Transportation Master Plan
$1.2 Million Con Job
In January 2008 the City Council adopted a new transportation master plan. After one and one half years of study, the consultant determined we don't have a traffic problem in Scottsdale. It does nothing to address increasing road capacity or widening roads. In fact, the study reccommends narrowing roads called "Right Sizing".
The City hired HDR Consulting to study and make a new Master Plan for Scottsdale. However, the consultant in charge of the study, Charles Hales, was hardly impartial. Here is a quote from the American Dream Coalition, fact sheet, from July 2008: "Today, Hales works for a consulting firm that is trying to persuade other cities to build rail transit lines." The consultant was paid to justify a plan for mass transit and light rail. This study was conducted by HDR, who is one of the leading designers of light rail systems from Portland.
What does the Transportation Master Plan say about Light Rail in Scottsdale?
Excerpt from the Master Plan:
High Capacity Transit (HCT): The HCT section of the Transportation Master Plan has recommended additional study and participation in regional studies regarding high capapcity transit for the Scottsdale Road corridor. Bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit (LRT), and modern streetcar alternatives are still being considered. There are multiple alignment options for operating HCT, ranging from operating in mixed traffic in the existing travel lane to operating in semi-exclusive right-of-way in the median of the roadway. It had been recommended that light rail transit would follow an alignment along the couplet rather than on Scottsdale Road through the Old Town section of Downtown.
4.3 TIER 1 RE The following is a summary of the Tier 1 recommendations. Overall, the B1 Modern Streetcar to Chaparral (Left Lane), B2 Modern Streetcar to Chaparral (Left Lane/Curb Lane), and C1 BRT to Chaparral (Left Lane/Curb Lane) HCT alternatives are recommended for further analysis in Tier 2, as well as alternatives which consider LRT to McDowell (A1) and LRT to Highland/Chaparral via Drinkwater or Goldwater (modified A2). It is also recommended that the B1 and B2 modern streetcar alternatives be combined into a single alternative in Tier 2 with a design option in Downtown. The remaining HCT alternatives will be eliminated from further consideration. Table Based on the goals set forth in Scottsdale's General Plan, the Scottsdale Road corridor is the appropriate corridor in Scottsdale for high-capacity transit. Any of the three technology modes could be made to fit in a way that works for the community from a design, functionality, and livability standpoint.
Did you know that the Master Plan
recommends narrowing roads Downtown?
As part of this recommendation, the couplet would maintain its designation of a "Major Arterial Street". Ideally, provision of bicycle lanes is recommended for bi-directional travel. Based on modeling results and the projected volumes of traffic on the couplet and Scottsdale Road, it is recommended that the third lane of travel on each leg of the couplet be converted to provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities. There is an assumption of slower speeds through the section of the Downtown between the couplet, which facilitates bicyclists possibly without designated bicycle lanes or signage.
Bicycle/Pedestrian: In general, major roadways in Scottsdale should be designed with bike lanes, and bicycle and pedestrian connections should be optimized. The City could choose to encourage a more bicycle/pedestrian-friendly Downtown by reducing the number of lanes on Scottsdale Road through Downtown (in conjunction with high capacity transit), and using the space for wider sidewalks, landscaping, and/or angled parking. An alternative is to reduce one lane on either segment of the couplet (to two lanes in either direction instead of 3 in one and 2 in the other) to better accommodate bicycle and pedestrian mobility.