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Downtown San Antonio Transportation Study

  1. 1. C i t y o f S a n A n to n i o A pproved by C ity C ouncil N ovember 2012UrbanBiology LLCdesign + planning for a living world www.urbanbiology.net
  2. 2. November 2012 T able of C ontents Section One | A Foundation for the Future Section Two | Recommendations of the Downtown Transportation Study (DTS) The Objectives of the Downtown Transportation Study .............................................................1 What is Different about this Study? .....................................................................................................2 Benefits of the DTS Recommended Projects .................................................................................41 Guidance for Future Transportation and Land Use Projects ......................................................4 Broadly Defining the Recommendations .......................................................................................41 Setting the Stage: The Context of San Antonio’s Downtown ...................................................4 The Primary Components of the DTS ...............................................................................................42 Getting Around in Downtown San Antonio Today ...................................................................... 7 Overview of Recommendations ........................................................................................................44 The Design of Streets – Standards and Regulations ...................................................................16 Improvement Concepts Evaluated but Not Recommended ...................................................83 Section Two | The Vision for Downtown Section Four | Downtown Street Design SA 2020’s Goals and Targets for Downtown ..................................................................................19 A Framework for Great Streets.............................................................................................................85 Introduction to the Downtown Growth Areas .............................................................................20 Downtown San Antonio Street Types ..............................................................................................87 The Fundamental Needs of Downtown Residents .....................................................................20 Design Guidance .......................................................................................................................................................107 Assessment of Growth Area Transportation Choices .................................................................23
  3. 3. Section one: A Foundation for the Future The Downtown Transportation Study (DTS) was commissioned by the City of San Antonio in support of Mayor Julián Castro’s vision for transportation and lifestyle in the Downtown as outlined in SA 2020. As the Mayor stated, “The next months, the next years are about doing... about putting action to the ink on paper.” The community indicated transportation needs to be improved first and an additional priority is improving Downtown. The DTS identifies how to create what the community has envisioned. The project was managed by the Capital Improvements Management Services (CIMS) with participation from Center City Development Office (CCDO). The Objectives of the San Antonio Downtown Transportation Study In order to accomplish what the community and the Mayor have envisioned in SA 2020, the following objectives have been identified: z Advance the goals for Downtown established in SA 2020 and the Strategic Framework Plan z Develop transportation improvements Source: SA 2020 Final Report, March 2011 that support a sustainable, vibrant, world-class Downtown z Develop street improvement guidance that keeps pace with an ever-evolving Downtown z Recommend near-term capital improvements to catalyze growth z Enhance San Antonio’s unparalleled hospitality trade The next months, the next The objectives can be achieved through implementing improvementsyears are about doing... that address the following: z Transform Downtown about putting action z Encourage economic development to the ink on paper. z Improve access to/from Downtown z Improve circulation within Downtown and connections to adjacent areas, and the River Walk z Provide multi-modal choices Mayor Julián Castro on the SA 2020 initiative San Antonio Downtown Transportation Study | Section One | page 1
  4. 4. The Public Involvement Process P ublic Meeting #2 – Joint Public Meeting with H emis F air C omplete S treets The DTS incorporates theThe public involvement process communicated key messages throughout the project. following key ideas : This meeting was held at the Institute of Texan Cultures on March 6, 2012. The DTSAt start-up, the community was introduced to the project, its objectives, scope and project team presented alternative concepts for several downtown streets including z Downtown streets should be designed and managedstudy area. A project website was created to allow for continuous access to project as multifunctional spaces that support social and the five 2012 Bond Downtown Street projects, placemaking opportunities, and theinformation and to provide a portal for receiving public comment. Stakeholders economic activity as well as moving traffic. initial list of recommended street types with overlays. An open house format allowedwere identified, contacted and, in some cases, met with directly to present project for attendees to obtain more information and have specific questions answered. z Streets will be improved so that walking and cycling areideas and information. In addition to the public, City staff was apprised through Comment cards, the project website address, and the public information telephone increasingly attractive and increasingly practical ways tothree substantive meetings including participation in workshop exercises, and the get around. number were provided. Additionally, the public was invited to participate in an onlineSteering Committee was kept abreast through meetings, monthly updates and via survey, developed in coordination with the public engagement effort, and advertised z Accessibility – people’s ability to easily reach theiraccess to a password-protected section of the project website. In addition, monthly at the public meeting. destinations will be a focus in order to make walk, bikepresentations were given to the Infrastructure and Growth Committee comprised and drive trips increasingly convenient.of five members of the City Council. The Infrastructure and Growth Committee has Public Meeting #3 – Final Public Meeting z Major development and re-use investments shouldresponsibility for oversight of policies related to transportation, roads, sidewalks, The final public meeting was held at the Central Library Gallery and Auditorium on be coordinated and implemented with DTS projectinfrastructure, and VIA Transit. Following is a summary of the project meetings. April 30, 2012. The DTS project team presented the final concepts for downtown street recommendations, street design guidance, andDetailed reports can be found in the Appendices. improvements including the five 2012 Bond Downtown Street projects, placemak- accessibility priorities. Public Meeting #1 – “3 Projects , 1 Meeting ” ing opportunities, and the initially approved list of street types and overlays. An open z Taken together, the impact of the DTS will be to house format allowed for attendees to obtain more information and have specific strengthen the Downtown’s transportation system inThis public meeting was held early in the project timeline, on November 29, 2011 with questions answered. Comment cards, the project website address, and the public accommodating growth and improvements in order toHemisFair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation and VIA Metropolitan Transit at the information telephone number were provided. sustain its central role in Downtown San Antonio.Central Library Gallery and Auditorium. The DTS project team introduced the projectand asked for preliminary community input on needed street improvements. An openhouse format allowed for attendees to obtain more information and have specific What is Different about this Study?questions answered. Comment cards, the project website address, and the publicinformation telephone number were provided. A Context Sensitive T ransportation Plan Stakeholder Meetings The San Antonio Downtown Transportation Plan recommends improvements that are context sensitive. A context sensitive transportation improvement is one that comple-Stakeholder meetings occurred throughout the process with a concentration of ments and supports the surrounding land uses, visually, functionally, and in its scale.them conducted in conjunction with the City’s HemisFair Complete Streets effort. A context sensitive transportation improvement preserves, enhances or incorporatesStakeholders were provided with a presentation of the project, contact information as in its design what the community feels is important and values.well as the project website address. Additional stakeholder meetings were conductedvia formal presentations, such as with the Downtown Alliance, the VIA Board of Supporting a Sustainable FutureDirectors, and the City’s Infrastructure & Growth Committee. Additional meetings Building and securing Downtown’s long-term importance for businesses, visitors,were held with VIA staff, the Cultural Zone, and the City departments of Public Works, government, and residents requires an effective multimodal transportation system.Planning, and the Office of Environmental Policy. The community vision established through the SA 2020 process sets broad goals for the Community involvement City, many of which will have impacts on the transportation system and the public right- in the DTS was facilitated of-way in San Antonio. Through the recommendations in Section 3, the DTS identifies in an open house format; specific capital improvements that address current limitations in the transportation collaboration involved teams from related system and position Downtown for specific investment and development opportunities. initiatives. The street design guidance in Section 4 complements the recommendations by putting in place a system for gradual improvement in Downtown streets that will be made as funds become available and as investments in new development are made. S an Antonio Downtown Transportation Study | Section One | page 2

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