In part one of this series, Metro Planners led a session at StreetsCamp Saturday June 20, 2015 to talk with transit advocates about other possibilities beyond Metrorail to increase transit use, reach, and access.
Politicians and citizens always ask for more Metrorail, but why should transit continue to chase land use decisions? Metro Planners Allison Davis and Kristin Haldeman talked to transit advocates and urbanists at StreetsCamp last Saturday to provide approaches that can help the transit we have today reach more people and be more cost-effective without requiring more Metrorail (pdf). The major take-aways for advocates and urbanists were to advocate for:
(1) Local decision makers to monetize full life‐cycle cost of land use options;
(2) Access projects that create comfortable (i.e. desirable) paths for pedestrians and bicyclists; and
(3) Local jurisdictions to add transit signal priority, queue jumps, and bus lanes
Why these three specifically? Read more…