The Big Blue Bus Expo Integration Study won the 2018 Implementation Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association, granted to a planning endeavor that displays a substantial project accomplishing optimistic changes as a result of outstanding planning work in the Los Angeles region. With the arrival of the Expo Line, a light rail line that was extended to Downtown Santa Monica in 2016, the time was right for a comprehensive look at transit in Santa Monica, including recommendations to reconfigure Big Blue Bus service in response to the Expo line. This work included a major outreach component, an important step in a politically engaged community such as Santa Monica. The work also took place against the backdrop of an aggressive City goal, developed by Nelson\Nygaard through a separate study, of accommodating new development with no net growth in afternoon and evening peak traffic through 2030. Ed King, Director of Transit Services said of the project, “The high levels of customer engagement and employee participation were integral in re-designing and re-envisioning the future of our bus system.”
Archives for June 2018
North Bayshore Precise Plan earns the 2018 “Bringing It Home” Award
Mountain View’s North Bayshore Precise Plan won the 2018 “Bringing It Home” Award from SV@Home, a non-profit proponent of affordable housing in the Silicon Valley. North Bayshore is home to Google, Intuit, LinkedIn, and other major Silicon Valley companies and adjacent to one of the most congested highways in the region. In the plan developed by Nelson\Nygaard, rather than limiting the growth of these companies, the city has instead limited the peak vehicle trips they can generate. Companies that can cut their trips below the 45% drive-alone rate target are awarded with more entitlement. If companies fail to meet their targets the city may impose congestion pricing at the area’s gateways. Despite having the most onerous trip-reduction requirements for any suburban location in the country, the plan was adopted in early 2015, and it has already attracted 7 million square feet of development applications. Since adoption, the City has already approved 9,850 new apartments to be added to North Bayshore. The plan had previously won the 2015 Award for Comprehensive Plan, Small Jurisdiction, from the California Northern Section of the American Planning Association.