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1 JOINT PARTNERSHIPS: Working Together To Support Light Rail in Santa Monica ITY OF ANTA MONICA RAIL-VOLUTION / OCTOBER 17, 2012 SARAH LEJEUNE, PRINCIPAL PLANNER, STRATEGIC + TRANSPORTATION PLANNING DIVISION

2 SANTA MONICA Beach Community- Former Streetcar City 8.3 square miles History of leadership on Housing & Environmental Issues 2 nd most dense City in LA County, one of most dense in the State Recent influx of creative tech businesses. Demographics 90,000 residents Daytime population 250, million + annual visitors Openi ng Day 1896 Santa Monica LUCE Railvolution

3 Long-Term Commitment to Light Rail 30 Years in the Making Creation of a Rail Reserve account in 1984; Purchases of station sites in 1989 (Bergamot) and 2004 (Downtown Terminus site) Establishment of Transportation Preservation District in 2006 to preserve METRO right-of-way for transportation-related uses

4 EXPO LIGHT RAIL: FUNDED BY VOTER REFERENDUM Santa Monica s MULTI-LAYERED PARTNERSHIPS Land Use and Circulation Update- Community Alignment Dialogue: Expo, MTA, City Council Specific Plans: Santa Monica Community Access: METRO and HUD Grants Capital Investments-former RDA Joint Partnerships- TOD Private Development M M 4 M

5 LUCE: LAND USE + CIRCULATION ELEMENT 5 6 years of collaborative work 4,000 individuals and 50 community groups participating in formulating a the vision that anticipates light rail. Unanimously approved by City Council on July 6, Policies incorporated into the LUCE to support the route, station locations and land use strategies. Focus on multiple modes of travel and station access, minimal additional vehicle trips

6 11th 17th 4th 26th Original Expo LRT Alignment & 2 Stations in SM Downtown Station 35 +/-above grade On-grade Station at Bergamot Raised track above grade LUCE Process Identified: New Alignment & Additional Station Santa Monica LUCE Railvolution

7 WORKING WITH EXPO, MTA, COMMUNITY & CITY COUNCIL TO CHANGE ALIGNMENT TO STREET RUNNING Colorado street-running alignment integrates rail with land uses increasing ridership, bike/ped/transit transfers, and economic value. New Mid-Town Station to Serve College and 2 Hospitals Hospitals Downtown Station at grade New Colorado Alignment New Mid-Town Station Bergamot Station Street-Running Santa Monica College Santa Monica LUCE Railvolution

8 8 PLANNING FOR FIRST /MILE LAST MILE- INTEGRATION AND OPTIMAL RIDERSHIP

9 PLANNING: AREA PLANS 9 TO ENSURE OPTIMAL ACCESS + TOD DEVELOPMENT : THREE AREA PLANS 1. Bergamot includes nationally acclaimed art center 2. Memorial Park just beginning; access to college and hospitals 3. Downtown is one of nation s top 10 downtowns

10 TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT JOINT PARTNERSHIPS WITH PRIVATE DEVELOPERS 10 Bergamot Art Center: Developer Selection Underway 4 th /5 th and Arizona: Developer Selection Underway Santa Monica Place Remodel: Complete The Village: Under Construction Station Site: Infrastructure analysis RFP to follow

11 BERGAMOT AREA PLAN Planning Grant: U.S. DEPT. OF HUD VISION: transform industrial to mixed-use, transit oriented neighborhoods that preserve and enhance existing character Housing: Affordable, workforce, artist livework, market rate Arts and Culture: Bergamot Station Arts Center. Additional art uses. Sustainability: Reduce GHG and car dependence Active Streets and Open Spaces: Village atmosphere with ample public spaces Neighborhood Services: Local-serving uses to serve residents/workers Trip Reduction: Shared parking, TDM/TMA and TOD parking policies Bergamot Area Art Center

12 MEMORIAL PARK MASTER PLAN- Planning Grant: CA STATE STRATEGIC GROWTH COUNCIL 12 Prop. 84 (State) funded grant awarded for master plan effort to build new transit-oriented neighborhood around expanded Memorial Park. Improve connectivity to services for existing neighborhoods Provide new housing and job opportunities Pedestrian and bike improvements between Santa Monica College, hospitals, and Light Rail Focus public and private investment around light rail station Hospi t al s S. M. Col l ege

13 DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN Planning Grant: METRO TOD GRANT LUCE VISION: Maintain vitality and economic success, create convenient pedestrian and bicycle linkages 13 Walkability is Key to Success Urban design guidelines to enhance pedestrian realm Growing bike community, visitors residents, commuters Developer support for first mile/ last mile access Regional retail destination Preserve vehicle access to garages. The Downtown Specific Plan coordinates critical civic + private investments to support Transit Oriented Development

14 JUMP Start: First Mile /Last Mile Public Investments Pier Bike Center Colorado Esplanade Station Plaza

15 ESPLANADE: Iconic Gateway and Circulation Solution,

16 Santa Monica LUCE Railvolution

17 ESPLANADE: Multiple Roles Station Plaza: Influx of Pedestrians Wayfinding and Orientation Celebrating Arrival Pedestrians: Increased area Tree canopy Scramble intersections

18 ESPLANADE: Multiple Roles Vehicle Circulation Improves vehicle traffic Bikes (Metro construction grant) First cycle track in city connects rail line to the Pier and regional bike path. Pedestrian Oriented Land Use Holiday Inn to be updated and renovated with re-considered street frontage.

19 SANTA MONICA BIKE CENTER: Icon for Santa Monica bike identity Ridership has increased from 3.3% to 4.4% among largest employers 250 Members/1300 Entries 167 Bikes Parked Free Classes/Rides Exceeding projected memberships and rentals

20 FIRST MILE, LAST MILE BIKE IMPROVEMENTS Michigan Ave. Neighborhood Greenway 20 Improvements coordinated with the annual Resurfacing/ Repaving project Planning efforts that incorporate bikeway improvements Bergamot Area Plan Interim Sharrows 14 miles of bike lanes 65+ intersections with detection Downtown Access Improvements 12 miles of sharrows Every station is in biking distance from everywhere in Santa Monica October 2011 Beach Path Striping and Signage Improvements

21 BIKE SHARE POTENTIAL SITES, grant funded for 35 sites by 2014

22 DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS PARTNERING WITH DEVELOPERS: 23 pending DAs ACCESS TO STATIONS IS KEY COMMUNITY BENEFIT. Developer Contributions will help fund: Additional station platform at Bergamot Portions of Esplanade Additional streets Bus access to Civic Center & Station Site Bikeshare Sites Wider Sidewalks 22 Identification of Access Improvements as Area and Specific Plans Develop

23 KEY LESSONS: Many Partnerships 23 Patience, local political will, and long range planning, 30 years! Early/strong relationships with Expo + Metro Willingness and budget to front-load local investment General Plan Update anticipating rail. Ongoing community involvement Keep local planning ahead of rail design process Strong advocacy for multimodal travel as a sustainable solution

24 HANK OU SARAH LEJEUNE, PRINCIPAL PLANNER, STRATEGIC + TRANSPORTATION PLANNING DIVISION

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