Market Street Draft Study Released

BY DAVE SNYDER
May 19, 2009

The Transportation Authority today released the draft Strategic Analysis Report on "Transportation Options for a Better Market Street." 

SPUR has long considered potential improvements to Market Street, and advised the Transportation Authority on the scope of this SAR. We urged the agency to be bold, but positive. That is, we emphasized that a study of Market Street ought to focus on the goals first before proposing solutions such as banning car traffic. We cited five goals:

- speeding transit vehicles by 20%, at least.

- a contiguous, carfree bicycle path of travel

- elegant bus stops, that are comfortable and more like "stations" than "stops."

- more convenient and safer pedestrian conditions on the north side, where the "pork chop" intersections damage the walking experience

- beautiful streetscapes with plenty of options for sitting

How did they do? Plesae review the study and give them, and us, your feedback.