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RV 2014: Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities One Challenge at a Time by April Manlapaz

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Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities One Challenge at a Time AICP CM 1.5
An urban circulator roundtable? How appropriate! Hear speakers from around the country -- Austin; Atlanta; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Portland-- experienced in different disciplines of urban circulator implementation. Start with short presentations from each unique perspective, then focus on the challenges and issues associated with implementation -- outreach, financing, traffic, etc. -- and how each organization overcame these challenges.
Moderator: Neil McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet, Portland, Oregon
Paul Zebell, Project Manager, Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland, Oregon
April Manlapaz, Transit Project Manager, AECOM, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Derek Benedict, PE, Transportation Engineer, URS Corporation, Austin, Texas
D.J. Baxter, Executive Director, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jim Erkel, Attorney & Program Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, St. Paul, Minnesota
Lisa Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

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RV 2014: Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities One Challenge at a Time by April Manlapaz

  1. 1. Nicollet–Central Modern Transit Streetcar Project | Rail-Volution 2014 Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar Project Modern Streetcar for a World-Class Downtown Urban Circulators: Shaping Cities One Challenge at a Time Presenter: April Manlapaz, AECOM, and for the City of Minneapolis
  2. 2. Nicollet–Central Modern Transit Streetcar Project | Rail-Volution 2014 •3.4 miles •9,000 rides •55k residents and 118k jobs within ½ mi •Special trip generators –Eat Street –Minneapolis Institute of Arts –Downtown Minneapolis: 6,000 hotel rooms; Convention Center –Mississippi River and Nicollet Island –East Hennepin Business District •First modern streetcar line in the Twin Cities Project Facts 1
  3. 3. Nicollet–Central Modern Transit Streetcar Project | Rail-Volution 2014 Is Streetcar a Local or Regional Benefit? Consider… •Corridor’s trip generators serve regional economy •Major connections to regional transit –All transit in downtown Minneapolis –Major east-west bus connections outside downtown •High ridership demand for short trips where light rail doesn’t fit 2 Concentrate development where desired by City and Region …and where transit would efficiently serve development Green and Blue LRT Orange Line (BRT)
  4. 4. Nicollet–Central Modern Transit Streetcar Project | Rail-Volution 2014 Integration with Dense Bus Corridor •Long and short trips –Bus routes cover 25 mi –Nearly half of rides within 3.4-mi streetcar line 3 Solutions •Workshops to develop service plans and costs •Ridership modeling used regional base, rail mode share, and special generators •Very helpful to have a lot of data from transit agency Diverse Stakeholders •20% of population have no vehicles •24% live in poverty •4,200 legally-binding affordable housing
  5. 5. Nicollet–Central Modern Transit Streetcar Project | Rail-Volution 2014 Choosing a Streetcar Vehicle 4 Considerations •Urban scale •Fleet consistency •Operating and maintenance cost •Street impacts and platform design •Passenger capacity and service frequency Discussions are ongoing
  6. 6. Nicollet–Central Modern Transit Streetcar Project | Rail-Volution 2014 Acknowledgments Anna Flintoft – City of Minneapolis Charleen Zimmer – Zan Associates Dan Meyers – URS Corporation www.minneapolismn.gov/nicollet-central 5

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