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RV 2014: Complete Streets- From Policy to Implementation by Dan Gallagher

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Complete Streets: From Policy to Implementation (Completely)

How can you make your complete streets policy a success? How do you translate complete streets into real benefits for the people who are walking, biking and taking public transportation? How do you promote accessibility and connectivity for all -- including people with disabilities -- through design and planning? Hear regional, city and international perspectives from policy to implementation during this complete complete streets workshop.

Moderator: Richard Weaver, AICP, Director of Planning, Policy and Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association; Chair, National Complete Streets Coalition, Washington, DC
Joseph Iacobucci, Sam Schwartz Engineering, DPC, Chicago, Illinois
Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, North Carolina
James Cromar, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Tony Hull, Independent Transportation Consultant, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gregory Thompson, Chair, Light Rail Transit Committee of TRB, Tallahassee, Florida
Roxana Ene, Project Manager, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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RV 2014: Complete Streets- From Policy to Implementation by Dan Gallagher

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  4. 4. but then something happened!
  5. 5. For second half of the 20th century, engineers had one “problem” to solve! !
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  8. 8. annual vehicles miles traveled increased on an annual basis for a century! 8!
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  12. 12. but then something else happened!
  13. 13. annual VMT flattened out! 13!
  14. 14. and per capita VMT took a deep dive! 14!
  15. 15. states that drive less have a better economy! 15!
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  17. 17. the simple facts! • millennials are now the largest generation in the United States. ! • people aged 16 to 34 drove 23 percent fewer miles on average in 2009 than they did in 2001 ! • only 44 percent of teenagers are getting driver’s licenses within a year of eligibility. ! • 46 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds would choose Internet access over owning a car.!
  18. 18. why did this happen! • millennial migration to cities! • after-effect of recession! • cost ! • mobile devices! • shared economy!
  19. 19. but, we have another issue !
  20. 20. State of Good Repair! “We’re in a mess in America when it comes to transportation, Every transit system is 50 years old and crumbling. The interstates are crumbling. Bridges are falling down.”! ! –Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation!
  21. 21. and. finally.! Urban areas account for 80.7 percent of the U.S. population’! ! Cities have gained more people in the three-plus years since the 2010 Census than they gained for the entire previous decade.!
  22. 22. Goose Island Express! Issues! • Growing Cities, where people drive less! • Legacy Transportation Networks!
  23. 23. 25 Chicago Street Network! 1/8 mile grid! ½ mile arterials! Multiple options for non-fixed modes! ! !
  24. 24. 26 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 bus rail total CTA Ridership! Annual Ridership in Millions!
  25. 25. I don’t always take transit. But when I do, I prefer BRT.! !
  26. 26. 28 Projects! ! ! Jeffery Jump! ! ! Central Loop! ! ! Ashland! ! !
  27. 27. 29 Branding
  28. 28. 30 Issue Identification! Design the ROW for users
  29. 29. Illustrative Descriptions! 31
  30. 30. 32 Ashland Corridor Characteristics! ! !
  31. 31. Ashland Corridor Characteristics! ! !
  32. 32. Commute Times! ! ! Average Drive Alone Average Carpool Average Transit Average Bike/ Walk
  33. 33. Project Description! ! ! 35
  34. 34. Vision and Impacts! ! ! 36
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  38. 38. Premise! Innovative complete streets projects are being delayed because the public does not like change (and -- by their very nature -- complete streets projects represent change). Volumes of materials for complete streets design are readily available, but there are no good sources on how to talk about these projects. ! ! Communications strategy, not design, is the large impediment to transforming urban streets.! ! Proposal! The creation of a playbook on how to discuss the (1) need, (2) function, and (3) utility of complete streets projects with the goal to arm public officials as they push their new initiatives. ! ! ! ! !
  39. 39. Goose Island Express!
  40. 40. Joe Iacobucci! Director of Transit! Sam Schwartz Engineering! ! jiacobucci@samschwartz.com! New York + Newark + Chicago + Washington DC + Tampa + Los Angeles!

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