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When Your Urban Core Arrives

Texas Pedestrian Safety Forum, July 12, 2018
When Your Urban Core Arrives | University Drive in College Station Presented by James Robertson, Ph.D., P.E., Lee Engineering

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When Your Urban Core Arrives

  1. 1. 8/2/2018 1 James Robertson, PhD, PE Lee Engineering San Antonio, Texas
  2. 2. 8/2/2018 2 Bryan ≈ 81,000 Residents College Station ≈ 104,000 Residents Bryan ≈ 81,000 Residents
  3. 3. 8/2/2018 3 Texas A&M University • ≈ 66,000 students • 102,733 person stadium (Kyle Field) • ≈ 800 TTI employees Texas A&M University • ≈ 66,000 students • 102,733 person stadium (Kyle Field) • ≈ 800 TTI employees With ≈75,000 people: 4th Largest Downtown in Texas!
  4. 4. 8/2/2018 4 Texas A&M University • ≈ 66,000 students • 102,733 person stadium (Kyle Field) • ≈ 800 TTI employees With ≈75,000 people: 4th Largest Downtown in Texas! Northgate College Station’s Downtown
  5. 5. 8/2/2018 5 TAMU Campus TAMU Campus TAMU Student Housing
  6. 6. 8/2/2018 6 Northgate TAMU Campus TAMU Student Housing Northgate TAMU Campus TAMU Student Housing Abandoned Hotel
  7. 7. 8/2/2018 7 Northgate TAMU Campus TAMU Student Housing Abandoned Hotel Bar District Merchant Request: • Lighting • Parking • Pedestrian Safety
  8. 8. 8/2/2018 8 University Drive Concept Plan: • Wider Sidewalks • Narrower Lanes • Medians • Signal Upgrades Merchant Request: • Lighting • Parking • Pedestrian Safety Meanwhile…
  9. 9. 8/2/2018 9 Meanwhile… Growth!
  10. 10. 8/2/2018 10 And… And… Funding!
  11. 11. 8/2/2018 11 And… Funding! Voters Approve Bond for: • Wider Sidewalks • Narrower Lanes • Medians • Signal Upgrades And… Funding! Voters Approve Bond for: • Wider Sidewalks • Narrower Lanes • Medians • Signal Upgrades Project 1
  12. 12. 8/2/2018 12 Project 1 Project 2 And… Funding! Voters Approve Bond for: • Wider Sidewalks • Narrower Lanes • Medians • Signal Upgrades During Design…
  13. 13. 8/2/2018 13 And? Project 1
  14. 14. 8/2/2018 14 And? Resistance… Project 1 And? Resistance… Plan Calls for: • No Parking on University Drive • Closing College Main • Medians Project 1
  15. 15. 8/2/2018 15 And? Resistance… Plan Calls for: • No Parking on University Drive • Closing College Main • Medians Project 1 College Main And? Resistance… Plan Calls for: • No Parking on University Drive • Closing College Main • Medians Project 1 College Main Parking Removal
  16. 16. 8/2/2018 16 And? Resistance… Plan Calls for: • No Parking on University Drive • Closing College Main • Medians Project 1 College Main Parking Removal Close to Traffic
  17. 17. 8/2/2018 17 “Loading” Zone
  18. 18. 8/2/2018 18 Pedestrian/Bicycle Mall “Loading” Zone Parking Removed “Loading” Zone Pedestrian/Bicycle Mall
  19. 19. 8/2/2018 19 Parking Removed Barrier Wall “Loading” Zone Pedestrian/Bicycle Mall Meanwhile…
  20. 20. 8/2/2018 20 And…
  21. 21. 8/2/2018 21 Project 2? Delays…
  22. 22. 8/2/2018 22 Project 2? Delays… Project 2 “Technical” Challenges: • Relocating signal from private access to public street. • Coordination with on-going development. • Counter flow bicycle lanes. • Other design choices…
  23. 23. 8/2/2018 23 Project 2 Non-Technical Challenges: • Leftover resistance from Project 1 • Staff turnover • Agreement between 3 agencies: • City, TxDOT, & TAMU • Desire to do more. Project 2 Non-Technical Challenges: • Leftover resistance from Project 1 • Staff turnover • Agreement between 3 agencies: • City, TxDOT, & TAMU • Desire to do more. Can we do more?... Yes, at a cost.
  24. 24. 8/2/2018 24 Project 2 Non-Technical Challenges: • Leftover resistance from Project 1 • Staff turnover • Agreement between 3 agencies: • City, TxDOT, & TAMU • Desire to do more. Can we do more?... Yes, at a cost.  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street.
  25. 25. 8/2/2018 25  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. Prove it!  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street.
  26. 26. 8/2/2018 26  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. Date Range  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. Wait time Date Range
  27. 27. 8/2/2018 27  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. Wait time Number of Calls Date Range  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. 7 AM
  28. 28. 8/2/2018 28  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. 7 AM Midnight  University Drive through Northgate is now a downtown street. 7 AM Midnight Between 7 am and midnight 87 % of the cycles had a pedestrian call.
  29. 29. 8/2/2018 29 This was at 9:20 am This was at 9:20 am There are 37 people walking in this image.
  30. 30. 8/2/2018 30  Implement pedestrian only phase. ◦ Requires No Right-Turn on Red.  Implement pedestrian only phase. ◦ Requires No Right-Turn on Red.  Implement protected only left turns. ◦ For University Drive.
  31. 31. 8/2/2018 31  Implement pedestrian only phase. ◦ Requires No Right-Turn on Red.  Implement protected only left turns. ◦ For University Drive.  Benefit: ◦ A potential 73 % reduction in expected number of crashes.  Implement pedestrian only phase. ◦ Requires No Right-Turn on Red.  Implement protected only left turns. ◦ For University Drive.  Benefit: ◦ A potential 73 % reduction in expected number of crashes.  Cost: ◦ Increased travel time. ◦ From 1 to 3 minutes to 2 to 4 minutes.
  32. 32. 8/2/2018 32 WITHOUT Protected Only Phasing
  33. 33. 8/2/2018 33 WITHOUT Protected Only Phasing WITHOUT Protected Only Phasing
  34. 34. 8/2/2018 34 WITHOUT Protected Only Phasing WITH Protected Only Phasing
  35. 35. 8/2/2018 35 WITH Protected Only Phasing WITH Protected Only Phasing
  36. 36. 8/2/2018 36 WITH Protected Only Phasing WITH Protected Only Phasing
  37. 37. 8/2/2018 37 The Real Ask!
  38. 38. 8/2/2018 38 TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square
  39. 39. 8/2/2018 39
  40. 40. 8/2/2018 40 TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square
  41. 41. 8/2/2018 41 TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square
  42. 42. 8/2/2018 42 TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square TAMU TAMU Northgate Century Square
  43. 43. 8/2/2018 43 James Robertson, PhD, PE Lee Engineering, San Antonio jrobertson@lee-eng.com (210) 561-5411 Opening Nov/Dec 2018!

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