Agenda Item # 7

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

05/27/2014

Agenda Report # 127


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Columbus Alternative Transportation Plan

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Adopt the Columbus Alternative Transportation Study as the official document to guide the development of alternative transportation in the community.

Background: The Columbus Alternative Transportation Study began in the Summer of 2012 in response to the implementation of majority of projects proposed in the previous Alternative Transportation Study for the City, created in 1993. The new study was developed to satisfy a number of functions including: documenting the community's desire for continued investment in alternative transportation opportunities; preparation of technical analyses to determine areas where alternative transportation investment is most critical; consideration of policies that Columbus can pursue to encourage more use of alternative transportation; and, develop project recommendations that leverage and expand existing alternative transportation system. This study / plan defines alternative transportation users as pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.

Analysis: United Research Services (URS), the consultants for this study, has recommended sixty-eight (68) potential projects which include several low cost, high-impact improvements. These proposed projects will add an additional 132.20 miles of pedestrian amenities (including sidewalks, road diets, and trails) and 148.76 miles of bicycle amenities (including bike lanes, sharrows (street marking's indicating where vehicles must share the road with bicyclists and trails). These plan recommendations are made with the understanding that funding constraints, changing priorities, changes in the built environment over time, and challenges in implementing particular projects make it unlikely that every project recommended will be built or built as suggested.

Financial Considerations: The recommendations in the plan will be implemented as part of the Long Range Transportation Plan and as funding opportunities become available.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: Projects contained in this study for funding will be reviewed on an annual or as needed basis. Funding sources will have to be identified and approval sought from Council prior to the commitment of any project for construction.

Legal Considerations: There are no legal considerations at this time in adopting this study.

Recommendations/ Actions: The Planning Department recommends approval of the Columbus Alternative Transportation Plan.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _______


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION OF THE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.

WHEREAS, the Planning Department, acting as the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study/Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-PCTS/MPO), contracted with URS Consulting Firm to conduct a Alternative Transportation Study for Columbus; and,

WHEREAS, the Alternative Transportation Plan is a long-range planning document with sixty-eight (68) proposed projects that include an additional 132.20 miles of pedestrian amenities (including sidewalks, road diets, and trails) and 148.76 miles of bicycle amenities (including bike lanes, sharrows (street marking's indicating where vehicles must share the road with bicyclists and trails); and,

WHEREAS, the plan does not commit the City Council to a funding timeline and the recommendations in the plan will be implemented as funding opportunities become available.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That Council of the Columbus Consolidated Government hereby adopts the Columbus Alternative Transportation Plan as the official plan for alternative transportation needs within the community.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2014 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor