Welcome Working Advisory Group Meeting #2 – Part 2 May 4, 2011 Working Group Meeting #2 - Part 2 May 4, 2011 Today’s Agenda Welcome Traffic 2010-2035 Break Out Groups: Concerns & Opportunities Revised Principles Consolidated Goals & Objectives Public Meeting #2: May 18th •Open House •Agenda –Topics and Speakers Traffic 2010-2035 Traffic 2010-2035 1. Existing Conditions 2. Traffic Projections Methodology - Regional Traffic Model - Local Development Parcels 3. 2035 Future Conditions 4. Traffic Operations 5. Next Steps Traffic Study Area Data Collection • Eleven Hour (7 AM–6 PM) at 16 Intersections – Vehicles, Trucks, Peds, Bikes • Field Observations/Calibration – Traffic analysis adjustments – Accurate representation of existing conditions • License Plate Data – Casey Overpass – Parking lots • Accident Data 2010 Existing AM Volumes Average Daily Trips = 24,000 Weekday AM Peak Hour - Vehicles 2010 Weekday Peak Hour Traffic Volumes 2010 Weekday Peak Hour Traffic Volumes PM 2010 Weekday Peak Hour Pedestrians & Bicycles PM Peds PM Bikes 2035 No Build Traffic Volumes 2035 Regional Model (CTPS) Local Development Parcels (City) 2035 No Build Traffic Volumes Three Key Topics on Regional Travel • Role of Boston MPO • Regional Travel Demand Model • How the Analysis will be Performed. Geography Covers 164 communities in eastern Massachusetts Transportation Analysis Zones (TAZs) 2727 TAZs in the 164 communities. Basic unit of analysis for inputs into model. Demand Side – Demographic and Land Use Data by TAZ 1. Population 2. Household 3. Employment TAZ Boston Total Boston Region MPO Population 2008 2035 609,000 727,700 Adopted Land Use Forecasts Households Delta 2008 2035 Delta 118,700 255,300 302,000 46,700 Employment 2008 2035 550,300 603,400 Delta 53,100 3,139,700 3,475,000 335,300 1,282,900 1,464,300 181,400 1,810,700 1,937,000 126,300 CTPS Model Area 4,421,100 4,943,600 522,500 1,771,300 2,013,500 242,200 2,324,500 2,528,200 203,700 Supply Side – Includes all of the major transportation modes that exist today Base Year 2010 1. Major roadways, arterials, collectors, some local roads 2. Transit system – bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, and ferry service 3. Walkable and bikeable networks Future Year 2035 1. Everything in the 2010 base year 2. 2035 Boston Region MPO transportation investments Data Sets Used in the Model • • • • • • • • • • Land use forecasts Census data Household survey On-board transit surveys Traffic Counts Inventories of parking usage and costs MBTA fare and engineering data MassDOT Highway engineering data Transit counts Pedestrian/bike counts How an Analysis is Performed 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Base Year Calibrated - 2010 Forecast Year No-build – 2035 Build alternatives developed - all inputs remain constant but transportation system is changed. • roadway connectivity • lanes • capacity • speed based in signals Feed regional traffic flow results to project team Project team examines local traffic Forest Hills Area – Potential Build Out 3521 Washington St Residential: 280 dwelling units (former Flanagan & Seaton) Retail: 130,000 sq. ft. Arborway Yards Office: 335,000 sq. ft. 3615 Washington St (former Hughes Oil) LAZ Lot MBTA Parking Lot MBTA Parcel W MBTA Parcel V MBTA Parcel U 2035 No Build Growth Summary Assuming NO change to local roadways, travel patterns, etc…… Vehicular Volumes: Casey Overpass (Regional): + 5% Surface Roads (Regional & Local): + 12% Non-Motorized (Peds & Bikes): + 13% Transit Ridership: + 10% 2035 No Build AM Volumes 2035 Weekday No Build Peak Hour Traffic Volumes PM Existing Intersection Levels of Service (LOS) AM PM Existing Queue Lengths AM PM Pedestrian & Bicycle Operations • Multimodal Evaluation framework – Shared street right-of-way • Identify pedestrian/bicycle space, travel speed, and LOS in association with vehicle presence Future Traffic Analysis • 2035 No-Build Traffic Operations • Conceptual Idea Screening • Alternatives Analysis • Regional Modeling (Diversions) • Refined Local Analysis Regional Travel Path Options CASEY OVERPASS Draft Local Travel Path Options Outbound Inbound END START END START Inbound Outbound Path Distance North of Casey Overpass 2.3 - 3.2 miles South of Casey Overpass 3.2 - 4.4 miles Via Casey Overpass 2.4 miles Path Distance North of Casey Overpass 2.2 - 2.8 miles South of Casey Overpass 3.0 - 4.4 miles Via Casey Overpass 2.4 miles Revised Principles Consolidated Goals & Objectives Original Principles • Address a structurally deficient bridge. • Protect and respect the design for Arborway Yards. • Improve safety for all users. • Develop alternatives that meet ABP budget and schedule. Added Principles • Adopt Principles of Universal Design (accessible and barrier-free design). • Strive to have an inclusive process for the sharing of information. • Improve quality of life for residents. • Integrate artistic elements in designs. Original Goals Mobility 1. Improve roadway geometry to enhance circulation for all modes and users 2. Strengthen local and regional corridor connections for all users (desire lines, interest nodes, gateways, coordinate signals) 3. Improve access and intermodal connections to promote transportation choices (modal transfers, options – park N ride, taxis, bike, pedestrian etc.) 4. Integrate sustainability principles into design concepts (materials, specs, maintenance, etc) Livability 1. Remove Barriers for Neighborhood Connections and Circulation 2. Enhance the Human Connections and Create a Sense of Community Place 3. Integrate Transit with Economic and Residential Areas 4. Celebrate the Area’s Architectural, Historic Transportation and Landscape Features 5. Improve the Visibility, Connectivity and Access to Gateway Open Spaces: Southwest Corridor, Franklin Park, Arnold Arboretum and the Forest Hills Cemetery 6. Enhance the Quality of Life in Residential Areas (noise, air quality, cut through traffic) Consolidated Mobility and Livability Goals • Improve roadway geometry to enhance circulation for modes and users. • Improve access, modal and intermodal local and regional corridor connections to promote transportation choices. • Integrate sustainability into design concepts. • Remove barriers for neighborhood connections and integrate transit into economic centers and residential areas. • Create a destination and Sense of Place and celebrate the area’s architectural, transportation and open space history. • Improve the visibility, connectivity and access to gateway open spaces. Sample Consolidated Objectives • Improve roadway geometry to enhance circulation for modes and users. – 21 objectives • Improve access, modal and intermodal local and regional corridor connections to promote transportation choices – 14 objectives • Integrate sustainability into design concepts – 11 objectives • Remove barriers for neighborhood connections and integrate transit into economic centers and residential areas – 21 objectives • Create a destination and Sense of Place and celebrate the area’s architectural, transportation and open space history – 17 objectives • Improve the visibility, connectivity and access to gateway open spaces – 9 objectives Improve access, modal and intermodal local and regional corridor connections to promote transportation choices – 14 Total Objectives Examples: • Seek ways to improve coordination of existing transit services where possible • Explore the provision for expanded public transportation options in the study area • Bus stops that don’t impede pedestrian flow • Identify future transit demands and solutions to increase capacity • Consider local streets as alternate east-west connections • Better connections from Washington St to Hyde Park Ave through station • Improve drop-off/pick-up at station/park & ride • Improve usage of the "Pedal Park" facilities at Forest Hills T Station • Identify solutions that include both short-term and long-term actions to improve traffic flow and safety. • Seek ways to improve coordination of existing transit services where possible • Explore opportunities for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) • Parking, Park 'n' Ride, Taxi locations and queuing Integrate sustainability into design concepts – 11Total Objectives • Increase tree canopy • Reduce the amount of pavement and the resulting heat-island effect • Manage storm water run-off to recharge the soil • Use native and low maintenance plants • Reuse locally sourced low maintenance materials • Utilize pervious pavements • Reduce the amount of energy used/potentially generating power on-site • Minimize future construction costs • Develop designs to reduce the need for maintenance (low maintenance design) • Minimize noise impacts on adjacent residences and other sensitive receptors • Improve air quality Create a destination and Sense of Place and celebrate the area’s architectural, transportation and open space history 17 Total Objectives Examples: • Maximize potential reuse of land along the corridor • Provide space for the 4th of July Celebration and other community gatherings. • Create areas for activities: under bridge(s) and along corridor • Make the space memorable and visible – Create Gateways • Create areas for art • Improve visual sightlines to area's architectural, open space/landscape and historic features • Design roadways, viaducts, sidewalks and landscaping to be compatible with existing community context (green) • Provide interpretive signage for destination and history • Restore lost historic landscape elements • Restore the significance of Parks on the National Register of Historic Places Improve the visibility, connectivity and access to gateway open spaces – 9 Total Objectives Examples: • Restore lost historic landscape elements • Enhance the prominence of Parks on the National Register of Historic Places • Develop coordinated signage/identification (branding) • Incorporate identity features into design at-grade or bridge • Art - Celebrate Connections Greenway connections • Connection from Hamsted Neighborhood to Arboretum for bike & pedestrians Break Out Sessions Concerns and Opportunities What are the top three transportation concerns facing this area, locally and regionally? What do you think will happen if the bridge goes away? Break Out Sessions Report Back Public Meeting #2 May 18, 2011 Working Group Participation •Part of the Presentation •Assigned Speakers •Agenda Draft Agenda 1. Project Overview – Purpose and Goals a. ABP program – budget and schedule b. Planning & Concept Design Phase 2. Traffic Analysis: Local and Regional – 2010 to 2035 3. Framework for Design a. Approach and Method b. Presentation of 3 Frameworks c. Selection Process 4. Design Principles, Goals and Objectives a. Process and Purpose of Evaluation Criteria b. Presentation of Principles c. Presentation of Goals 5. Next Meeting Date Planning Study Meeting Schedule Meeting 1 Project Purpose, Goals and Existing Conditions Meeting 2 Issues & Opportunities, Evaluation Criteria, 2035 Traffic Projections, Framework for Design Alternatives Meeting 3 Development of Alternatives, Refinement of Evaluation Criteria Meeting 4 Finalization of Alternatives, Apply Evaluation Criteria Meeting 5 Selection of Preferred Alternative 46 Assignment #2 Due TODAY Reference Material Boston Region MPO • The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process (often called the 3C—continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive— process) for the Boston metropolitan area. • The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for the region and then decides how to allocate federal and some state transportation funds to programs and projects— roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian—that support that vision. • The work of the MPO is conducted by the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) under the direction of the Boston Region MPO. Boston Region MPO • • • • Role of Boston MPO. Develops regional vision. The work of the MPO is performed by CTPS. MPO uses and provides direction on assumptions used in the regional model. • Adopts MPO land use assumptions • Identifies future transportation investments for the area in a fiscally constrained Long Range Transportation Plan MPO Process • Forum for regional transportation planning • Reason for maintaining regional model – long range transportation planning and its impact on air quality, environmental justice, and finances. • Adopts MPO land use assumptions • Identifies future transportation investments for the area in a fiscally constrained Long Range Transportation Plan Overview of Travel Demand Model Geography Transportation Analysis Zones (TAZ) Demand Side – land use (RPA) Supply Side – transportation system Data Sets Used in Model Outputs from Model Five Step Travel Demand Model How an Analysis is Performed Outputs from the Model Highway • Traffic volume by time period for links • Congested speeds, VMT, and VHT • Emissions from highway and transit Transit • Transit use by mode and time period • Loads on the lines • Transfer activity Develop A Common Platform for Mobility and Livability Goals: MOBILITY: the ability to reach a destination and to use, choose and transfer modes in a time and cost that are satisfactory. Mobility is higher when average travel times, variations in travel times, and travel costs are low. The provision of multi-modal opportunities is essential for good mobility LIVABILITY: the use of transportation investments to improve the standard of living, the environment, and quality of life for all communities. Livable communities are places where transportation, housing and commercial development investments have been coordinated so that people have access to adequate, affordable and environmentally sustainable travel options.