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					                                                                May 23,2011
                       FOR COUNCIL MEETING OF:                     7 (c)
                              AGENDA ITEM NO.:
                         PUBLIC WORKS FILE NO.:


TO:        ~OR~Np CITJCOUNCIL
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FROM:           PETER FERNANDEZ, P.E., DIRECTOR
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                    HN H. WALES, DIRECTOR
                    BAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

SUBJECT:        CENTRAL SALEM MOBILITY STUDY


ISSUE:

Information on the scope of the Central Salem Mobility Study.

RECOMMENDATION:

Information only.

BACKGROUND:

The Urban Renewal Agency adopted the Strategic Action Plan for the Riverfront
Downtown Urban Renewal Area on February 14, 2011. This Strategic Action Plan will
proVide the Downtown Advisory Board (DAB) with tools to determine how best to use
urban renewal resources to accomplish projects in the Riverfront Downtown Urban
RenewalArea (URA) Plan and facilitate private investment in the URA. It will also
provide the framework for the DAB's future recommendations to the Agency Board to
undertake the projects in the Riverfront Downtown URA Plan.

The Strategic Action Plan developed a framework for defining and prioritizing planning
activities which are organized into five categories: Circulation and Access; Activate City
Streets; Create a North Downtown Residential Neighborhood; Leverage Under-utilized
Assets, and Prepare North Waterfront Area for New Uses. The Central Salem Mobility
Study (Mobility Study) is a key project in the Strategic Action Plan. A one-page
overview of this project is included as Attachment A, Circulation, Access, and
Transportation Mobility Study (now known as the Central Salem Mobility Study).
Funding for this study is being provided by the Urban Renewal Agency (approved
February 14, 2011) and the City of Salem, Public Works gas tax revenue (pending
FY 2011-12 budget approval).
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Council Meeting of May 23, 2011
Page 2

The Mobility Study is intended to evaluate a wide range of transportation issues
effecting Downtown Salem, including vehicular circulation (cars, trucks, bikes,
pedestrians, transit), street design, sidewalk connectivity, use of alleyways, and other
related issues. The study area is roughly bounded by Market Street NE, 14th
Street NE/SE, Mission Street SE, and the Willamette River. Traffic counts to support
the traffic were collected at approximately 80 intersections throughout the study area
during the month of April.

FACTS AND FINDINGS:

Public Involvement
In March and April 2011, staff from the Public Works and Urban Development
Departments sought input from stakeholder groups on the preliminary scope of the
Mobility Study. A list of contacted stakeholders is included at the end of this staff report.
Staff presented input received from stakeholder groups to the DAB on April 28, 2011.
There will be additional opportunities for the public to provide input as the study
progresses.

Key Study Issues
The Mobility Study will analyze a number of different transportation scenarios. The
following key study issues will be used to evaluate the performance of different
scenarios.

   •   Are there changes in circulation and mobility that would make downtown a more
       accessible and appealing place to live, work, shop, walk, and play, while
       continuing to move people and goods?

   •   What changes in circulation and mobility will improve safety for pedestrians,
       bicyclists, and transit users to, within, and through downtown?

   •   What options should be considered to create balance between vehicular
       capacity, parking (on-street), bicycle, and pedestrian travel?

   •   How can access be improved to future redevelopment areas in north downtown?

Mobility Study Scenarios
The level of effort to undertake a comprehensive analysis of multiple transportation
scenarios will be identified through the consultant selection process. Staff developed
and shared with DAB a prioritization of scenarios to be analyzed through the Mobility
Study. This prioritization will assist staff in developing the request for proposals and
ensure that the most important issues are addressed if costs exceed the available
funding.

The recommended transportation scenarios are separated into two groups; one that
focuses on improving bicycle and pedestrian access and safety, and one that focuses
on motor vehicle circulation. Both categories of scenarios are equally important and are
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Council Meeting of May 23, 2011
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listed in priority order within their respective category. A preliminary graphic depicting
these scenarios is included as Attachment B.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Scenarios (in priority order):

   1. Determine where and how to use bicycle lanes and sharrows (shared lane
      markings). This will build on draft recommendations from Bike & Walk Salem, the
      City's update to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Elements of the Salem Transportation
      System Plan.

   2. Review intersections with closed crosswalks andlor dual turn lanes to determine
      the appropriate balance between safety and accessibility.

   3. Evaluate improved access to Riverfront Park and the Union Street Railroad
      Bridge.

Motor Vehicle Scenarios (in priority order):

   1. Examine the impact of making the following streets two-way:

          a. State Street

          b. Court Street NE

          c. Church Street NE/SE

          d. High Street NE/SE

          e. Cottage Street NE/SE

   2. Examine the benefits of a direct connection to Liberty Street NE (between
      Division Street NE and Market Street NE), and extending the Front Street NE
      bypass north to Market Street NE.

   3. How would a change in the timing of traffic signals impact circulation, mobility,
      and safety for all travel modes?

Stakeholder Contacts
During the months of March and April 2011, staff met with the following groups or their
representatives:

   •   Neighborhood Associations: CAN-DO, Grant, SCAN, SESNA, NEN
   •   Salem Planning Commission
   •   Vision 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Working Group
   •   Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
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    •    Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Staff provided information to, and sought input from, the following groups:

    • Citizens Advisory Traffic Commission
    • Willamette University
    • . Salem Keizer Transit District
    • Go-Downtown
    • Salem Partnership
    • Salem-Keizer School District
    • Salem Hospital
    • Marion County
    • Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry
    • Travel Salem
    • Oregon Department of Transportation
    • Capitol Planning Commission
    • SEDCOR
    • Friends of Two Bridges




                                                    Mark Becktel, AICP
                                                    Parks and Transportation Services Manager

Attachment A:    Circulation, Access, and Transportation Mobility Study (excerpt
from Salem Downtown Strategic Action Plan, January 2011)
Attachment B:    Central Salem Mobility Study 2011 Scenarios (Draft)




Ward 1 and 2
May 11, 2011



G:IURBANDEIflADMINISTRATIONIFinal Council Staff Reports120111May 231Mobility Study
ScopelCCSRMobilityStudyScopeFinal.DOC
                                                           Circulation, Access, and
                                                        Transportation Mobility Study
Project Description:
A multimodal transportation circulation study would evaluate the full spectrum of
transportation issues_ affecting downtown Salem, including preferred vehicular circulation
routes, street design, bicycle and pedestrian circulation, sidewalk connectivity, alleyways,
bridge connections, on-street parking, transit circulation, and other issues. This
comprehensive analysis is a high priority because it will identify and define a scope for many
potential subsequent projects. The Circulation, Access, and Transportation Mobility Study
("Mobility Study") will identify and prioritize needed infrastructure improvements and urban
renewal revenues will be set aside to assist with the financing of these improvements, which
are anticipated to be implemented beginning in the short term (2 to 5 years) and extending
into the long term (10 to 20 years). The Mobility Study needs to achieve a clearly stated
vision supported by all the planning and visioning efforts that have occurred to date. It
should be undertaken as a joint project by Urban Development and Public Works staff and
will help achieve several important objectives. These include:
        Remove access barriers and improve access to opportunity areas;
        Promote pedestrian access and safety; and
         Make downtown an appealing a place to live, work, shop, and play while preserving
         function of facilities for the movement of people and goods.

Parking is an integral piece of the downtown transportation infrastructure. Through another
funding source, a comprehensive downtown parking management and capital facilities plan
will be developed, which will include policies, costs, and implementation to better manage
the existing parking supply and to ensure that parking serves as an appropriate tool to make
downtown a vital place to live, work, shop, and play. The plan will build upon the Downtown
Salem Parking Study recently completed by Rick Williams. (While a first step in identifying
key issues of concern and some preliminary recommendations, the parking management
study is not a parking management plan.) The parking management and capital facilities
plan should include the following steps:
       Establish a task force to guide the study and analysis;
         Define a performance-based system to pay for parking facilities;
        Evaluate existing parking standards;
        Develop a capital facilities plan;
         Evaluate a fee-in-lieu program; and
         Evaluate the bulk parking pass program.

Benefits/Impact:
During stakeholder interviews, several ideas were presented that explored potential
solutions and changes to the street network such as the introduction of landscaped
medians, mid-block pedestrian crossings, and more angled parking":" these ideas need to be
explored further through the Mobility Study to test their viability, impact on the transportation
system as a whole, cost, and ability to enhance the business climate downtown.

The recent Downtown Salem Parking Study recommends several significant changes to the
downtown parking system. Developing and implementing an effective parking management
plan is vital to the long-term vitality of downtown Salem. As the downtown revitalizes and
attracts more development, ensuring an adequate and efficiently managed public parking
inventory will be critical to attracting visitors to support downtown businesses, cultural,
entertainment and recreational uses, and to addressing the parking needs of downtown
workers. Indeed, during stakeholder interviews, several bUSiness owners and other
stakeholders indicated that the current supply of parking, location of garages, and the time
limits of on-street parking are not functioning well for the needs of businesses or shoppers.

Upon completion of the Mobility Study, specific improvements can be funded for later years.
These improvements will help attract investment and meet other goals for downtown Salem
by enabling certain streets to better function as retail streets, by improving the access and
function of both on-street and off-street parking, and by reducing the impact of through traffic
on areas targeted for housing development.
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