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Juneau Downtown Tourism Transportation Study. May 27, 2003. Presentation Outline. Project Introduction and Overview Pedestrian Issues Food for Thought Existing Conditions Summary Your Ideas for Improvement. Project Introduction and Overview. Project Purpose.

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Presentation Outline

  • Project Introduction and Overview

  • Pedestrian Issues Food for Thought

  • Existing Conditions Summary

  • Your Ideas for Improvement



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Project Purpose

  • Evaluate travel in downtown Juneau and along the waterfront during the tourism season.

  • Blend creativity with practicality to develop alternative transportation strategies to improve safety, flow, and accessibility for all modes of travel.




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Current Project Status

  • Summary of previous planning work completed in the downtown Juneau and waterfront areas.

  • Summary of key issues and concerns related to tourism and transportation identified from stakeholder interviews.

  • Document, evaluate, and summarize the existing transportation systems in the study area.

  • projects.kittelson.com/Juneau_Tourism_Traffic




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Introduction

  • Topography of Juneau dictates linear growth

    • Only one continuous connection between the northern residential areas and the downtown

  • Impressive transit and bicycle ridership despite the relative small size and climate of Juneau

    • ~10% of peak hour travel into downtown

  • The summer tourist season has unique characteristics and needs related to pedestrian and vehicular travel


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Themes from Previous Studies

  • Steady and continuing growth in the tourism industry (60% growth in cruise ship passengers since 1996)


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Themes from Previous Studies

  • Existing systems constrained by geography, narrow rights of way, and historic buildings


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Themes from Previous Studies

  • Parking supply and management in the downtown area

    • year-round lack of appropriate parking

    • not directly linked to tourism


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Themes from Previous Studies

  • Pedestrian congestion during the summer tourist season

    • narrow sidewalks and street furniture

    • pedestrians use the street to avoid congestion on the sidewalk

  • Traffic congestion increases during the tourism season

    • vehicles servicing the tourism needs

    • conflict with pedestrian traffic

  • Tourism-related vehicle staging areas near the waterfront


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Previous Recommendations

  • Increase capacity of existing infrastructure

    • Roadways

    • Sidewalks

    • Tourism Vehicle Staging Areas

    • Docks


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Previous Recommendations

  • Improved management of existing facilities (especially where capacity cannot be increased)

    • coordinating tour bus departure schedules

    • altering tourism travel patterns by refocusing land uses and attractions


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Summary Of Stakeholder Interviews

  • Stakeholders identified:

    • Government Agencies

    • Community Groups

    • Downtown Businesses

    • Neighborhood Associations

    • Waterfront Operators

    • Tourism Industry & Operators

    • Delivery Services


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Summary Of Stakeholder Interviews

  • Key themes and concerns:

    • Pedestrian flow and safety

    • Potential for pedestrian and vehicle conflict

    • Congestion and conflicts between delivery vehicles, service vehicles, and tour operations


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Summary Of Stakeholder Interviews

  • Key themes and concerns (con’t):

    • Keep downtown Juneau vibrant and useable

    • Plan for future development and growth

    • Plan for future growth of tourism

    • Maintaining efficient and safe access to the water


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Summary Of Stakeholder Interviews

  • Key themes and concerns (con’t):

    • Efficient management of tourism demand

    • Minimize impacts of tourism operations on local businesses

    • Providing for and better managing parking options


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Existing Conditions Inventory

  • Existing connectivity, capacity, and accessibility:

    • Pedestrian Travel

    • Public Transit Travel

    • Private Transit Travel

    • Vehicular Travel


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Pedestrian Travel

  • Off-season pedestrian system functions acceptably

  • During peak season walking is major mode of travel for tourists into downtown

    • capacity of existing sidewalk system frequently exceeded


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Pedestrian System

  • S Franklin Street between Taku Smokeries and Marine Way

  • Older sidewalks

  • More tourist oriented store fronts

  • Street furniture (newspaper dispensers, lights, etc)

  • Multiple attractions on both sides of the street


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Pedestrian System

  • S Franklin Street between Taku Smokeries and Marine Way

  • Older sidewalks

  • More tourist oriented store fronts

  • Street furniture (newspaper dispensers, lights, etc)

  • Multiple attractions on both sides of the street


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Pedestrian System

  • High crossing locations on S Franklin Street:

    • Whittier Street (Alaska State Museum)

    • Willoughby Avenue (Juneau Visitors Center)


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Pedestrian System

  • Pedestrian confusion at Marine Way-S Franklin Street turnaround


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Narrow sidewalk sections

Pedestrian System


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Pedestrian System

  • Narrow sidewalk sections


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Pedestrian Travel

  • Narrow sidewalk sections



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Public Transit Travel

  • Capital Transit Routes in Downtown

    • Route 3

    • Route 4

    • Douglas Route

    • Express/University

  • Major Transit Stops (“Waypoints”)

    • S Franklin Street (between Marine and Ferry)

    • The Capital Building (Seward between 4th and 5th)

    • The Archive Building (Willoughby)


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Public Transit Travel

  • Three routes currently use the cruise ship terminal as turnaround point

    • Can add to vehicular congestion along the docks


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Public Transit Travel

  • New Downtown Transit Center

    • CBJ is currently planning a new transit center off of 3rd Street (between Whittier and Willoughby)



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Private Transit Travel

  • Wide variety of providers who service tourist industry:

    • charter coaches

    • shuttle buses

    • vans

    • trolleys

    • taxis


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Private Transit Travel

  • Best Management Practices

  • limits operation of private transit vehicles

  • specifies travel routes

  • restricts certain ingress and egress access movements to facilitate traffic flow


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Private Transit Travel

  • Passenger loading locations and staging areas


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Private Transit Travel

  • Passenger loading locations and staging areas




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Roadway System Inventory

  • Egan Drive-Marine Way-S Franklin Street-Thane Road

  • 12,000-15,000 vehicles per day

  • two-lane facility through most of study area

  • widening at intersections


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Roadway System Inventory

  • Delays to drivers as a result of pedestrian congestion

  • Potential for future growth


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Roadway System Inventory

  • Concern for travel speeds and safety

  • Differences between vehicle and pedestrian environment


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Roadway System Inventory

  • Vehicle accessibility for businesses

    • Ingress/egress

    • Deliveries and loading


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Feedback?Your Ideas for Improvements?


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Next Steps

  • Alternatives Development

  • Feedback Opportunities

    • Comment flyer

    • Project web site email

  • On-going project information:

    • projects.kittelson.com/Juneau_Tourism_Traffic

  • Public Event #2 – late July 2003


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Questions &Feedback


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Your Ideas for Improvements

  • Developing signage and other elements to assist tourists


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Your Ideas For Improvement

  • Sea walk concept


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Your Ideas For Improvement

  • Gastineau Avenue connection



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Your Ideas For Improvement

  • Reorient/Relocated tourist-oriented land uses


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Your Ideas For Improvement

  • Reorient/Relocated tourist-oriented land uses


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Your Ideas For Improvement

  • System Management

    • Deliveries

    • Loading zones

    • Crossing guards


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Next Steps

  • Alternatives Development

  • Feedback Opportunities

    • Comment flyer

    • Project web site email

  • On-going project information:

    • projects.kittelson.com/Juneau_Tourism_Traffic

  • Public Event #2 – late July 2003


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Questions &Feedback


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Your Ideas For Improvement

  • Gastineau Avenue connection


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