Downtown Area Circulation Study

Downtown Area Circulation Study

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT UPDATE:
THANK YOU ALL WHO ATTENDED THE WORKSHOPS THE WEEK OF MARCH 11TH. IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND THERE IS STILL OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INPUT. WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE PRESENTATION WHICH INCLUDES INFORMATION ON THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, DOWNTOWN AREA CIRCULATION STUDY, AND THE DDA DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND THEN GO TO THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP TO PROVIDE INPUT. 

What is It & Why?

There is significant demand for limited street space; downtown streets serve as public gathering and business space while providing critical access to downtown jobs and amenities. By looking at all of these needs and uses together, we intend to serve all and ensure that every person feels welcome and has access to downtown. 

The Downtown Circulation Study is a collaboration between the Ann Arbor DDA and the City of Ann Arbor. The study, along with community engagement, will inform priorities for future capital improvements to the downtown and near downtown streets.  

 The study is guided by the DDA’s values and the values and goals established in the City’s Moving Together Transportation Plan. Collectively, these values emphasize the following key priorities: 

  • Safety for all people, regardless of their age, ability, or transportation choices 
  • Improve access to the downtown for all people 
  • Support the affordability, livability, and economic vibrancy of the downtown 
  • Advance carbon neutrality goals and improve resilience and sustainability 

Primary Tasks

  1. Active Transportation System Plan & Project Design – How do we build upon the adopted Moving Together Transportation Plan to expand the All Ages and Abilities bicycle network in the downtown and to adjacent neighborhoods and recreation?
  2. Transit Plan Alignment & Transit Priority Streets – What are the opportunities for improving transit operations and connections into and through the downtown, including consideration of transit priority streets?
  3. Fifth & Division Two-Way Restoration Feasibility – What is the feasibility, safety implications, and benefits of restoring Fifth Ave and Division Street into two-way streets?  
  4. Event Streets Feasibility – What is the range of special/event street designations for pedestrian-oriented streets downtown?  Which treatment(s) best meets both the community vision for downtown activities and capacity for programming and management support?  

Virtual Engagement Opportunities

If you weren’t able to make it in person, you can participate in the engagement activities through the Mural virtual workshop. We suggest watching the video below of the Workshop presentation before getting started.

Project Timeline

  • 1st round of public engagement Workshops – March 2024 
  • 2nd round of public engagement Workshops – June/July 2024 
  • Final recommendations – Fall 2024  

Materials

Contact

The Ann Arbor DDA and City Transportation Department are co-leading this effort with involvement from TheRide and other City Departments.  Questions about this project should be directed to Amber Miller at the Ann Arbor DDA: amiller@a2dda.org and Trevor Brydon: tbrydon@a2gov.org. 

MEETINGS

Board Meetings

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Ann Arbor DDA Offices
150 South Fifth Avenue
Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Non-Regularly Scheduled/Special Meetings

DDA Informational Meetings 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at Noon (Completed)
Wednesday, December 4, 2024 at Noon

Special/Non-Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting

 

 

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