The Mobility Plan
Alachua County’s Plan to Effectively Link Land Use and Transportation
Alachua County has adopted amendments to its Comprehensive Plan which will reduce vehicle miles travelled and greenhouse gas emissions per capita by providing for enhanced transportation mobility options in conjunction with land use changes that bring services closer to residents and provide for development densities and intensities that are transit supportive.
Key features of this plan include:
- An alternative concurrency management system that enables new development to satisfy its transportation mitigation obligations through the payment of a multimodal transportation mitigation contribution.
- Provisions and incentives for Transit OrientedDevelopments and Traditional Neighborhood Developments that will facilitate a reduction in vehicle miles travelled per capita.
- A financially feasible multimodal infrastructure plan to accommodate future growth and transportation demands within the Urban Cluster Boundary in an fiscally efficient and ecologicallyresponsible way.
EXISTING & FUTURE BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN NETWORK
The community our children will inherit
Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) The Mobility Plan encourages TNDs which allow residents to walk and bike to a village center containing a mixture of commercial, residential, office and civic uses. Town of Tioga (photo) is a TND.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) TODs are a key feature of The Mobility Plan. These developments contain a mix of uses and provide a higher density focal point for transit. They also will be the location of park and ride lots to serve residents in outlying areas. Imagine driving a short distance, parking, getting a cup of coffee, checking your email as you take transit into town, taking transit back to your vehicle, picking up groceries inthe village center, and heading home for dinner.
Celebraton Pointe is a Transit Oriented Development currently under development in Alachua County:
Getting from here to there
Express Transit Service The Mobility Plan includes Express Transit Service from the edges of the Urban Cluster to UF/Shands and Downtown Gainesville beginning in 2015. Proposed express transit routes serving commuting trips from East Gainesville, Southwest Gainesville, Jonesville & Santa Fe College.
Rapid Transit Service As a second phase, The Mobility Plan includes a rapid transit service commonly referred to as “Bus Rapid Transit”. The primary feature of this system is buses running in dedicated lanes in a “raillike” configuration. The system will be developed in conjunction with TODs and as density increases within the Urban Cluster.
Interconnected Road Network The Mobility Plan includes the continued development of the gridded roadway network as well as addressing the bottlenecks crossing Interstate-75.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity The Mobility Plan includes a connected bicycle and pedestrian network with new on-road bicycle lanes and off-road multi-use paths. These facilities will connect existing and future residential development to TODs, TNDs and Activity Centers.
The How and Why of Mobility Choices
Mobility Choices: The Mobility Plan creates more mobility options for residents, especially for young people, the elderly and people who do not own cars or prefer not to drive. The Mobility Plan provides for express transit and park and ride opportunities from outlying areas into the major regional employment and commercial hubs within the City of Gainesville
Mixed Use The Mobility Plan provides for commercial, office, civic and institutional uses within walking and biking distance to residents by providing incentives for mixed-use development.
Energy Efficiency The Mobility Plan is consistent with the County’s Energy Conservation Strategies Commissions recommendations regarding land use and transportation. The plan’s focus on alternative modes of transportation and compact development patterns is key to reducing energy use, personal transportation costs and dependence on foreign-sourced fossil fuels.
Greenhouse Gases Peak hour transit service has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any motorized transportation mode. Bicycle and pedestrian modes are virtually greenhouse gas free.
Reduced Fiscal Impacts The Mobility Plan provides a fiscally responsible bridge to the future by positioning the County to be able to reduce future infrastructure construction and maintenance costs. The Plan focuses on the existing Urban Cluster and transitions the County from chasing congestion with new roadways to funding increased transit service over time.