A Case for Linking Town and Gown: The Plan for University Boulevard


With some of the highest bicycling and walking rates in the state of Texas, the cities of Bryan and College Station, and Texas A &M University, have leveraged their long-standing partnerships to make incremental improvements to the active transportation environment in their shared community. Significant investment has been made into new on-street and off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Still, these municipal and institutional partners recognize that the Farm to Market 60 corridor remains a challenging barrier that inhibits active mobility – bisecting the heart of the community and separating the university from surrounding neighborhoods. Community leaders have determined that the conflict between FM 60’s current design, and increasing rates of bicycle and pedestrian travel within key corridor nodes, requires dramatic change to the design of roadway segments and intersections. The FM 60/University Drive Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Study proposes an ambitious series of bridges and tunnels to support bicycle and pedestrian travel along and across FM 60, and to reduce active commuters’ interaction with motor vehicles. Extending east and west from the Study’s proposed “University Boulevard” project, recommended facility design solutions seek to transform Farm to Market Road 60 into a true multi-modal corridor where biking and walking is viewed as a desirable transportation option.

Daniel Rudge

Daniel Rudge joined the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization as its Executive Director in 2016. Dan has 25 years of experience in the transportation planning profession across six different states. Prior to his arrival in the Bryan-College Station area, Dan served as the Chief of Planning/Manager of Mobility Programs with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) where he was responsible for statewide and local transportation planning initiatives across DRPT’s transit, transportation demand management and rail programs. Dan is also a past Executive Director for the Springfield, Missouri MPO and a research Associate for the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) in Tampa, Florida. Dan’s lengthy project resume includes long-range transportation plans, congestion management process plans, coordinated human service agency plans, transit development plans, access management initiatives, and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plans. He has received national recognition for developing and conducting transportation training seminars in nine states, co-authoring two award-winning transportation handbooks, and editing an international newsletter. Dan holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia Tech.

Christian Lentz

Christian Lentz, AICP, is a professional planner with Halff Associates, Inc, based in the firm’s Austin, Texas office. Christian joined Halff Associates in 2015 with extensive planning experience at the municipal, county, and regional planning level at different locations throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Mr. Lentz has served as both a municipal and regional planning director responsible for long-range planning, and the management of special projects – including multiple active transportation initiatives. Christian’s project experience includes a full range of bicycle and pedestrian plans, studies, and supporting land development provisions. Since joining Halff Associates, Christian has helped to sustain and expand the firm’s active transportation planning practice, while also leading municipal parks and recreation, and comprehensive planning efforts. Christian has leveraged his professional experience into meaningful volunteer activities that have helped to build the capacity of multiple bicycle and pedestrian organizations such as Ozark Greenways and Wheel Movement of the CSRA.

31997965_cooper_aaron_0790.jpgAaron G. Cooper, PLA, CLARB, ASLA, is a professional landscape architect with Halff Associates, Inc., based in the firm’s Austin, Texas office. Aaron joined Halff Associates Inc. in November 2012, after graduating from Texas Tech University in May of 2011 and spending 18 months with an Austin based landscape design firm. His experience with Halff includes a variety of projects including parks, recreation, and sports facilities planning and design, bicycle facilities and trails planning and design, comprehensive master planning, parks master planning, corridor planning, streetscape design, as well as land development and site-specific master plans.

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