The 42-mile-long US-1 corridor in Palm Beach County, FL, crosses through 14 municipalities and many of the county’s activity hubs and plays a key role in mobility for all modes of transportation. The corridor’s socioeconomically diverse population makes this PalmTran’s busiest route, and the area is currently facing fast-paced redevelopment. However, adjacent redevelopment has created an inconsistent feel to the corridor, leading to incomplete multimodal transportation facilities and resulting gaps in access to healthy foods and healthcare facilities. Palm Beach MPO hired Kittelson to initiate a mobility study that assesses multimodal conditions and develop a consistent corridor vision that not only accommodates but supports all users.
Kittelson led the planning process and completed the US-1 corridor study which involved preparing a health impact assessment (HIA) to create a complete and connected multimodal corridor. The HIA was aligned with an ongoing transit and complete streets study to identify the health-related outcomes of the corridor’s potential multimodal improvements and how they impact the physical, mental, and social well-being of the community.
To investigate these impacts, our team organized multiday charettes to engage local communities. We learned about some of the unique struggles that they face while traveling along the corridor and how the incomplete multimodal facilities affected their everyday lives. These stories and the community’s overall involvement throughout this process brought a greater level of detail in the creation of HIA recommendations.
Stories of the Corridor
The study results in a clear vision for the future of US-1 that fits the context of the various communities and provides consistent, safe, and comfortable multimodal transportation options for all residents. Through this study, our team provided local policy-making and community organizations with a clearer understanding of how health can impact land use policy and transportation decisions in the long term.
The HIA is a more inclusive and comprehensive tool because of the stories shared by community members which help to illustrate the assessment data. This resource is already helping local agencies and organizations prioritize and facilitate the implementation of projects that improve access, health, and mobility in Palm Beach County.