Hospital Transportation Planning
Hospitals and medical centers present unique mobility and access opportunities and constraints. They are 24-hour operations, with complex and changing shifts that create non-traditional peak demands for travel. Hospitals need to be competitive in terms of attracting patients, staff and physicians, all of whom have different expectations about parking and access. Furthermore, the need for active transportation is increasingly recognized as critical in reversing obesity and diabetes and other diseases caused by inactivity. Nelson\Nygaard specializes in tackling these transportation issues, most often as a part of master plan developments and new hospital projects.
Planning for Growth
Nelson\Nygaard helps plan for the consequences of growth, from traffic congestion to the loss of surface parking. We aim to decrease overall drive alone travel by means of both physical improvements and incentive programs. Consensus building is integral to our process: we navigate relations with cities and agencies, and meet the needs of executives, transportation staff, unions, hospital staff, patients and visitors.
Nelson\Nygaard has in-depth experience with the specifics of campus and hospital plans: we plan and cost transit and shuttle routes and develop and improve internal pedestrian and bicycle networks as well as wayfinding programs.
With former parking managers among the firm’s principals, Nelson\Nygaard offers practical expertise in permit allocation, pricing and enforcement. We can project future demand, identify the right management policies, and implement reforms such as parking cash-out and robust transportation demand management (TDM) programs.
We offer the unique ability to integrate financial and demand modeling for all transportation modes. In creating hospital-specific price elasticities and revenue projections, the firm identifies the most cost-effective mix of investments in new parking facilities, transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and incentives for people not to drive.