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  • 1. From Dead-End Freeway to Urban Boulevard Presented to: The CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board May 19, 2011 Connecticut Department of Transportation Newington, CT New Haven Downtown Crossing Prepared by: The Route 34 Coalition and Elm City Cycling
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    • Existing Conditions
    • The Project
    • The Good
    • Room for Improvement
    • From Good to Great  The Way Forward
    New Haven Downtown Crossing
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  • 8. From the Tiger Application: New Haven Downtown Crossing The Benefits • Increase Land Value, • Increase Short and Long Term Employment Benefits, • Position Development of the Remaining Three Parcels • Promote Long Term Economic Growth. “ The project is expected to result in a mode shift from 73.7% single occupancy vehicles currently to 65.5%” Reduce life cycle costs for roadway infrastructure (less driving + more walking and biking = less $ in upkeep)
  • 9.
    • Excellent Outreach from DOT and City of New Haven
    • Local, State and Federal Backing
    • Commitment to Improved Bicycle and Pedestrian Access
    • Interest in Innovative Design
    • Strong Public Support and Interest
    New Haven Downtown Crossing The Good
  • 10.
    • All Designs Presented to date show a Pair of Four-Lane Road – That’s an Eight-Lane Road Through Downtown
    • The plans presented so far show more lanes than we currently have on the Q-Bridge
    • An Auto-Centric Design Philosophy
    • “ Let’s build enough lanes to move the cars and see what’s left”
    • It’s unclear who’s leading this project
      • CT DOT?
      • City of New Haven?
      • Who’s Project is this?
    New Haven Downtown Crossing The Bad
  • 11. New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great  The Way Forward
    • Reduce the number of lanes on each road to 2 or 3
      • Leave more room for people
      • Some congestion is inevitable
      • We’ve never built our way out of congestion
    • Commit to a specific level of quality for bike and pedestrian facilities
    • Place this project in a broader context
      • Union Station
      • Downtown
      • Future Development
  • 12. New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great  Minor Improvement vs.….
  • 13. New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great  A Multimodal Street for People
  • 14.
    • Letter of Support from Board
    • Meeting with CT DOT
    • Route 34 Coalition
        • Google Groups: Route 34 Coalition
        • Facebook Page
    New Haven Downtown Crossing Next Steps