CENTER CITY TRANSPORTATION PROJECT: SEATTLE

IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, DOWNTOWN RUSH HOUR CONGESTION IS GENERALLY MINIMAL, AND PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION IS THE PRIMARY MOBILITY PROBLEM. THE STEEP GRADES BETWEEN THE WATERFRONT AND THE DOWNTOWN CORE AREA INHIBIT PEDESTRIAN TRAVEL. ALTHOUGH THE NORTH--SOUTH STREETS ARE RELATIVELY LEVEL, THE EAST--WEST STREETS IN THE CBD HAVE GRADES UP TO 16%. THE CCTP TEAM CONDUCTED A PEDESTRIAN SURVEY IN WHICH FERRY PASSENGERS, PERSONS PARKING AT CURB AND OFF-STREET FACILITIES, AND PEOPLE AT BUILDING ENTRANCES WERE INTERVIEWED. THIS SURVEY IDENTIFIED THE ORIGINS, LINKAGES, AND REASONS FOR TRAVEL. CBD WAS FOUND TO ATTRACT NEARLY 100,000 PERSONS BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 1 P.M., OF WHICH APPROXIMATELY 62% ARRIVED BY CAR, 27% BY BUS, 4% BY FERRY, AND 6% AS PEDESTRIANS. SHOPPING TRIPS ACCOUNTED FOR APPROXIMATELY 31% OF TOTAL PEDESTRIAN TRIPS; WORK TRIPS, 24%; PERSONAL BUSINESS TRIPS, 17%; AND COMMERCIAL BUSINESS TRIPS, 12%. DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED SERIES OF PEDESTRIAN WAYS IS RECOMMENDED TO MAXIMIZE THE NUMBER OF KEY PEDESTRIAN CORRIDORS IN RELATION TO NEW DEVELOPMENT. PRIMARY ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO RESERVING PEDESTRIAN CORRIDORS THROUGH PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT COMPLEXES AND EXTENDING THESE CORRIDORS THROUGH PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT COMPLEXES. THE FIRST SECTION OF MOVING SIDEWALK WOULD EXTEND UPHILL BETWEEN THE WATERFRONT AND THIRD AVENUE ALONG THE MARION--MADISON STREET AXIS AND TIE IN WITH EXPANDED PERIPHERAL PARKING ALONG THE ALASKAN VIADUCT. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD 44
  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM