Central Eugene in Motion
Downtown Eugene is the heart of our community. People need to access downtown for many different reasons and at different times of the day and week. As our greater downtown area continues to develop, it becomes even more important for people to be able to safely and comfortably get downtown whether that be by foot, bike, car, bus or personal mobility device. Some of the current challenges of getting to and around downtown include one-way streets and a lack of comfortable biking facilities for people regardless of age or riding confidence. Through Central Eugene In Motion, we will have an opportunity to explore options for addressing these challenges in three key focus areas (see Study Area map). This process will provide people with the chance to identify problem areas and opportunities to make the transportation system throughout central Eugene work better.
The geography for the study includes Lincoln Street on the west, 5th Avenue on the north, High Street on the east, and 20th Avenue on the south. Within this area there are two-way streets, one-way couplets, sidewalks, bikeways, and transit stops. As the demand for transportation continues to increase, the city is looking at ways to best achieve transportation balance while meeting the needs of system users and land use changes alike.
The Eugene Transportation System Plan 2035 (TSP) identifies projects and goals that help meet citywide objectives. These objectives include decreasing the burning of fossil fuels, increasing residential density and affordable housing opportunities, growing economic vitality, and decreasing traffic-related injuries and deaths. The TSP has identified the tripling of active transportation mode share (walking, biking, transit) as instrumental for achieving mobility and transportation equity over the next 20 years. Projects like protected bikeways, complete streets, and intelligent transportation systems will be priorities for transportation spending moving forward.
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Based on projects and goals identified in the TSP, potential transportation changes that will be explored through the study include:
a. changing select one-way streets to bi-directional streets to reduce out-of-direction travel
b. improving bicycling infrastructure to encourage more people to ride bikes, potentially replacing automobile trips
c. making changes to lower traffic speeds to reduce injury severity
d. enhancing transportation corridors for improved safety and mobility (such as changes to traffic signal timing and installation of crosswalks)
e. removal of on-street parking
f. reducing the number of travel lanes
Because the project types identified above have trade offs, the engineering study will be informed by a robust public involvement process.
The City is currently developing a scope of services for the transportation study and a separate program for public participation. While some transportation modeling can be used to inform the public process the inverse is also true. As a result, both the engineering study and public process will run concurrently starting in early 2019.
Calendar year 2019 will be used to develop alternatives analysis, traffic models, and design concepts for exploration and discussion with the public and other affected interests. Click here to view the Study's timeline.
To learn more about this process contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at 541-682-5727.