The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its partner agencies needed to identify immediate and short-term infrastructure requirements to seamlessly connect pedestrians and bicyclists to central Florida’s SunRail commuter rail stations.
Through a deep level of coordination between the Kittelson team and local government agencies, we identified and prioritized critical ped/bike connectivity projects to improve transit connectivity within one-half mile of each SunRail station.
Kittelson worked with agencies across three counties and eight cities to obtain and review background information and previous planning efforts completed for each SunRail station area. We conducted initial field screenings of critical locations to observe operation and safety characteristics and to identify potential countermeasures and solutions. Our team led field assessment groups made up of stakeholders to survey each area. We coordinated a diverse, intergovernmental evaluation team to identify ped/bike improvements and prepare individual station area reports; each report includes annotated photos or sketches, aerial images, and prioritized connectivity projects lists.
Kittelson collaborated with relevant jurisdictions to satisfy review comments; solidify a complete list of ped/bike improvement projects within each station area; and prioritize projects into maintenance-level, short-term, and long-term categories. Our team’s coordination with local government and FDOT maintenance groups was critical for the immediate implementation of maintenance-level projects. We also worked with FDOT and local governments to include applicable short-term projects in their Federal TIGER grant applications and to determine the feasibility of other short- and long-term projects on State facilities.
From Walking to Biking to SunRail-ing
Following prioritization and evaluation, the ped/bike connectivity projects are advancing through the project development process in coordination with local government agencies. These improvements would increase transit accessibility to and from the half-mile station area’s key attractors and generators of transit riders (e.g., large employers, schools, community centers, etc.); increase pedestrian and bicycling connectivity to and from the stations; and incorporate overall urban design techniques that would support walkability, such as building frontages and providing shade.