Staten Island North Shore Transportation Improvement Strategies
Staten Island, New York
Under the direction of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), our team completed the Staten Island North Shore Transportation Improvement Strategy (TIS). The North Shore study area includes three major corridors; Richmond Terrace, Bay Street, and Victory Boulevard, which all lead to the borough’s main transportation facility, the St. George Ferry Terminal. The purpose of the TIS was to ensure a comprehensive strategy for the improvement of transportation conditions on the North Shore, including a set of recommendations that address all modes of transportation that converge on downtown St. George -- driving, walking, biking, and taking public transit.
To address transportation needs throughout the North Shore, the study had several key objectives:
- Transportation as an opportunity. Historically, strategic investment in transportation infrastructure has allowed New York City to grow. The economic vitality of the North Shore depends on continued investment so that transportation systems keep up with current growth and contribute to making St. George and surrounding “downtown” areas a generator of commerce, jobs, and tourism.
- Need for multi-modal solutions. Recommended actions should create a reliable, multi-modal network that integrates vehicles, transit, pedestrians and bicycles. This integration improves quality of life while supporting current and future residents, workers, and visitors.
- Travel demand management as a catalyst. Travel demand management strategies can induce higher levels of alternative transportation modes such as trains, bus rapid transit, and cycling.
The Initial Actions were planned to be implemented 2017-2018. Priority Projects include major capital improvements, infrastructure upgrades, and street furniture installations. These projects will result in long-term benefits for area residents and visitors. These projects require longer implementation timelines, agency coordination, political support and depend on securing funding.