Tennessee Street Corridor Transit Alternatives Criteria Study: A Vision for an Enhanced Transit Application in Tallahassee
Semester: Fall 2011
Lead Faculty: Gregory Thompson, Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University
Project Partner: Tallahassee StarMetro
Student Assistants: Alexander Garcia, William Huber, Cory Lynn Pelfrey, Eric Porter, Christine Rice, and Megan Weiss
Project Summary: The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) at Florida State University (FSU) entered into an agreement with StarMetro, the city-owned and operated bus service for Tallahassee, Florida for the preparation of this transit report. This report is intended to be a guidance document that presents criteria to aid StarMetro in defining the Tennessee Street Corridor (TSC) enhanced transit alternatives, including a modern streetcar, a light rail transit (LRT), or a bus rapid transit (BRT) system. An enhanced transit mode has the potential to greatly improve public transportation in Tallahassee if it is planned and designed correctly. An enhanced transit mode provides an opportunity to build upon the recently implemented Nova2010 decentralization plan by enhancing the existing transit system and supporting land use changes along the TSC. Due to the substantial capital investment required to implement an enhanced transit mode, the mode must offer substantial benefits over and above the existing transit service along the TSC.
The purpose of this studio is to provide guidance to StarMetro on what characteristics make an enhanced transit mode successful or unsuccessful. These performance characteristics were developed into a set of criteria that an enhanced transit mode along the TSC should meet during the alternatives analysis. The scope of the analysis for this studio is limited to developing criteria to guide StarMetro towards an enhanced transit mode alternative that is first and foremost designed to enhance and build upon the existing transit system in Tallahassee. These criteria are based on research of modern light rail practice in the United States, modern streetcar practices in the United States, and modern tramway practices in France. Several in-depth case studies were presented to describe what aspects of each modern rail transit practice Tallahassee and StarMetro could adapt to the TSC and what aspects should be avoided.
- Tennessee Street Corridor Transit Alternatives Criteria Study: A Vision for an Enhanced Transit Application in Tallahassee (pdf 6.93 MB)