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City of Ashland Transportation System Plan Update September 6 th, 2012.

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1 City of Ashland Transportation System Plan Update September 6 th, 2012

2 Meeting Agenda 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Project Status Review of Draft TSP Document Next Steps and Discussion

3 Project Status Draft Preferred Plan (Memo #9) – September 2011 –Monthly or more frequent meetings of the PC/TC and subcommittees Draft TSP –TAC and PC/TC Provide Comments on Draft TSP by September 14th, 2012 Next Steps –Council Briefing (October) –Town Hall (October 24 th ) –Planning Commission Hearing –City Council Hearing –TSDC Update Process

4 Draft TSP Background Sections (1-4) –Existing Inventory –Goals and Objectives –Existing Conditions –Future Conditions Plan Sections (5-12) –General Policies –Modal Plans (ped, bike, transit, roadway, other modes) –Pedestrian Places –Sustainability Plan –Funding and Implementation –Implementation Recommendations Attachments –Project Prospectus Sheets –Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Toolkit Technical Appendix –All Tech Memos and their attachments

5 Draft TSP Remaining Tasks –Implementing Ordinances and Findings –Finalize Draft TSP Document –Adoption Process –TSDC Update

6 TSP Goals 1. Create a “green” template for other communities to follow 2. Make safety a priority for all modes 3. Maintain small-town character, support economic prosperity, and accommodate future growth 4. Create a system-wide balance for serving and facilitating pedestrian, bicycle, rail, air, transit, and vehicular traffic in terms of mobility and access within and through the City of Ashland

7 Draft TSP Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Sections –Includes policies, programs, and projects focused on facilitating pedestrian and bicycle travel Transit Plan – Includes policies and programs focused on improving transit service within and to/from Ashland Heavy Rail Plan –Includes Freight by Rail Policy and set of railroad crossing projects Intersection and Roadway Plan –Includes policies, studies and projects related to access management, intersection improvements, modifying existing roadway cross-sections or streetscapes, extending existing roadways, and constructing new roadways.

8 Draft TSP Pedestrian Places –Concept Plans –Circulation Plans –Roadway Cross-sections -Modal Plans include streetscape and other projects to implement the Pedestrian Places Other Modal Plans –Air –Water –Pipeline

9 Draft TSP Sustainability Plan –Transportation demand management (TDM) strategies –Strategies for reduction of Ashland’s carbon footprint –Private sector sustainability solutions, and –Other relevant policies, goals, and objectives

10 Draft TSP Future Funding Projections (p. 169) –Approximately $24 million over 25 years Full Plan Costs –Approximately $74 million Financially Constrained List –Majority of High and Medium Priority Projects - $28 million –Projects to be included in TSDC Update TimelineGeneralPedestrianBicycleTransitFreight Intersection and Roadway Total Program, Studies and Project Costs 0-5 Years$100,000$9,355,000$3,180,000$1,000,000-$2,162,000$15,797,000 5-15 Years$30,000$3,900,000$1,150,000$2,750,000$750,000$4,250,000$12,830,000 15-25 Years-$3,125,000$570,000$3,500,000-$4,916,000$12,111,000 Development Driven----$2,000,000$30,886,000$32,886,000 Total$130,000$16,380,000$4,900,000$7,250,000$2,750,000$42,214,000$73,624,000

11 Notable General Policies/Studies (p. 85) Policy #1 – Functional Classifications – New Shared Street designation Policy #2 – Multi-modal/Safety Based Development Review Process Policy #27 – Fee In Lieu Study #2 – Downtown Parking and Multi-Modal Circulation Study

12 Sidewalk Projects/Priorities/SRTS

13 Planned Bikeway Network

14 Notable Bicycle Policies/Programs (p. 103) Program #1 – Create TravelSmart Educational Program –Invest in individualized, targeted marketing materials to be distributed to interested individuals for the purpose of informing and encouraging travel as a pedestrian or by bicycle.

15 Transit (p. 110) Several policies to support transit access and transit friendly development Transit Program Funding –Annual allocation budgeted for transit – increasing over time –Funds to be spent to achieve Ashland’s transit priorities (complimentary to RVTD’s Transit Service Enhancement Tiers) –10 Transit Priorities related to fares, hours of service, service coverage -Desire future express service to Medford -Desire park-n-ride/Central Transit Hub facility -Desire additional local circulation route (Route 8) -Desire tourist/student oriented rubber-tire circulator

16 Existing and Planned Transit Service

17 Rubber Tire Trolley Route

18 Notable Roadway Policies (p. 129) Policy #22 – Alternative Mobility Standards –Not needed for 2034 horizon –City will pursue in future for North Main and Ashland/Tolman Creek Policy #23 – Transportation System Management –Tools and Strategies Policy #24 – Traffic Calming –Tools and Strategies Policy #26 – Eagle Mill Road –Support use as Alternative Bypass Route of downtown area –Encourages County to upgrade Eagle Mill Road on similar timeframe as Nevada Street Extension

19 Notable Refinement Studies (p. 136) Study #10 – Siskiyou Boulevard Pedestrian Crossing Evaluation and Feasibility Study –Evaluate the feasibility and costs associated with providing enhanced pedestrian crossing treatments at the Wightman-Indiana/Siskiyou Boulevard intersection. -After study of the new crossing treatment -Review of pedestrian demands with new dormitory open

20 Roadway and Intersection Projects Safety projects Streetscape projects (implementing Pedestrian Places) North Main Road Diet New streets –Fixing existing connectivity gaps –Roads in new development areas -Railroad District -Croman Mill New Railroad Crossings –Unable to identify/prioritize potential closures to allow new crossings at 4 th Street and at Washington Street -Will pursue all possible alternatives to closure of existing crossings and will consider grade separation –No train volumes currently, low future projections

21 Roadway and Intersection Projects

22 Planned Street Network and Classifications

23 Access Spacing Standards and Jurisdiction

24 Next Steps and Discussion Next Steps –September 14 th - Provide Comments –October 24 th – Town Hall –Initiate TSDC Update Process –November – December – TSP Adoption Process Discussion - Questions or Comments?

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