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1 Chattanooga-Hamilton County/N. GA Transportation Planning Organization 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Leadership Symposium March 13, 2013

2 TPO Structure & Plan Requirement Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) -29 member regional policy board (19 governments) - staffed by the Regional Planning Agency - new plan every four years with 20+ year horizon - federally funded planning and implementation - legislative requirements including air quality standards TPO Planning Area

3 Public Outreach 26 events/activities: 1 st Leadership Symposium committee meetings stakeholder discussion groups topic-based workshops (climate change, transit, and call for projects) public workshops + questionnaire 812 interactions In just six months…

4 Information Gathering/Synthesis Define Goals, Objectives, and Performance Criteria Public and Stakeholder Input Economic and Business Considerations Identify Needs Current and Projected Transportation Deficiencies Congestion Multimodal Connections Safety Environmental Access to Community Resources System Maintenance Identify Solutions Call for Projects (Local and State) Multimodal Gap Analysis Additional Road and Transit Capacity Public and Stakeholder Input neighborhood traffic safety traffic flow road condition build roads bikeways sidewalks 25% Over Capacity Slightly Over Capacity 2010 Transit Gaps

5 Plan Goals Adopted 2040 Goals: A Scaled & Balanced Approach

6 Goal BUILD AND MAINTAIN SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Objectives Support walkable and bicycle-friendly communities that promote safe connections to community resources Provide incentives for complete streets project design Encourage investments anchored in integrated transportation and land use planning that support desired community character Improve safety through improved system operations, preventative maintenance, and ADA compliance Prioritize investments in areas where local land use and development regulations support healthy, safe communities Prioritize investment that improves multimodal access to existing or planned transit hubs or that fills gaps in existing multimodal system Encourage connected street network Within Community 6

7 Goal CONNECT COMMUNITIES IN THE REGION BY PROVIDING MULTIMODAL TRAVEL OPTIONS TO ACTIVITY AND ECONOMIC CENTERS Objectives Preserve, maintain, and improve existing infrastructure before adding new capacity Provide incentives for complete streets project design Encourage corridor improvements anchored in integrated transportation and land use planning that support desired community character Improve mobility and support economic development by providing expanded set of travel options, with emphasis on public transit Improve travel time reliability through improved system operations Incentive corridor protection plans Community to Region 7

8 Region to Region Goal GROW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN CRITICAL REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE Objectives Preserve, maintain, and improve existing infrastructure before adding new capacity Support continued economic growth of the region by improving intermodal connections that reduce delay for both people and goods Reduce delay on critical regional thoroughfares with minimal impact to community, historic and environmental resources Improve the efficiency and reliability of freight, cargo, and goods movement by reducing delay on corridors critical to freight movement Improve travel time reliability through improved system operations 8

9 Performance Evaluation 9

10 How pleased are you to be here today? A.Extremely happy, can’t think of anything you’d rather be doing B.Pleased to be here but concerned about how long it will last C.Are here because you were told you had to be but don’t mind participating D.Are only attending to ensure that the planners don’t screw anything up E.Would rather be at the dentist getting a root canal…

11 OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS 2040 RTP Leadership Symposium

12 Steps of Plan Development Process 12 Define Goals, Objectives, and Performance Criteria Public and Stakeholder Input Economic and Business Considerations Identify Needs Current and Projected Transportation Deficiencies CongestionCongestion Multimodal ConnectionsMultimodal Connections Safety/ SecuritySafety/ Security Access to Community ResourcesAccess to Community Resources MaintenanceMaintenance OperationsOperations Identify Solutions Call for Projects (Local and State) Multimodal Gap Analysis Additional Road and Transit Capacity Public and Stakeholder Input Package Solutions and Evaluate Alternative Scenarios Bypasses and Connectors Big Transit Blend of the Best Constrain and Draft Regional Transportation Plan Project Evaluation/ Rankings Available Revenue Project Costs – Capital and O&M Project Phasing Evaluate and Document MAP-21 Performance Demonstration Conformity Determination Report Public Involvement Process and Report

13 Maintaining the System Bridge, current conditions assessment – 2012 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Database – Structural deficiency status based on bridge condition – Functional obsolete status based on geometrics, e.g., number and width of lanes – All bridges in region greater than 20-foot length 13 Summary Bridge Conditions in Chattanooga Region

14 Maintaining the System (continued) 14 Average bridge health index – 92%

15 Maintaining the System (continued) 15 Pavement, current conditions assessment – 2008 Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) database – Percent of lanes miles in good/fair/poor condition based on roughness – Thresholds defined by Federal Highway Administration – Sample data Summary Pavement Conditions in Chattanooga Region

16 Reducing Congestion Base-year congestion analysis – Worst congestion along I-24 and I-75 – Severe congestion at junction of I-24/I-75 – U.S. 27 north of river – Hamilton Place Mall – Northgate Mall Downtown relatively uncongested 16

17 Reducing Congestion (continued) Future-year congestion analysis – U.S. 27 congestion relieved (widening project underway) Outward expansion and general increase in severity of general congestion due to population and employment growth over time 17

18 Reducing Congestion (continued) Mobility corridor analysis – More detailed assessment of 13 mobility corridors – Geographic sample of corridors with high volume auto and truck traffic (“scale 3”) – Corridors evaluated and scored Congestion Management Process (CMP) route 2040 congestion levels Key freight route Supports high-volume external to external (through) trip movement 18

19 Improving Safety Systemwide safety analysis – Traffic crashes leading cause of death 5-34 years old – 55 deaths; 330 injuries annually in region – $1,700 per person RTP Emphasis areas – Roadway departure – Aggressive driving – Intersection crashes 19

20 Improving Security Climate adaptation analysis – Critical transportation assets defined Chickamauga Lock and Dam Chattanooga Airport and SR 153 access Interchange of I-75/I-24 Enterprise South road and rail access Downtown bridges Sequoyah nuclear plant – Redundant facilities and evacuation routes identified 20

21 Providing Access Accessibility analysis to measure proximity of people and homes to – Active transportation facilities Bicycle facilities (B-LOS of B or better) Parks and Open Space Trails CARTA Transit Stops – Health-related destinations Healthcare Facilities Grocery Stores and Supermarkets Farmers Markets /Community Gardens/ Mobile Markets Public and Private Schools 21

22 Environmental Sustainability Needs Walk and Bicycle Access: Percentage of Homes with Access to Active Transportation Facilities Walk and Bicycle Access: Percentage of Homes with Access to Active Transportation Facilities 1/4 Mile Walk Access 1 Mile Bicycle Access Providing Access (continued) 22

23 Connecting the System Transit Gap Analysis – Locations of highest transit demand Population and household density Land use mix Intersection density Distance to nearest transit stop Jobs within one mile – Mapped against existing and planned infrastructure – Low income, minority and elderly population as overlay 23

24 Connecting the System (continued) Bicycle Gap Analysis – Locations of highest bike demand Population and household density Intersection density Jobs within one mile Distance to nearest transit stop Distance to commercial store Public/private schools within one mile Parks and recreation facilities within one mile – Mapped against existing and planned infrastructure – Low income, minority and elderly population as overlay 24

25 Connecting the System (continued) Pedestrian Gap Analysis – Locations of highest pedestrian demand Population and household density Intersection density Jobs within one mile Distance to nearest transit stop Distance to commercial store Public/private schools within one mile Parks and recreation facilities within one mile – Mapped against existing and planned infrastructure – Low income, minority and elderly population as overlay 25

26 Improving Livability and the Environment Livability corridor analysis – More detailed assessment of 24 livability corridors – Geographic sample of corridors with potential for broad multimodal enhancements and VMT reduction (“scale 2”) – Corridors evaluated and scored in terms of: Potential complete streets corridor, 2035 Plan Lack of bike/pedestrian/ transit infrastructure Population and employment density Congestion levels

27 Operating the System Operations assessment – Extensive ITS coverage on freeways; opportunity to extend into north Georgia – Downtown Chattanooga has extensive communication network for managing key arterials in real time; opportunity to extend to more corridors with centralized management center – Opportunity for transit signal priority for key corridors 27

28 Which of the following types of roadways should be the highest priority for improvements: A.Freeways (e.g. I-24, I-75, US-27) B.Major Arterials (e.g. Amnicola Highway, Lee Highway) C.Minor Arterials (e.g. Bonny Oaks, E. Brainerd Road) D.Collectors & Locals (e.g. Snow Hill Rd, Mack Smith Rd.)

29 What’s the most important transit trip for the region? A.Trips around town for shopping or recreation B.Trips to and from work C.Trips that enhance access to social services D.There are no important trips

30 What’s more important to bicycle and pedestrian travel? A.Connecting to places within your town (parks, schools, libraries, etc.) B.Connecting to regional destinations (other towns and regional parks, etc.) C.Both

31 How important is walkability to the future of the study area? A.Extremely important, we must have it no matter what B.Important, but only in the city limits C.Somewhat important, but primarily in transit corridors and downtowns D.Nice to have, but not necessarily needed for the area to be a future success E.Unimportant

32 FUNDING OUR NEEDS 2040 RTP Leadership Symposium

33 Funding Needs Level of investment needed to: – Maintain existing infrastructure – Strategically expand and operate Define needs in context of projected revenue over life of 2040 transportation plan Define gap/unmet needs Scenario discussion to support best use of available funds given needs identified 33

34 Current Bridge Maintenance Funding Needs 34 Total current needs = $105M

35 Long Term Bridge Maintenance Funding Needs Projected Bridge Conditions in 2040 Given Funding Level 35 Total needs over life of plan = $322M

36 Current Pavement Maintenance Funding Needs 36

37 Long Term Pavement Maintenance Funding Needs Projected Conditions in 2040 Given Funding Level Baseline condition = 83% 37 Total needs over life of plan = $1.38B

38 Total System Maintenance Needs How much will it cost to maintain existing transportation system, in current conditions, over life of long-range plan? $1.7 billion More than doubling current spending levels from 2035 Plan 38

39 New Investment Needs How much will it cost to build, operate, and maintain all additional identified needs in the region? 39 $7.0 billion

40 Total Investment Needs Existing System Maintenance $1.7 billion Total Needs $8.7 billion Additional Identified Needs $7.0 billion 40

41 Revenue Availability And how much funding is actually available between now and 2040? $5.7 billion 41

42 Spending the Money $1.7B(MAINTAIN) $7.0B(EXPAND) 42

43 Spending the Money (continued) $5.7B(AVAILABLE) 43

44 Spending the Money (continued) $5.7B(AVAILABLE) $1.7B $4.0B$3.0B UNFUNDEDFUNDED 44

45 Spending the Money (continued) $5.7B(AVAILABLE) $1.3B $1.7B$5.7BFUNDEDUNFUNDED 45

46 Spending the Money (continued) $5.7B(AVAILABLE) $0.5B$2.5B$1.2B$4.5B UNFUNDED FUNDED UNFUNDED 46

47 Spending the Money (continued) $4.5B(AVAILABLE) $0.5B$2.5B$1.2B$4.5B Road Capacity Transit Capacity 47 $5.3B(AVAILABLE)

48 Which approach do you believe is most important when considering the management of our transportation system? A.“Fix it first,” fully maintain what we have before adding to the transportation system B.Forego some maintenance to allow for more capacity projects

49 With the understanding that there won’t likely be sufficient funds for all identified needs, I’d be willing to defer some transportation maintenance needs for other transportation improvements. A.Strongly agree B.Agree C.Neither D.Disagree E.Strongly disagree

50 INTERMISSION 2040 RTP Leadership Symposium

51 ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS 2040 RTP Leadership Symposium

52 Alternatives Analysis Two “bookend” scenarios to illustrate benefits of road investments and transit investments Includes road and transit capacity investments – Includes “call for projects” – Public involvement – Technical analysis Approximately equal cost Want to use these to produce the “Blend of the Best”

53 Remember This?

54 BYPASSES & CONNECTORS SCENARIO Primary investments in expanding highway accessibility and improving existing road corridors.

55 Bypasses and Connectors Scenario 27 miles of New Roadways Includes 16 mile Northern Hamilton County connection between US 27 and I-75 with new TN River Bridge 230 miles of Roadway Widening Includes almost all of I-24 and I-75 Includes portions of US-27 and SR-153 Includes SR 321/SR 151 as Eastern Bypass (4 lane arterial) between Collegedale, TN and Ringgold, GA 23 miles of Safety/Preventative Maintenance 15 miles of complimentary local bus routes

56 Bypasses & Connectors Key Growth Drivers: Existing zoning & ordinances Proximity to major roads Interchanges & major Intersections Large water & sewer service area General preference for greenfield development patterns

57 Growth Characteristics Low-density, decentralized growth Greater maintenance cost Expanding road network allows for increased distance between new neighborhoods and existing centers New commercial development follows along widened corridors (linear development pattern) Greater amount of land lost to new development.

58 BIG TRANSIT SCENARIO Placing a greater emphasis on alternate travel modes

59 Big Transit Scenario “Chattanooga Way” o 15 mile long new light rail line o Connects Downtown, Airport, Enterprise South SR 153/US 27 “Bus Plus” o 19 mile long new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line o Connects Hamilton Place, Airport, Northgate, Soddy Daisy “Premium Bus” Express Service on Interstates o 24 miles of new routes/extension of Route 4 o Connects Ringgold/Lookout Valley/Collegedale to Downtown

60 Big Transit Scenario Expanded Local Bus Routes o 76 miles of new/extended routes o Expands service area to include: Red Bank, East Ridge, Collegedale in Tennessee Rossville, Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold in North Georgia Improved Frequency of Existing CARTA Routes Free Circulator Shuttles o Builds on success of downtown electric shuttle o East-west downtown shuttle (Aquarium, Erlanger Hospital) o New Hamilton Place Mall area shuttle o Complimentary Roadway Projects (85 miles)

61 Big Transit Scenario Key Growth Drivers: Premium transit service (bus rapid transit & light rail) Station areas & existing centers Existing water & sewer service area General preference for infill development & redevelopment Protect environmentally- sensitive areas & agriculture

62 Growth Characteristics New: compact, higher-density growth attracted premium transit station areas (1-mile radius) Significant number of local farms protected from new development Maintain small town feel to outlying areas Average household transportation costs reduced More efficient development pattern reduces overall infrastructure cost

63 Comparison of Alternatives Bypasses and Connectors Measure of EffectivenessBig Transit 16,035,000Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)14,943, ,000Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT)533,500 2,670Delay (Hours)3,060 3,573,00Total Number of Trips3,573,00 6,400Transit Trips12, Vehicle Miles Traveled / Capita %-0.3%Percent of trips by transit0.5%-1.5%

64 Overall, how attractive is the “Bypasses and Connectors” Investment Scenario? A.Very attractive B.Attractive C.Somewhat attractive D.Neutral E.Not very attractive at all

65 Overall, how attractive is the “Big Transit” Investment Scenario? A.Very attractive B.Attractive C.Somewhat attractive D.Neutral E.Not very attractive at all

66 Which scenario best supports quality of life? A.Highways and Corridors B.Big Transit C.Combined approach D.Neither

67 Where should transportation investments seek to encourage future growth? A.Existing corridors B.New corridors C.Existing centers D.New centers E.Outlying areas F.Grow anywhere we can

68 CONSIDERING THE TRADEOFFS Lightening Round

69 What will provide the biggest bang for the region’s bucks? A.Widen existing roads B.Build new roads C.Expand transit service D.Create more quality walking and biking choices

70 What’s the most important regional transit corridor? A.Light Rail (Chattanooga Way) between downtown, airport, and Enterprise South B.SR-153/US-27 BRT route between Hamilton Place, Airport, Northgate, and Soddy-Daisy C.Express bus on I-75/I-24 to the suburbs (Collegedale, Ringgold, Lookout Valley) D.Free Circulator Shuttles (Downtown East/West, Hamilton Place)

71 Regarding transit…Rank the following from most important to least important. A.Expand local bus service to areas not currently served (Red Bank, East Ridge, Collegedale, North Georgia) B.Frequency of service C.Length of weekday service D.Weekend service E.Low fare F.Type of transit vehicle

72 Which intermodal facility should be the top priority area for coordination and collaboration? A.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport passenger and/or freight improvements and expansion B.Chickamauga Dam and Locks Reconstruction C.Development of a freight intermodal (rail/truck/waterway) center/facility within Chattanooga D.Atlanta-Chattanooga High Speed Rail

73 What do you believe best supports business recruitment and retention? A.Less congestion B.Increased choice (travel modes) C.Increased accessibility D.Attractive streets E.Complete streets

74 It’s important to begin building a rapid transit network in our region in the near future. A.Strongly agree B.Agree C.Neither D.Disagree E.Strongly disagree

75 Priority transit investments in the region should include: A.Within community (Service within the cities and towns B.Community to region (Express bus from the small towns to the large employment centers) C.Region to region (Service connecting between the cities and towns)

76 What would it take to make your community bicycle friendly? A.Safe streets B.Greenways C.More signed routes D.Better intersection design E.All of the above

77 What would help my daily commute most? A.Widen existing roads B.Build new bypasses C.Add rapid transit D.Quality housing choices within close proximity to employment centers

78 Considering that our financial resources are fixed; how would you prioritize the following funding scenarios? A.Large/expensive transportation improvements B.Smaller/less expensive local transportation improvements C.System maintenance and operation enhancements (traffic control enhancements & use of technology) with remaining funds used for system expansion

79 Considering that our financial resources are fixed; how would you prioritize the following funding scenarios? A.Regional congestions solutions B.Project specifically intended to spur economic development C.Projects that improve the quality of life for local residents D.Other

80 If you had control over the transportation budget, how would you rank the following in importance? A.Neighborhood traffic safety & calming B.Sidewalk construction and repairs C.Bikeway construction on roads and greenways D.Widening and building roads E.Improving condition of roadways F.Improving traffic flow G.Public transportation H.Other

81 If additional funding for transportation improvements is needed, would you support any of the following sources? A.Higher gas tax B.Higher sales tax C.Higher property tax D.Toll roads E.Development impact fees F.Transportation bonds (borrowing) G.Other H.Do not support additional funding

82 Which of the following is most important when considering which projects to fund? A.Does the project open up new land for development B.Does the project reduce congestion C.Does the project result in travel time savings

83 CLOSING THOUGHTS AND REMARKS Questions & Comments

84 Next Steps Draft Needs Plan Project Evaluation / Costing Policy Board Review and Endorsement of Financial Constrained Project List Public Review and Comments Draft Final Plan


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