In 2003, a Comprehensive Transportation Plan was adopted by City Council. The Plan was updated in 2008 to address planned light rail transit and to create stronger land use and transportation planning of transit oriented development strategies. The city of Tempe’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan will be updated and re-named the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) in 2014. The intentions of the multi-modal transportation elements within the plan will be to:
- Coordinate local and regional land use and transportation decisions;
- Create a more balanced, multi-modal transportation system to reduce reliance on the automobile;
- Preserve neighborhood character while enhancing quality of life;
- Enhance streets to maximize safe and efficient use by all users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists following the principles of balanced streets;
- Ensure transportation assets (equipment, improvements and programs) are adequately maintained;
- Utilize technology to improve accessibility and mobility; and
- Identify an investment program that shows how the city expects to use revenue from current and future funding sources.
The first public meeting informed the public about the project and gathered input from residents, businesses and organizations related to:
- TMP Overview;
- Existing Conditions (demographics, traffic, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian);
- Transportation Supportive Policies;
- Development of Performance Measures;
- Tempe’s proposed arterial roadway corridors;
- Tempe’s active transportation corridors;
- Tempe’s proposed bike corridors, i.e., bike boulevards and off-street bike network
- Tempe’s proposed pedestrian corridors
- Tempe’s proposed transit priority corridors;
- Changes to Tempe’s street cross-sections;
- Tempe’s short and long term future street network;
- Tempe’s short and long term future bus service plan;
- Tempe’s short and long term bicycle and pedestrian network;
- Neighborhood corridors and character area circulation needs; and
- Potential candidates for traffic calming and/or streetscape improvement.
The TMP will highlight the ability to move people instead of focusing solely on improving the ability to move vehicles. In order to maximize the safety and efficiency of the transportation system in Tempe, objectives and strategies encourage the use of a variety of transportation options and a reduction in single occupancy vehicle trips. Streets will serve as corridors for multiple modes of transportation and connect neighborhoods to shopping and jobs and Tempe to the region. Effective land use planning that takes advantage of a development site’s proximity to public transit furthers the Plan’s objectives. Integration of advanced transportation technology will also help to achieve the Plan’s objectives.
Public meetings were held May 29 and 31, August 4 and 9, 2014 and public comments were taken from May 29 to June 15 and Aug. 4 to 21, 2014. Staff plans to present the final plan to the Tempe City Council on Dec. 4, 2014.
In updating the Transportation Master Plan, staff will approach the planning for future transportation improvements as “balanced streets” which include integration of multiple modes when improvements are made so that streets move people instead of only cars.
For information, contact Robert Yabes, Project Manager.