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Seg Fest Presentation

  1. 2. Caltrans Improves Mobility Across California In pursuit of our mission, we continue to build a talented and diverse team and to strengthen ties with our partners. To keep California moving, we commit ourselves to these goals:       - SAFETY - Provide the safest transportation system in the nation for users and workers       - RELIABILITY - Provide dependable travel times      -PERFORMANCE - Optimize transportation system throughput      -FLEXIBILITY- Provide mobility choices through strategic partnerships      - STEWARDSHIP - Preserve and enhance California’s resources and investments      - DELIVERY - Improve delivery of projects and services
  2. 3. <ul><li>Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>For the last 50 years, transportation was designed for motor vehicles. </li></ul><ul><li>During the 1990s, the federal government put $156 billion into highways, but only $45 billion on transit, bicycling, and walking facilities combined. </li></ul><ul><li>49% of all non-commercial trips are under three miles in length. The resulting environment discourages bicycling and walking. </li></ul><ul><li>47% of drivers said transit could not take them where they needed to go. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Transportation Choices Sacramento Region Statistics: SACOG Travel Survey 2000 Modes
  4. 5. The result is a highway environment that discourages bicycling and walking and has made these modes more difficult. Many Americans have limited or no access to transit. Increasing traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas, requires that we closely examine innovative transportation alternatives.
  5. 6. <ul><li>VMT to grow by almost 75 billion miles from 2003 to 2010 in California </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated technologies may be a key element enabling transit to compete with the auto in suburban corridors </li></ul><ul><li>A major challenge is facilitating seamless multi-modal connections —both informational & physical </li></ul>The Future…
  6. 7. Clues to user needs for connectivity
  7. 8. Rumble strip Barriers to Low-Speed Travel Drains Utilities Auto related
  8. 10. Integrating Transportation, Information, and Energy Technologies at the Pleasant Hill BART Transit-Oriented Development
  9. 11. The Project <ul><li>Integration & evaluation of multi-modal transportation services at the Pleasant Hill BART station & future TOD </li></ul><ul><li>Information element: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-modal connections tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physical elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EasyConnect I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart bike parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart car parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hydrogen fuel cell power generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore carsharing </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Low Speed Modes <ul><li>Low-speed mode field test providing shared-use electric bikes, bikes & Segway HTs at Pleasant Hill BART & nearby businesses </li></ul>
  11. 13. Research Questions <ul><li>Can integrated multi-modal connections & technologies increase transit use, reduce auto travel & improve land use? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the opportunities for clean energy to be integrated into TODs? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the magnitude of land use, mobility, energy & emission benefits? </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>The Phase One Research and Feasibility Analysis indicated that the introduction of the field test was feasible at the Pleasant Hill BART station and may provide important benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Studies have found that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60% of those living nearby said BART was a major factor in moving there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40% of the area residents use BART to commute to their work place </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Service Area 140-acre area surrounding the Pleasant Hill Station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) Strategically located where BART, I-680, a major sub-regional arterial, a regional trail, and a future light-rail corridor converge. This plan calls for replacing the 18-acres of surface parking with a walkable &quot;Urban Village&quot; replete with a town square and community green. City: Walnut Creek ( pop: 64,296 ) County: Contra Costa ( pop: 948,816 )
  14. 16. <ul><li>Potential </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on market conditions and public approvals, the development will contain either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>290,000 or 456,000 square feet of office space, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>either 274 or 446 apartments and for-sale townhouses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It will also include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a child care facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>about 42,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurants </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>A comparative evaluation of the three devices Segway HT (new), electric bicycle (enhanced), and bicycle (traditional) should contribute significantly to an understanding of the context in which the different low-speed devices may increase transit access most cost-effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary signs that the Segway HT can produce economic and environmental benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to familiarize officials with the device have helped to curtail many threats of bans. </li></ul><ul><li>Low-speed mode crashes that occur are most frequently the result of poor surface conditions, user error, obscured driver vision, and low-speed mode design. </li></ul>
  16. 18. Works like a parking meter. Pay only when you use it.
  17. 19. Mobility Options Protocol Trip planners currently only include fixed-route, fixed-schedule carriers. The proposed protocol will allow trip planning tools to go beyond fixed-route, fixed-schedule carriers and incorporate real-time status, last-mile providers, and reservations for vehicles, rides, and parking.
  18. 20. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demo <ul><li>Excellent opportunity to demonstrate fuel cell technology to offset local power needs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recharging low-speed modes & eLockers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>powering/recharging variable message signs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>parking lot lighting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In future project phases, storage system could be used to refuel hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to tie in with “CA Hydrogen Highway” and U.S. DOE demos </li></ul>Hydrogen Electricity Controls/ Op. Data
  19. 21. Smart Parking <ul><li>Use of advanced technologies to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage parking space availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase effective parking capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage transit use </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Vehicles are equipped with smart technologies including tracking, communication, and reservation systems to facilitate access and logistics. Transit-based Carsharing Commuter-based carsharing employs Intelligent Transportation System technology is used throughout the system for monitoring vehicles and for user convenience.
  21. 23. Vested Partners <ul><li>Caltrans (DRI, DMT & D4) </li></ul><ul><li>California PATH </li></ul><ul><li>BART </li></ul><ul><li>MTC/ </li></ul><ul><li>BAAQMD </li></ul><ul><li>Contra Costa Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Contra Costa County </li></ul><ul><li>Toyota Motor Company </li></ul><ul><li>General Motors Corp </li></ul><ul><li>Air Products & Chemicals Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Millennium Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Segway LLC </li></ul><ul><li>Giant Bicycles </li></ul>
  22. 24. Vendor Partners <ul><li>ParkingCarma </li></ul><ul><li>Quixote </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Intel </li></ul><ul><li>eLock </li></ul><ul><li>BikeLink </li></ul>
  23. 25. EasyConnect Timeline
  24. 27. Questions?