What Would $720 Million for Transportation Buy?

City Council mulls the "Go Big" bond in preparation for the November ballot

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East Riverside Corridor Report

E. Riverside Dr. (from I-35 to SH 71)
Study dated Dec. 2013. Cost estimate: $358M long-term, but that includes high-capacity transit. Proposed funding: $83M.

Short-term improvements total just $2.2M, for myriad improvements to intersections, sidewalks, bike lanes, medians, and driveways. The recommended long-term improvements "are meant to change the overall physical operation of the corridor and be constructed with the planning horizon year 2025." These include reducing travel lanes in each direction, building a 7- to 8-foot cycle track in both directions that is buffered from the roadway and sidewalk, and re-grading for "center running high capacity transit that is assumed to extend from west of IH 35 to SH 71." (This was the most preferred corridor in the 2014 Project Connect rail plan.) The proposed $83M would probably fund all of the roadway improvements in the plan; the rest (88%) appears to be rail-related, and may not be relevant anymore (for now).

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