The report presents analysis, data and supplementary information developed in the preparation of the Memphis auto restricted zone (ARZ) Demonstration Plan. The general approach of the ARZ study has centered on the identification and development of opportunities existing in U.S. cities for a reorientation to transit and pedestrian travel. Much of that opportunity is defined by characteristics of the vehicular and pedestrian networks and the traffic that uses them. The circulation framework that is eventually developed as a principal element of the ARZ plan requires coordination in the reallocation of street space among transit riders, pedestrians, auto users, and goods movements. The approach taken in planning the circulation framework for the Memphis ARZ was somewhat different than that used in the other cities. Memphis had recently implemented a major change in its downtown circulation system by closing ten blocks and creating the Mid-America Mall. The Mall is active at midday during the week, but the evenings and weekends are quiet. Given the density, auto orientation, and customary use patterns of its citizens, the downtown is not likely to benefit from major street closings or changes in traffic patterns. However, selective and modest additions could extend the Mall to a larger district, provide better facilities for the now disadvantaged transit riders, and encourage development projects that could improve street environment and support conversion of now-vacant buildings.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., MA., Moore-Heder Architects, Cambridge, MA., and Kearney (A. T.), Inc., Chicago, IL. See also PB-286318, and PB-283320. Also available in set of 9 reports PC E20, PB-286 312-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Moore-Header Architects

    806 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02118

    Kearney (AT) and Company, Incorporated

    100 South Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research, Development and Demonstration
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 184 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0042-78-7Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1057
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM