The DCP builds on the bus, bike, pedestrian, and shared mobility advantages of Downtown, and encourages people to try all the diverse options. It leverages future investments in physical and operational infrastructure to accomplish multiple benefits by optimizing mobility for those traveling by foot or on any number of wheels. The emphasis is on moving people in every mode, with the goal of getting everyone safely and comfortably to their destinations, including publicly accessible parking facilities. Mobility enhancements address all forms of circulation while prioritizing the pedestrian and maintaining vehicle traffic flow for the benefit of cars and buses destined for Downtown.
People get to—and move throughout—the Downtown in many different ways. This chapter looks at Downtown circulation as a network of interconnected parts and defines a coordinated set of actions for creating a walkable and transit-oriented neighborhood that connects to regional circulation networks, optimizes access to light rail, addresses vehicle congestion, and supports bicycling and walking as well as diverse first- and last-mile connections.
Downtown benefits from almost 10,000 existing parking spaces in a combination of accessible public parking structures, private parking facilities, and on-street parking spaces. The DCP encourages efficient use of these valuable resources through signage that helps drivers find available parking quickly, and that integrates public and private spaces into a shared network with real-time information. Active review of parking data helps to use pricing, signage, location, and connections to alleviate parking shortages and maximize the use and efficiency of parking spaces and avoid the development of excess parking that contributes to vehicle congestion.