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1 An UniversityCity Developed for Sweetwater and Florida International University SEPTEMBER 2011 FDOT District VI & the Florida Turnpike Enterprise with Lehman Center for Transportation Research FIU Maidique Campus Sweetwater City Hall Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

2 Through the following three UniversityCity Project opportunities, Sweetwater & FIU will improve the way they grow together! Lehman Center for Transportation Research 1.Sustainable Sweetwater SAMS and FY2011Community Challenge Planning Grant 2.FDOT Turnpike Interchange US41 3.FIU/Sweetwater “First Step Charrette” and FY2011 TIGER Discretionary Grant Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson City of Sweetwater Florida International University

3 1. A Submittal of the Sustainable Sweetwater Sub- Area Mobility Study (SAMS) & Community Challenge Planning Grant Program (CCPGP) proposals SAMS will examine innovative pedestrian-oriented transportation options with financial support from Sweetwater, FIU & FDOT District VI and subject to the CCPGP award – Agreed Upon September 2011 CCPGP funds, if awarded by HUD, will master plan Sweetwater based upon Sustainable Communities Initiative goals/strategies/outcomes using SAMS and other FIU & Sweetwater commitments as the required 20% match – Submitted to HUD September 2011 Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

4 Several components mentioned in the SAMS/CCPGP submittals are collectively identified with an Advanced Transit Oriented Developments (ATODs) : Advanced Transit & Multimodal Stations that have also been referenced as a larger sized Advanced Park-N- Ride and Multimodal Stops (APMS) Transit Greenways and Mixed-Mode Streets Linked Parking Structures & Mixed-Use Liner Buildings Traffic-Calmed Streets Pedestrian-oriented urban centers with plazas, public squares, courtyards, zaquanes, arcades, pedestrian corridors and other such public places Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

5 ATOD SCHEMATIC DESIGN ISSUES Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

6 ADVANCED TRANSIT & MULTIMODAL STATIONS Lehman Center for Transportation Research Planning efforts could incorporate multimodal station into the Market Station & Red Parking Garages or otherwise with mixed-use pedestrian bridges over U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail similar to structures at Maisonneuve Complex in Hull, Canada, the University of Newfoundland, Canada, and at the Denver Mall, Colorado, USA This depiction is one of many possible options View of intersection at SW 109 th Avenue & US41 Boulevard Maisonneuve at Hull, Canada 3 story enclosed, mixed-use & pedestrian bridge University of Newfoundland mixed-use pedestrian bridge Prince Philip Drive Denver Mall & grade separated station Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson Bus goes to lower level Market Station is glass enclosed building with AC Single level enclosed bridge 3 story enclosed, mixed-use & pedestrian bridges Proposed Mixed-use building Proposed 3 story enclosed, mixed- use & pedestrian bridge Proposed Advanced Transit & Multimodal Station as a parking garage liner building

7 TRANSIT GREENWAYS Lehman Center for Transportation Research A linear park that provides transport for pedestrians, bicyclists, and via narrow gauge rail tram Orlando, USAStrasbourg, France Thomas Lucido & Associates Archer/Abate/Urbanform Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

8 MIXED-MODE STREETS IN EUROPE John Zacharias & SOUTH AMERICA Bus Rapid Transit Guide Lehman Center for Transportation Research Bogotá, Columbia Amsterdam, The Netherlands Strasbourg, France IMCL Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

9 PLAZAS THAT GATHER AND HOLD PEDESTRIANS SO AS TO ENHANCE PROPERTY VALUES, HEALTH, SAFETY & TRANSIT ACCESS Baltimore, USA Palma de Mallorca, Spain Vienna, Austria Florence, Italy Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

10 2. Florida Turnpike Enterprise Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study Florida Turnpike Enterprise completed a PD&E study for corridor and interchange enhancements along the Homestead Extension in 2009 and plans to design specific interchange improvements soon A Florida Turnpike Enterprise Intersection Study centered at the intersection of the Turnpike Homestead Extension and U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) needs to be undertaken to directly link interchange elements and future FIU parking structures for the UniversityCity (serving a similar function as provided by the centralized parking, rail station and port facilities found in Venice, Italy) Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

11 A New Florida Turnpike Enterprise Study could include: Improved and/or direct access to parking structures adjacent the Turnpike Homestead Extension arranged as part of an ATOD Elements of a Turnpike Plaza incorporated in the improved intersections designed at the Turnpike Homestead Extension/U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) Initial examination of the financial benefits & costs and a feasibility analysis assuming mixed-mode streets and transit greenways to distribute travelers as they walk or use bicycles for the first and last mile of each UniversityCity trip Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

12 Proposed Initial Sweetwater, FIU & FDOT Planning Study Efforts Summary Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

13 3. FY 2011 TIGER Discretionary Grant/TIFIA funding US DOT is looking for multimodal projects that are hard to accomplish given current transportation programmatic guidelines that will achieve goals and pioneer livability strategies they have identified especially when the project: enhances integrated planning and investment provides a vision for sustainable growth redefines housing affordability and makes it transparent redevelops underutilized sites develops livability measures and tools aligns HUD, DOT and EPA programs undertakes joint research, data collection and outreach Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

14 The TIGER/TIFIA Program enables US DOT to: Use a rigorous process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make investments in our Nation’s infrastructure that make communities more livable and sustainable Select projects based upon their ability to contribute to the long- term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve safety of U.S. transportation facilities, and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. Focus on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

15 FY2011 TIGER/TIFIA capital funding opportunities could be based upon First Step Charrette decisions The FY2011 TIGER Discretionary Grant program is now open for proposals using $ in FY2011 funds provided for the US DOT’s National Infrastructure Investments Pre-Applications are due October 3, 2011 and final very detailed applications are due October 31, 2011 Grants likely to be approved will range from $10 million to $25 million (despite the $200 million limit that is provided); an unique Benefit-Cost analysis must be preformed and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements met. Planning, preparation, or design costs are eligible as a small part of the overall construction project A 20% non-federal cost share is required & therefore a minimum project size is $12.5 million It is anticipated that TIFA funding could be available to support projects 10 fold larger than the TIGER Discretionary Grant Eligible applications include FDOT, Sweetwater, MDX, and FIU Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

16 and Advanced Technologies that provide Sustainable and Practical Solutions! FIU has begun to conceptualize a Informed Traveler Program that would represent an initial deployment of: Community-based Information Technologies (IT) Connect Vehicle Technologies (CVT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Highways for Life (HfL) Innovations Every Day Counts (EDC) Initiatives Planning technologies and strategies that optimize safe, multimodal, financially self-sufficient transportation systems Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

17 A First Step Charrette was held September 23-24, 2011 so FIU and Sweetwater could explore: What bridge and other capital improvements might be agreed upon in support of broader short-term (5 year) design, planning, infrastructure, and traffic design goals Other matters of mutual interest long-term (15 year) UniversityCity development goals Realistic project timeline Bridge Design competition option and process Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson Lehman Center for Transportation Research

18 To understand TIGER funding priorities: Understand the Sustainable Communities Initiative See and A high-level interagency partnership was launched by a U.S. DOT, U.S. HUD, and U.S. EPA agreement dated June 16, 2011 that identified housing and transportation goals to be achieved while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and helping to address the challenges of climate change: Gain better access to affordable housing More transportation choices Lower transportation costs Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson

19 To maximize near term federal capital funding in combination with a proposed Miami-Dade Express Bus service from FIU/Sweetwater to MIC, the following proposals & variations could be considered and agreed by Sweetwater & FIU by the end of September 2011 $ 25 million TIGER funded Informed Traveler Program (ITP) $ million based upon ITP required 20% match ($325,000 MDX/FIU contract +$5.925 million ITP revenue) $150 million TIFIA funded Advanced Transit Station & multi-use pedestrian bridge $ 25 million TIFIA funded Informed Traveler Program Command Center & tower $ 20 million TIFIA funded Acquisition of Transit Greenway property parcels) $ 25 million TIFIA funded Transit Greenways contraction/installation (for 4 miles) $ 30 million TIFIA funded Access Structures between grades and other costs $ million Total TIGER/TIFIA project costs Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson Lehman Center for Transportation Research

20 PARK-TO-PARK TRANSIT GREENWAY VIA AN “ARBOR DAY EVERYDAY” STRATEGY Copyright 2010 Thomas F. Gustafson Women’s Park to Tamiami Park as well as local parks City of Sweetwater Florida International University Engineering Center ATOD If you choose to build 4 miles of transit greenway for about $25 million from Women’s Park to Tamiami Park through Sweetwater and FIU and you choose a small contractor to build a 58 feet segment of transit greenway every night, then a plan can be devised for tree to be planted within each newly constructed segment so you can celebrate Arbor Day Everyday for a year with the planting of a mature shade tree each morning at about 9:00 AM.

21 These Sustainable Communities Initiative efforts, coordinated with the Sweetwater, FIU, Miami-Dade, FDOT & others, could: Transform Sweetwater & Miami-Dade County into a South Florida paradise Help to achieve FIU’s development plans as a nationally ranked research university and innovators in higher education Access the high-quality educational and job training services available through improved access to all the institutions of higher education in the Southeast Florida Region Develop a Southeast Florida Health Sciences and Technology Corridor out of and extending from this Sweetwater/FIU and other UniversityCity developments Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson Arbol (near Islets of Granada, Nicaragua)

22 QUESTIONS ? Tom Gustafson Lehman Center for Transportation Research College of Engineering and Computing West Flagler Street, EC 3601 Miami, Florida Telephone: Lehman Center for Transportation Research Copyright 2011 Thomas F. Gustafson


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