Citywide Transportation Plan: What Does the Draft Plan Mean for the Redwood City Community?

The Citywide Transportation Plan aims to improve connections between where people live, work, and play. The City of Redwood City released the draft Citywide Transportation Plan and scheduled a series of meetings and other efforts to gain community feedback on future transportation projects and priority-setting. This blog post provides a deeper look at the draft plan and what it could mean for the Redwood City community.

Draft Citywide Transportation Plan Details

In an effort to improve mobility for everyone, Redwood City embarked on a citywide transportation planning process in early 2017. The draft Citywide Transportation Plan (Plan), named RWCmoves, is now available for review and community input here. The City is seeking community feedback on the draft Plan through workshops, various other public meetings including Committee meetings and two City Council meetings, and an online survey — available here.

The draft Plan seeks to develop a framework for a transportation network serving all modes of transportation including walking, biking, and driving. The Plan builds on Redwood City’s existing transportation system and looks to address the City’s transportation challenges and needs long-term.

The Plan assesses existing conditions of the transportation system and prioritizes and monitors transportation investments. Another goal of the Plan includes informing the public about transportation-related issues, priorities, and capital investments.

For data seekers, the Plan includes transportation data including where trips are happening, who’s making them, and how they’re being made; where collisions are happening and who is involved; community identified challenge areas and positive examples; and how people would like to commute if they had other choices.

· Sidewalks are provided on almost all of Redwood City streets. Did you know that 3% of residents walk to work today? See page 17 of the Plan for a Summary Fact Sheet on who is walking in Redwood City.

· Bike lanes or routes are provided on over 25% of Redwood City streets. Did you know that over 15% of survey respondents were most interested in commuting by bicycle if there were better infrastructure? See page 21 of the Plan for a Summary Fact Sheet on who is bicycling in Redwood City.

· Caltrain ridership in Redwood City increased by nearly 20% from 2015 to 2016. Did you know that 5% of residents take transit to work today? See page 23 of the Plan for a Summary Fact Sheet on who is using transit in Redwood City.

· Average vehicle speeds on major streets decreased between 5% (Redwood Shores Parkway) and 40% (Woodside Road) between 2014 and 2017. Did you know that 90% of all traffic collisions in Redwood City involve only autos, but only 1% of those crashes result in severe injury or death? In addition, Redwood City .See page 25 of the Plan for a Summary Fact Sheet on who is driving in Redwood City.

In response to all of the community feedback received and analysis of the existing transportation system, over 120 projects were identified to create and maintain a safe and accessible transportation network. These projects fit into seven different categories: Active Transportation Corridors, Complete Street Corridors and Placemaking, Network Gap Closure, Connectivity and Safety, Roadway Congestion and Delay Improvements, Transit Access and Service Enhancements, Transportation Demand Management, and Transportation Technologies and Innovations.

TIER 1 PRIORITY PROJECTS

The online survey seeks input on the Plan’s Tier 1 priority projects.

Tier 1 priority projects include:

Category: Top Scoring Projects

  • New Downtown Street Connections
  • El Camino Real Corridor Plan Implementation
  • Bicycle Master Plan
  • Complete Streets Design Guidelines

Category: Early Investment Projects

  • Fair Oaks Community School Safe Routes to School
  • Middlefield Road Corridor Improvements (between Broadway and Winslow Street -Theatre Way)
  • Crosswalk Program
  • On-Street Bicycle Parking Downtown Expansion
  • Update ADA Transition Plan
  • Transit Access Improvements
  • Jefferson Avenue Operational Analysis

Category: Neighborhood Priority Projects

  • Holly Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing
  • Brewster Avenue Cycle Track
  • James Street Cycle Track
  • Alameda de las Pulgas Complete Streets Project
  • Hawes Community School Safe Routes to School
  • Massachusetts Avenue Corridor Improvements
  • Redwood Shores Parkway Corridor Improvements
  • Bay Road and Florence Street Corridor Improvements

SIGNATURE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

The Plan also identifies signature projects and programs, those projects that include major changes to infrastructure, such as railroad grade separations, redesigned interchanges, or new transit services and stations. These projects represent some of the larger and more complex concepts identified during the development of the Plan. Table 2 on page 75 of the Plan is highlighted below which lists the Plan’s 11 signature projects.

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SOUGHT

The City is asking for the community’s help by providing feedback in person or through an online survey. Two more open-house style community meetings are scheduled at the following dates and locations:

  • November 29, 5–8 p.m., at the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway
  • December 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School, 2521 Goodwin Avenue

The following additional public meetings are further opportunities for community input: (All meetings are located at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road)

  • December 5, 7 p.m.: Planning Commission
  • December 12, 6 p.m.: Complete Streets Advisory Committee
  • Early January 2018: City Council Study Session to Discuss the draft Plan and Gain Community Input
  • Early 2018: City Council to Consider Adoption of the draft Plan

NEXT STEPS

Following community feedback on the draft Plan, the City’s Planning Commission and Complete Streets Advisory Committee will review and discuss the Plan at upcoming meetings in December 2017 and January 2018. The City Council will host a study session to discuss the draft Plan and gain further community feedback. The City Council will consider adoption of the Plan following these discussions.

To advance the Citywide Transportation Plan, the City will need to take several implementation actions. These include: General Plan amendments, identifying a funding strategy, monitoring performance, and updating projects every two to three years to evolve with the City. The Plan goes into detail (starting on page 76 through 78) about changes needed to the City’s General Plan and other policies and programs developed or revised to align with the Plan’s framework including the potential to adopt a Vision Zero policy, automated vehicle management strategies, electric vehicle encouragement programs, and more.

OTHER RESOURCES AND THE ONLINE SURVEY

To learn more about the draft Citywide Transportation Plan, go here.

To take the online survey, go here.

To provide direct email feedback on the draft plan, email the City of Redwood City at RWCmoves@redwoodcity.org