Central Avenue Transit-Oriented Development Mobility Study

KAI led a comprehensive transportation study of the Central Avenue/Metro Blue Line corridor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Central Avenue is a critical gateway corridor for Prince George’s County, which is located adjacent to the District of Columbia and bisects several established neighborhoods. The Central Avenue corridor is served by four Metrorail Blue Line stations, but despite the presence of rail transit and close proximity to the region’s core, the existing transportation infrastructure focuses on serving auto travel at the expense of other modes. In particular, the disconnected street network, wide roads with few crossings, and lack of pedestrian and bicycle facilities inhibit non-motorized travel and are barriers to realizing transit-oriented development (TOD) goals along the corridor.

The Central Avenue TOD Mobility Study provided a unique opportunity to overcome these challenges and identify specific improvements to enhance safety, access, and livability of the transportation system. KAI’s work provided a blend of public outreach, public agency facilitation, and technical analysis that 1) thoroughly understood the key issues the project must address; 2) developed recommendations for project implementation that were achievable and feasible; and 3) began a process of interagency coordination, collaboration, and “complete streets” policy implementation.

The study results ranged from a set of short-term improvements that could be realized under existing policy and with existing funding sources, to long-term recommendations for policy changes that would promote complete streets and networks, and plan for true transit-oriented development. KAI also recommended an approach to develop alternative adequate public facilities under the development review and transportation impact analysis process for the County. KAI developed performance measures that will be used to test future build-out scenarios that consider off-site destinations for multimodal access, improved site circulation, and urban design features related to mode priority and land use of individual street types.