Exploring the Full Menu Before Going on a Road Diet
Friday, September 8, 2017
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EDT
As Downtown Orlando continues to evolve into a 24-hour place, demand for more mobility options is increasing. Come learn how FDOT and the City of Orlando is working together to explore how one street can support historic neighborhoods; provide access to businesses, schools, and a regional park; and function as a gateway to Downtown. Facing some potentially contentious neighborhood challenges and seemingly disparate stakeholder needs, FDOT’s Robinson Corridor Study utilized innovative data analytics to inform problem identification, alternatives evaluation, and thoughtful decision making. The data-driven processes led to better understanding and dialogue among partners and community members.
This session will give participants an opportunity to learn how FDOT District 5 is partnering with local governments to conduct a data-driven and community engaging corridor planning process that:
· Considers the needs of all roadway users to help define project purpose and needs,
· Develops a full range of potential solutions,
· Objectively evaluates solutions with performance measures linked to demonstrated purpose and needs, and
· Arrives at community-supported solutions that can be advanced with strong local partnerships.
The session will explore how initial community controversy and seemingly disparate stakeholder perspectives were addressed through innovative community engagement, close agency partnerships, and thoughtful data analyses. The session will unpack both technical and community challenges frequently faced by communities when exploring reconfiguration of an existing roadway that serves multiple functions for different users. Participants will learn:
· A menu of tools for innovative data gathering and big data analytics to understand cost/benefit on all users, including peak period versus all-day benefits/impacts of various street section alternatives. The study is a particularly interesting case study on understanding network level impacts (on historic neighborhoods) resulting from lane reduction when traffic volumes are in the “gray” area for feasibility of lane reduction. Innovative scenario analysis provided an understanding of trade-offs of various alternatives, and avoided a potential impasse.
· Industry best practices on evaluating needs and designing facilities for all levels of bicyclists.
· Creative community engagement tools and visualization strategies that allow community members to enable better understanding of corridor needs, and empower them to provide input based on data and information.
The session will help transportation and land use planners, engineers, designers, community leaders, and elected officials who are faced with utilizing existing roadways with limited right-of-way to serve a growing demand for mobility and access options, and in the context of a very engaged and vocal community.
Jane Lim-Yap, AICP, PP, LEED AP
Jason Burton, AICP, CNU-A, LEED AP
Heather S. Garcia
Julia Magee, firstname.lastname@example.org