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NJ Future Forum 2012 Complete Streets Cotter


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The New Jersey Department of Transportation instituted a “Complete Streets” policy in 2009, joining a handful of other states that have adopted policies to plan, design and build state roads that are accessible to all users, not just cars. More than a dozen New Jersey local governments have followed suit, implementing policies that apply to local roads and streets. The city of Hoboken has been an early leader, becoming one of the first municipalities on the East Coast with a public bike repair facility and has doubled the number of bike racks near transit and striped its first “buffered” bike lane. Jersey City also has a Complete Streets policy and the city’s Route 440 boulevard project may serve as a valuable case study in renovating state highway corridors. Complete Streets policies have multiple benefits and have recently been identified as an obesity prevention tool by Shaping New Jersey and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids.

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NJ Future Forum 2012 Complete Streets Cotter

  1. 1. Applying Complete Streets to Rt 440 / Rts 1&9T Accommodate All Users – All The Time
  2. 2. Alternative Future -- Early Planning 2003
  3. 3. Bayside Vision Plan – Encourage mixed use developmentand a walkable, bicycle-friendly community within amultimodal, transit-rich environment
  4. 4. Remediation Site
  5. 5. Remediation Site
  6. 6. 100 acres4,200 to 8,100ResidentialUnits250,000 to600,000 SquareFeet Retail700,000 to1,000,000Square FeetOfficeOver 20 acres ofParks and Plazas
  7. 7. Extension of StegmanBoulevard from NJCUFrontage Street off ofRt. 440Bus/Bicycle CirculatorStreetsPedestrian Plan andWayBicycle PlanLight Rail Extension
  8. 8. Route 440 Multi-Use Urban Boulevard Envisioned 276-Foot Section 2003
  9. 9. RecentPlanning 276-Foot Section 2009
  10. 10. Anticipated Growth along the Western Waterfront• ± 19,000 residential units• ± 2 million square feet commercial/retail• ± 900,000 square feet commercial warehouse• Waterfront walkway, parks and Open Space• HBLR Network and Service Expansion 2010…2020…2035…2050 …
  11. 11. Vision for the future of the Western WaterfrontRenderings by A. NelessenAssociates
  12. 12. Applying Complete Streets Principles to Route 440 / Routes 1&9T in Jersey City
  13. 13. Primary Study Area
  14. 14. Secondary Study Area
  15. 15. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesLocal Traffic To provide local neighborhood access and circulation
  16. 16. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesBus Rapid Transit (BRT) To provide a high capacity, frequent, rapid transit service to Journal Square
  17. 17. Just What Is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Anyway?Frequent ServiceFewer StopsBus Priority LanesAdvance Ticketing for Faster BoardingSpecialized Buses and Shelters TransJakarta BRT – Jakarta, Indonesia
  18. 18. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesBicycles To provide bicyclists with safe access to local destinations and through the area To create a recreational amenity
  19. 19. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesThrough Traffic To accommodate traffic, including trucks if necessary, traveling through the area
  20. 20. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesSupport Adjoining Land Uses To create an attractive public realm To support residential, commercial and educational uses that face the boulevard To mitigate the negative impacts of through trucks
  21. 21. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesPedestrians To provide pedestrians with safe and convenient access to local destinations To create a vibrant and attractive public realm
  22. 22. Boulevard Transportation ObjectivesParallel Local Streets To reduce the number of local vehicles traveling along the boulevard
  23. 23. Comprehensive Local Street Grid Concept
  24. 24. Boulevard Zones
  25. 25. Central Section(Zone 4) Approximately Danforth Avenue to Communipaw Avenue
  26. 26. Paramics Micro-Simulation Model Year 2050To-ScaleSimulationModel ofBoulevardTrafficOperations
  27. 27. Urban Design Guidelines
  28. 28. UrbanBoulevardConceptDesign Central Section (Zone 4)
  29. 29. Central Section (Zone 4)Draft Urban Boulevard Cross – Section
  30. 30. Central Section (Zone 4)Draft Urban Boulevard Cross – Section
  31. 31. Build-To Lines Reserve land for the boulevard Not a Right-Of-Way line All new buildings and structures must be constructed TO the build-to lines Distance between the build-to lines varies by zone
  32. 32. Build-To LinesSample ofBoulevardCentralSectionBuild-ToLines
  33. 33. Gateway Intersection Alternatives
  34. 34. Locally Preferred Alternative –Gateway Intersection Alternative Elevated Circle Over Intersection
  35. 35. Locally Preferred Alternative –Gateway Intersection Alternative Elevated Circle Over Intersection
  36. 36. Draft Locally Preferred Alternative– Gateway Intersection Alternative
  37. 37. Central Intersection ConceptThomasCircle,WashingtonDC
  38. 38. Central Intersection ConceptDuPontCircle,WashingtonDC
  39. 39. Interim Treatment - 2020
  40. 40. Interim Treatment
  41. 41. Three BoulevardGateway Areas
  42. 42. Possible Implementation Strategies Current NJ DOTCenter R.O.W• Developers build their section for left turn lane access to redevelopment sites.• Development impact fee or other mechanism to fund construction of segments• State or federal funding to construct comprehensively May require a combination of all three strategies
  43. 43. Possible Implementation StrategiesEdges• Property owners build section along their frontage when they choose to redevelop their property• Development impact fee or other mechanism to fund construction of longer segments• State or federal funding to construct comprehensively May require a combination of all three strategies
  44. 44. THANK YOU