Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan, aiming to broaden the kinds of streets in its arsenal, accommodate more multi-mode transportation like buses, trains, and bike lanes, and address needs in high-growth areas like the far North and far South.
Continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment, numerous gaps in continuity within the city’s transportation system, a narrow range of street classifications that doesn’t match up well with various land uses and development, and greater need to move people by means other than cars is driving the need for the update.
“We’re trying to get ourselves back to thinking that we make sure everybody is well-connected,” Mark Rauscher, Fort Worth’s program manager over the plan, said.
The city staff has launched what will likely be an 18-month review and update of the master plan, last updated in 2009. On Nov. 17, an all-volunteer task force began meeting to help guide the process.
A key principle of the review – “one street design does not fit all contexts” – furthers a change in the city’s direction during the 2009 update, when it went “from moving cars to moving people.”
The city’s goals for the update include:
• Increased sensitivity to surroundings and building “complete streets” that interact with uses;
• Maximizing potential for redevelopment and economic development;
• Increasing linkages to public transit and improving bike facilities;
• Using more roundabouts when possible to create smoother-moving, cheaper, and safer intersections;
• Striking a balance between mobility and access to roads that optimizes convenience and minimizes congestion; and,
• Creating more efficient travel routes.
The update should improve orderly growth and sustainable development and give direction to developers, while preserving future opportunities for growth in multimodal transportation, city officials said.