios developed by the MPO.



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  • Growth Scenario impacts are especially pronounced in the River Corridor – for example, northern portion of Route 4.

Transit Supportive Development Case Study and CDTA’s North-South Corridors Action Plan Transit Supportive Development Case Study and CDTA’s North-South Corridors Action Plan Presentation Transcript

  • Capital District Transportation Authority North/South Corridors Study and Action Plan Parsons Brinckerhoff In association with Creighton Manning Engineering Arch Street Communications
  • North-South Corridors Study
    • Recommend the most effective services for commuters traveling in the corridors between Saratoga and Albany
    • Evaluate
      • Existing Northway Express
      • Commuter Rail
      • Light Rail Transit (LRT)
      • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  • New Visions 2030 Growth Scenarios
    • Status Quo Trend
    • Concentrated Growth
    • Trend Hyper-Growth
    • Concentrated Hyper-Growth
  • Commuter Rail Characteristics
    • Longer corridors, wider station spacing
    • Operates on active and inactive freight and inter-city rail lines
    • Diesel or overhead electric propulsion
    • Locomotives pulling cars or DMU/EMU
    • Typically one station in downtown
  • Light Rail Transit Characteristics
    • Medium-length corridors, more frequent station spacing
    • Inactive rail or dedicated right-of-way
    • Overhead electric or diesel propulsion
    • Often operates in-street downtown
    • Usually several stops downtown
  • Bus Rapid Transit Characteristics
    • Medium-to-shorter corridors, frequent station or stop spacing
    • Partially or fully dedicated right of way
    • On-board diesel or hybrid propulsion
    • Can operate on-street or in dedicated right-of-way
  • BRT System Components ITS & Fare Payment Stations & Stops Service Plan Vehicles Running Ways & TSP
  • Spectrum of BRT Systems
    • BRT “Lite”
    • Mixed traffic
    • Queue jumps
    • Skip stops
    • “ Exclusive” BRT
    • Dedicated ROW
    • Signal priority
    • Larger fixed stations
  • LA Metro Railroad Corridor BRT Before After
  • Proposed Translink Eugene/Springfield BRT Lane
    • Before
  • Four Preliminary Commuter Rail Alternatives
  • Five Preliminary BRT/LRT Corridors
  • Findings
    • Proposed improvements to NX and local bus services sufficient to meet future demand in US 9/I-87 corridor
    • Light rail expensive relative to potential market
    • Commuter rail options can build-on investments made for other purposes
  • Findings
    • River Corridor has high potential benefits
      • Existing riders and new markets
      • Higher market demand than US 9/I-87 corridors
      • Focuses regional transit investment in targeted redevelopment areas
  • Findings
    • River Corridor alignments require further analysis
      • Conversion of CPR alignment to BRT
        • Potentially complicated and expensive
      • Proposed street alignment on US 4/NY 32
        • Too slow to attract longer distance, express trips
        • Develop improvements to increase speed
  • Action Plan
  • Near-Term 2009-2014 Northway Express
    • Restructure routes & increase service
    • Provide reverse commute service
    • Simplify fare zone structure
    • Rationalize fares/equity in discounts
    • Study potential priority treatments
    • Implement 2 nd Exit 9 park-and-ride lot
  • Near-Term 2009-2014 River Corridor BRT
    • Refine project re: FTA Small Starts
    • Develop consensus on BRT and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policies
    • Identify preferred BRT alignment (CPR Rail or US4/NY32 On Street Alignments)
    • Complete development and begin construction
  • Near-Term 2009-2014 West Corridor Commuter Rail
      • Extend selected existing Amtrak trains to Saratoga
      • Double track the existing rail line to Schenectady (State project)
      • Construct station in Albany at Broadway
      • Construct SUNY-Airport-Harriman station
  • Mid-Term 2015-2020 Northway Express
      • Construct queue jumps & signal priorities
      • Increase NX service frequency
      • Develop Saratoga local shuttles such as a Luther Forest connection
  • Mid-Term 2015-2020 River Corridor BRT
    • Complete construction of River Corridor facilities
    • Begin service operations
  • Mid-Term 2015-2020 West Corridor Commuter Rail
      • Add shuttle services to SUNY and Albany International Airport
      • Construct intermediate station at Ballston
  • Long-Term 2021-2030 Northway Express
      • Construct managed-use lanes in the Northway corridor
      • Increase NX service frequency
  • Long-Term 2021-2030 River Corridor BRT and West Corridor Commuter Rail
    • River Corridor
      • Enhance service to respond to demand
    • Commuter rail
      • Expand commuter rail service by procuring rail equipment
  • Thank You!