March 3, 2016 12:00PM (ET)

Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida

In many communities, there is a network of fixed route public transit service and also the existence of bicycle lanes, paved shoulders and sidewalks on at least a portion of the street network.  Most public transit riders already walk or bicycle to and from a transit stop.  It is possible that in some cases, a community has a multi-use or single use trail which, if connected to transit service, could serve well beyond a first and last mile of a transit rider’s journey. In other cases, a community may be developing a network of urban trails that opens up further possibilities to enhance community-wide accessibility by connecting the trail network to the transit network at multiple points.

An evaluation of methodologies to determine how to strengthen linkages between public transit service and public trails was undertaken for the Florida Department of Transportation.  The aim is to develop the multimodal transportation network so that a traveler can use both trails and transit in a single trip.  The traveler can then access more destinations that he or she might not otherwise be able to reach by using just one mode.

The results of this study will be presented and will include findings from the initial literature review to determine the state of practice with regard to linking public transit with trails for a transportation purpose.  The presentation will also discuss the results of case studies from cities nationwide, which illustrate alternative approaches to considering transit/trail linkages.  A new approach will be described, using Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties in Florida for illustrative purposes.  Conclusions and recommendations for strengthening transit/trail connections also will be presented. View Handout | Download Report

Presenter: Sara J. Hendricks, AICP, Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Sara J. Hendricks, AICP, Senior Research Associate, began her transportation career in the private sector, conducting traffic impact studies for new land development, parking studies, and site feasibility studies in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.  She earned a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her study emphasis was land use and environment.  Since then, her applied research position at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, has enabled her to integrate her interests in both transportation and land development.  Ms. Hendricks has pursued research in growth management within the context of transportation demand management (TDM) for government clients at the local, regional and state level.  Studies have included retrofitting suburban communities for transit oriented development (TOD), incorporating TDM in the land development process, and gauging the impact of TOD on public transit ridership.  She has an interest in mobility issues of vulnerable populations, and improving the bicycling and walking environment.


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