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Urban Street Design Guide
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Nelson\Nygaard was hired by NACTO to develop national street design guidelines relevant to cities. The guide, available online and for purchase, is a blueprint for designing 21st century streets where people can walk, bike, drive, park, take transit, and socialize. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals said that the guide is “likely
to change how street infrastructure in U.S. cities
is planned, designed, and modified.”

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University of Wisconsin, Madison Campus Transit Evaluation
Madison, WI

UW-Madison hired a team led by Nelson\Nygaard to evaluate the campus bus routes and accessible transportation services.The team conducted focus groups with students, faculty, and staff with disabilities and a campuswide survey to understand people’s priorities. Draft recommendations were brought to the university community in a series of public meetings to shape and advise final recommendations.

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Hull Street Corridor Revitalization Plan
Richmond, VA

As part of HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County sought to transform a unwalkable corridor. Nelson\Nygaard,in a team led by Rhodeside-Harwell, created a series of cross-section options for the city and county sides of Hull Street Road and laid out the corridor based on a community-approved design. This project won the 2013 Outstanding Redevelopment Plan from the APA, Virginia Chapter.

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Moscow Capital City Master Plan
Moscow, Russia

Following an international contest for the best design of a new district, Nelson\ Nygaard, on a team led by Urban Design Associates, won for the new capital district. The judges singled out the transit- and pedestrian-orientation of our approach. More controversial was our plan to link Moscow’s 19th century regional rail terminals to each other with a Crossrail-scale project that would include a new central rail station near the Kremlin. For more information, see
capitalcitiesplanninggroup.com.

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MBTA THE RIDE
Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation
Authority‘s ADA paratransit service, THE RIDE, provides nearly two million door-to-door trips each year in the greater Boston area.The MBTA retained Nelson\ Nygaard to identify strategies that would reduce costs while meeting the MBTA’s obligations under ADA and locally established service quality standards. Following the successful implementation of several strategies, Nelson\Nygaard is providing ongoing assistance.

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Seattle Waterfront Conceptual Design
Seattle, WA

As part of design teams led by James Corner Field Operations and CH2MHill, Nelson\Nygaard helped Seattle to balance the waterfront’s important mobility functions with the city’s placemaking goals.Nelson\Nygaard led the design of the bikeway, a new intermodal transit center, and a new connector.The plan received the 2013 American Planning Association’s National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design.

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MOVEPGH Transportation Master Plan
Pittsburgh, PA

In 2010, the City of Pittsburgh launched MOVEPGH, a comprehensive plan to build a network for all modes of transportation, preserve open space and the city’s historic places, and develop policies for more sustainable living. As a part of a larger team, Nelson\Nygaard worked with the City of Pittsburgh to develop a comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan.

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Metrotown Exchange Functional Plan
Vancouver, BC

Metrotown Station in Burnaby is one of the most
significant bus exchanges in TransLink’s SkyTrain
system but it was hampered by severe capacity and accessibility issues.In an intense and highly collaborative three-day charrette, the Nelson\Nygaard-led team developed project goals and drafted three station area and operational concepts. The plan was completed in 2012.

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Chicago Complete Streets
Chicago, IL

Chicago is the first large city in the nation to decisively place pedestrians in its street design hierarchy. In 2013, the Chicago Department of Transportation released Complete Streets Chicago, led by Nelson\Nygaard. By inverting the typical transportation paradigm (cars first, then people), the report intends to produce a wholesale shift in how Chicagoans and visitors experience the streets.

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Santa Monica Bike Action Plan
Santa Monica, CA

The City of Santa Monica adopted a landmark
bicycle master plan to improve the city’s bicycling
environment. Guided and supported by Santa
Monica’s award-winning 2010 Land Use and
Circulation Element, the Bike Action Plan offers a coordinated range of strategies for the city’s “No Net New Vehicle Trips” policy. Nelson\Nygaard laid out a bold five-year implementation strategy and a 20-year vision with aggressive increases in bikeway lane mileage. By 2012, the city had already implemented 14 miles of new bike lanes and 12.7 miles of routes with sharrows, increasing the bikeway network by 72%.

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