Testing in Progress
The City of Richardson is currently conducting a study on Greenville Avenue from Campbell Road to Jackson Street for potential mobility improvements. As part of this project, a temporary demonstration of pedestrian and bicycle improvements will be installed. The purpose of this temporary demonstration project is to test the effectiveness of the improvements and collect data to better inform our decision-making process to potentially install improvements permanently. This project is partially funded by a grant from AARP. Below is a project timeline for the study.
- May 15 - May 21, 2019 – Initial data collection period: traffic counts/speeds recorded; pedestrian activities surveyed
- August 30, 2019 – Additional traffic study conducted for vehicle speeds at the DART Arapaho Center Station
- September 5, 2019 – Construction begins on new crosswalk at DART Arapaho Center Station
- September 9, 2019 – Deployment of barricades to test lane reductions
- September 24 – September 27, 2019 – Installation of bike lanes and crosswalk using temporary paint
- September 28, 2019 – Barricades removed following the installation of bike lanes
- October 7 – October 14, 2019 – Post data collection period: traffic counts/speeds recorded; pedestrian activities surveyed
- October 17, 2019, 4pm-6:30pm – Greenville Avenue Road Reveal event at Arapaho Center Station.
- November 18, 2019 – Report to City Council
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A key placemaking strategy identified in the Collins-Arapaho TOD and Innovation District Study is to redesign key streets for better mobility. Many streets in the District have excess capacity; Greenville Avenue for example is designed for 3 times the capacity it needs given current traffic counts. Redesigning these types of key street to make it easier to get around the District without a car will support greater activity.
Evaluating street capacity vs. usage can help identify where opportunities for mobility improvements exist. If volumes are far lower than available capacity, there is space to fill in the gaps with other transportation needs, such as pedestrian and bike improvements. Greenville Avenue was designed to carry many more vehicles than currently use it and was designed to have a capacity of 45,000 vehicles per day. Today, it has a usage between 11,000 (north of the DART Arapaho Center Station) and 13,000 (south of Arapaho Road) vehicles per day. Historically dating back to 1987, the highest average count of vehicles per day on Greenville Avenue occurred in 1988 with 18,734. Because of this low volume, this was a street that was identified for potential bike and pedestrian improvements.
In 2019, the City of Richardson was awarded a grant from AARP as part of the AARP Community Challenge Program to install temporary mobility improvements along Greenville Avenue. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages and abilities.
This grant will fund a temporary demonstration project to improve the connectivity, mobility and safety around the Arapaho Center Station. Temporary on-street bike lanes will be installed on Greenville Avenue from Campbell Road to Jackson Street, connecting the Core District, Chinatown, and Eastside to the Arapaho Center Station.
In addition, as part of this AARP grant a temporary at-grade crosswalk will be installed at the light rail station as a secondary point of access to the underground tunnel to improve the connectivity and access for transit riders of all ages and abilities. Currently, transit riders must use the underground tunnel to access the DART bus station, parking, or business in the Innovation District. The existing underground tunnel, ramps, and stairs can be challenging for those with impediments to mobility, and this AARP demonstration will test the effectiveness of an at-grade crosswalk and the preference of transit riders.
The duration of the temporary demonstration is approximately 60 days. Following this, City Council will evaluate the project’s effectiveness and any potential permanent improvements. If proven successful, the lanes and crossing will be made permanent by July 2020, funded by a grant from the “Made To Move” program. For more information about this program, click here.
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