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Texas Department of Transportation - Houston
7600 Washington Avenue
Northwest Transit Connection
US 290/ IH 610
From W 12th St to Old Katy Road
There is no high comfort off-street pedestrian/bike facility to access the NW Transit Center from Spring Branch and Heights Neighborhood. The NW Transit Center is a transit hub that connects to Downtown Houston. The need for the proposed project is demonstrated by the following conditions: • Many residents currently ride and walk to the NW Transit Center, without a high comfort bike/ped facilities to encourage mode shifts • Existing on-street bike facility on Post Oak is low comfort. • There is no continous pedestrian/bicycle facilities for cyclists coming from the east and west side of I 610 to access the NW Transit center.
The off-street facility will widen the existing sidewalk to 10 ft, which will begin at 12 St and travel south along US 290/I 610 to Old Katy Road. The project will include 10 feet wide concrete path along the I 610 frontage road, striping, pavement markings, signage, landscape/hardscape as well as associated intersection improvements. This project does not require additional acquisition of right-of-way.
The purpose of the proposed project is to provide first-and-last mile convenient access for residents from increasingly high density development in the Spring Branch and Heights Neighborhood to the NW Transit Center, improving connectivity and access for alternative modes of transportation, and encourage mode shifts from driving to walking/cycling and transit in both person work and non-work trips. This project would provide a safe off-street high comfort pedestrian and bicycle north-south connector route to the NW Transit Center and possible future connection to the High Speed Rail Terminal.
Less than $100 million
View Uploaded File: HOU_102_POAK - Letter of Commitment.pdf
Categorical Exclusion (CE)
(c)(3) Construction of bicycle and pedestrian lanes, paths, and facilities
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Northwest Transit Center - Accessibility to Transit
No Advanced Funding Agreement (AFA) will be needed for this project since TxDOT will provide the 20% match, which reduces the project timeline by 6-12 months for the AFA process.
No permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, and railroad are expected to be required before the project can be constructed.
No documentation is needed from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
TxDOT’s Houston District Environmental Section has reviewed the project and indicated that the criteria for FHWA Categorical Exclusion Action (c)(3) Construction of bicycle and pedestrian lanes, paths, and facilities would be appropriate for this project.
This project does not require additional acquisition of right-of-way (ROW).
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View Uploaded File: HOU_POAK - Location Map.pdf
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View Uploaded File: Bike Ped Roadway-Safety-Benefits-Post Oak TC.zip
View Uploaded File: Bike Ped Delay Benefit - Post Oak Park & Ride.zip
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Post Oak Transit Center Daily User Methodology
A Bicycle and Pedestrian Demand Sketch methodology (Greg Griffin) was utilized to generate daily bicycle and pedestrian volumes for the Post Oak Transit Center Facility. This methodology utilizes American Community Survey commuting mode share data (Subject Table “S0801 Commuting Characteristics by Sex”) to estimate mode shares along the facility for both bicycle and pedestrians. A multiplier was generated to account for additional bike and pedestrian travel outside of the commuting periods. To develop the most accurate estimate of mode share for each project, buffers were utilized to account for surrounding land uses and area types. A 1.5-mile buffer was utilized for pedestrian projects and a 5-mile buffer for bike projects. ACS data within these buffers was averaged to generate a likely mode share for both bike and pedestrian modes.
This data was then applied to traffic volumes generated from the regional travel demand model to estimate daily user bike and pedestrian trips. The specific process utilized to develop daily user estimates is outlined below:
Assemble mode share and roadway network data
• ACS data collection for city/county/MPO bike and pedestrian commute share
• Pull ADT information from regional model for appropriate network links parallel or nearby project facilities
• Load data into GIS
• Identify ACS Block Groups within buffer range to generate ACS mode share estimates
Estimate total trips by mode (multiplier)
• Calculate total bike mode share using the following formula: total bike mode share = 0.3% + (1.5 x bicycle commute share)
• Calculate total mode pedestrian mode share using the following formula: total pedestrian mode share = 2.2 x pedestrian commute share
Apply bicycle and pedestrian rates to roadway segments
• Apply bike/ped rates as proportion of current and/or projected vehicular volumes along specific roadway segment to develop estimated daily users
Interpolate to Estimate Build Year Daily Users
• The HGAC Model Years are 2018, 2025, and 2045. To estimate the “build year” daily users, an interpolation was applied to develop estimates for 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.
• A reasonable check was conducted by reviewing local information and transit ridership information to assess the reasonableness of user estimates generated in the previous steps. This methodology resulted in reasonable estimates of potential bicycle and pedestrian users in the year open to traffic.
1.97 tons/year NOX
0.38 tons/year VOCs
901 - 1000
Spring Branch Livable Center Study
Houston-Galveston Area Council