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Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Complete Streets Project Ranking

OVERVIEW

  • Client: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Prime Contractor: Michael Baker International (MBI)
  • Services:
    Project analysis and prioritization
    Cost estimate support
    Resiliency and sustainability task documentation
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • Sustainability and resiliency ranking logic
  • Ranking of projects as selected by MBI
  • Collaboration on cost estimates for resiliency and sustainability measures
More than 90 percent of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s (JTA) customers walk or bike to a bus stop. Recognizing that, JTA committed to U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Complete Streets goals of well-planned transit that would enable and serve pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods. Complete Streets - Jacksonville, Florida

The JTA selected Michael Baker International (MBI) as the prime contractor for a Complete Streets Study. MBI brought in ecoPreserve to evaluate the sustainability and resiliency of 77 transportation projects. That evaluation required significant data analysis, drawing on sources like these:

  • The NOAA Sea Level Rise Tool
  • FEMA flood zones
  • QCT (Qualified Census Tract) zones that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found to have substantial rates of poverty or low income
  • Habitats of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service endangered species
  • Department of Agriculture prime agricultural zones

With that data, the ecoPreserve team assessed the sustainability and resiliency of the JTA projects. In reporting their findings, the team identified potential benefits and environmental concerns associated with project locations.

In further collaboration with MBI, ecoPreserve documented cost estimates and project sustainability/resiliency ranking scores for the final report.

The Complete Streets Project Ranking identified essential considerations for selecting areas for development:

  • Stormwater management
  • Heat island effect
  • Access to social services and equity
  • Habitat and wetland development
  • Ground permeability

Project ranking based on those considerations and sustainability/resiliency recommendations will facilitate improvements for pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile traffic. Along those routes, reduced petroleum-powered travel will reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The environment and public health will benefit as Complete Streets become safer streets for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

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