Near Northwest Case Study

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This session will include presentations from CAMPO and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) about the Near Northwest Corridor Connections Case Study. The Case Study was a collaborative partnership funded by the CTRMA and managed by CAMPO; and was an appendix to the 2045 Regional Active Transportation Plan. The Case Study was completed to address pedestrian and bicycle mobility needs adjacent to the US 183 North corridor. The case study includes an analysis of land use and transportation needs, recommendations for an all-ages and abilities network of ped/bike facilities on multiple streets in the corridor, additional multi-modal connectivity, policy recommendations, potential cross sections, and other amenities. The case study was a first of it’s kind effort in the region and brought together the cities of Cedar Park and Austin; Travis and Williamson Counties; Capital Metro, CTRMA and TxDOT. The case study includes context sensitive design recommendations that evolve as the facilities enter each jurisdictions along the corridor. The case study provides a detailed concept of how high-quality, safe, and comfortable regional ped/bike accommodations can be accomplished while also balancing the needs of users (including transit and cars). The case study also incorporates local land use planning into the concept to demonstrate the importance of place-making for bike/ped friendly design but also the economic development potential associated with such an investment.

About the Presenters: 

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Kelly Porter, AICP, is Regional Planning Manager for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). In his role with CAMPO, Mr. Porter manages the Regional Transportation Plan, Active Transportation Program, and Platinum Planning Program. He also oversees the Regional Active Transportation Plan, the Walkability Action Plan, corridor studies, as well as the regional arterials, and transit plans. Mr. Porter has over ten years of experience and has worked diligently to incorporate concepts to improve equity, upward mobility, and positive public health outcomes into his planning work. Mr. Porter is active in the leadership of the American Planning Association at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Porter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University in 2006 and his Masters of City and Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.

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Oscar Solis, P.E., has been a Senior Project Manager with the Mobility Authority responsible for projects in development for two years. He has 20 years of experience in engineering for transportation projects. He has been responsible for varying transportation projects, from procurement engineering services and general engineering consulting (GEC) for alternative delivery projects to urban feasibility studies to multi-level interchange schematics and roadway PS&E packages.

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