Budget Blog Series: Transportation Planning and Infrastructure
By: Melissa Stevenson Diaz, City Manager, City of Redwood City
Enhancing mobility — making it easier for us to get where we need to go in Redwood City and beyond — is important to me. As part of a recent budget discussion with the City Council, I provided an update on the many critical transportation infrastructure projects, initiatives and studies underway or planned this coming year.
Thanks to the City Council’s leadership the City has 29 transportation related programs, projects and initiatives in progress. This includes a number of studies to address and balance the needs of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and those taking transit in Redwood City. The City has worked to address mobility in our region and is focused on providing a high-quality transportation network for Redwood City residents travelling by car, transit, foot, or bicycle. There are many opportunities for community members to share ideas and suggestions in the months ahead.
Here is a quick look at some of these transportation related efforts.
Pedestrian and bike safety projects and initiatives
A range of pedestrian and bike safety projects and initiatives are underway including U.S. Highway 101 pedestrian undercrossing project, Middlefield/Woodside Road upgrades, Hudson Street improvements and Farm Hill Pilot Program.
One project that just received design approval is the the U.S. Highway 101 Pedestrian Undercrossing Project, Redwood City’s first east-west, bike-pedestrian connection. This pathway will go under Highway 101 next to Redwood Creek. It will connect the One Marina area (and adjacent developments) with the area west of 101. The project was approved unanimously by the City Council at the April 25th Council meeting.
Partnering in the State’s Safe Routes to Schools effort continues to be a priority as well, where an existing grant has helped the City move forward to improve signage and, striping, and other ways to create safer routes to school at five Redwood City School District elementary schools. These changes are based on community feedback and walking audits. Full funding to construct improvements near Kennedy Middle School in FY 16/17 has not been secured but a first phase will start in the upcoming fiscal year and be completed in FY 17–18.
Residents serving on the Complete Streets Advisory Committee are reviewing the City’s current traffic calming program and the residential permit parking program this June. It is anticipated that the Committee will make recommendations to the City Council this September. In addition, this coming fiscal year, the City will begin to implement a Transportation Demand Management program to address congestion and mobility through a range of strategies.
A few other priorities continuing into the next year are: the senior shuttle program providing on-demand transportation services operated out of the Senior Center with pick-up from Redwood City senior residents’ homes on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and a weekend shuttle service to the Farmers Market to and from the Senior Center; maintaining Redwood City streets; and converting street lights to LED for greater energy efficiency.
A snapshot of projects planned or underway are included below. For more details on these projects visit the city’s website here.
Numerous studies are underway to review parking, implement transportation demand management strategies, and help pedestrians and bicyclists move around Redwood City more easily. Your input on these efforts is welcome, and we will announce opportunities to be involved through our Join the Conversation campaign.
- May 9, 2016: City Council study session on Downtown Parking
- May 23, 2016: Bike Share Update
- To Be Completed Spring 2017: Downtown Transit Center and Broadway/Streetcar/Urban Circulation Study
- To Be Completed Summer 2017: El Camino Corridor Plan
- To Be Completed Summer 2017: Stanford’s Neighborhood Safety Enhancement Program plan
- To Be Submitted May 2016: Stanford in Redwood City Transportation Demand Management Plan
- To Be Completed Fall 2017: Citywide Transportation Plan
A list of transportation related studies and initiatives underway or planned are listed below.
Join the Conversation
City Council budget discussions are scheduled for June 13 and June 27 at their regularly scheduled City Council meetings beginning at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
To Join the Conversation and provide input into the proposed Fiscal Year 2016–2017 Operating and Capital budgets, visit here for details and share your thoughts!