Project 10Tri-Party Downtown Street      Improvements    San Antonio, Texas                            1
Downtown    Major tourist attraction    Home of the Riverwalk    Declining retail center    Major office center    St...
DOA, VIA Desires      Improve downtown business       environment      Improve transit attractiveness       and operatio...
Underlying Challenge    City, DOA, VIA challenged to coordinate    Partnership needed to succeed         Via had fundin...
CSS Approach – Stakeholders      Tri-party agreement      Stakeholder committees           Policy (chair: DOA)        ...
CSS Approach – Stakeholders      Tri-party agreement      Stakeholder committees           Policy (chair: DOA)        ...
CSS Approach – Features      Adaptive design      Different roles, priorities, features for each street      Multimodal...
Design Features (70 blocks)      Converted 2 21-ways streets to 2-way      Narrowed Houston Street to 2 lanes, primarily...
Design Features (70 blocks)      Changed character of Alamo Street, Plaza           Limestone pavers           Slow str...
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Case Study #10 for UTCM Report #08-14-03 "Making Mobility Improvements a Community Asset: Transportation Improvements Using Context-Sensitive Solutions"

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  • DOA = Downtown Owners AssociationVIA = VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • CTA = Chicago Transit Authority
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    1. 1. Project 10Tri-Party Downtown Street Improvements San Antonio, Texas 1
    2. 2. Downtown Major tourist attraction Home of the Riverwalk Declining retail center Major office center Streets in poor condition Source: http://gosw.about.com/od/sanantoniotexas/ss/Riverwalk_2.htm Traffic congestion on major streetsSuccessful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 2
    3. 3. DOA, VIA Desires  Improve downtown business environment  Improve transit attractiveness and operations  (VIA) Convert Houston Street to “streetcar” street  (City) Improve traffic conditions and appearance Source: TTI  (DOA) Streetscape and other aesthetics improvementsSuccessful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 3
    4. 4. Underlying Challenge City, DOA, VIA challenged to coordinate Partnership needed to succeed  Via had funding  DOA had stakeholder ears  City owned right of way Many political agendas Source: http://photohome.com/photos/texas-pictures/san- antonio/downtown-san-antonio-1.htmlSuccessful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 4
    5. 5. CSS Approach – Stakeholders  Tri-party agreement  Stakeholder committees  Policy (chair: DOA)  Executive (chair: City)  Technical (chair: VIA) Convention center at night. Source: http://meetings.visitsanantonio.com/henry-b-gonzalez-convention-center-2  Project management firm to manage process  Public input to refine processSuccessful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 5
    6. 6. CSS Approach – Stakeholders  Tri-party agreement  Stakeholder committees  Policy (chair: DOA)  Executive (chair: City)  Technical (chair: VIA) Convention center at night. Source: http://meetings.visitsanantonio.com/henry-b-gonzalez-convention-center-2  Project management firm to manage process  Public input to refine process  Worked with each abutting property ownerSuccessful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 6
    7. 7. CSS Approach – Features  Adaptive design  Different roles, priorities, features for each street  Multimodal  Design flexibility  Strategic construction sequencing  Reduce duration of project  Maintain operations  Transit  Traffic  Walkways Reconfigured intersection with transit center. (Google Earth)Successful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 7
    8. 8. Design Features (70 blocks)  Converted 2 21-ways streets to 2-way  Narrowed Houston Street to 2 lanes, primarily for “streetcars”  Traffic improvements  Geometrics (eliminated offsets)  Signal timing, coordination  Reconstructed transit streets  Shelters Commerce Street. Source: TTI  Sidewalk enhancements, streetscaping  Wayfinding sign systemSuccessful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 8
    9. 9. Design Features (70 blocks)  Changed character of Alamo Street, Plaza  Limestone pavers  Slow street  “Streetcars” Alamo Street sidewalk showing alignment of old acequia which carried water to the area. (Source: Alamo Street at Alamo Plaza. Source: TTI Ben Brewer)Successful CSS Examples – Texas and Beyond 9

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