Master Transportation Plan
In 2009, the City and County Commissions created the Mobility District - an 18 square mile area in the heart of Tallahassee where the primary goal is to create a safe and desirable environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. By choosing to meet future demands with alternative modes rather than widening roads, our community is acknowledging that we cannot simply build our way out of congestion, and that we must provide a choice in housing and transportation options for current and future citizens.
Moving Tallahassee: Cars Optional: will be a critical plan to show how we can connect neighborhoods to businesses, parks and workplaces via sidewalks, trails, bike routes, and transit - and over time make cars optional within the Mobility District.
This plan is under development, and your input is critical to making it a success. The graphic below reflects the three interrelated elements of this project.
Corridor Planning will develop recommendations throughout the Mobility District for sidewalks widths, bike lane widths, utility placement, street trees, on street parking, and street furniture depending on whether the road will be a major transit route, predominately a bicycle route, or mainly pedestrian access. Cars will generally still be allowed on all roads, but additional features may be planned for over time. For example, some roads may be designated to have wider sidewalks and more street parking over time, resulting in narrower travel lanes and slower speeds for automobiles.
Bicycle Route Network The City of Tallahassee and Leon County have begun working with local groups and bicycle enthusiasts including the Capital City Cyclists to create a bicycle route network throughout Leon County. Our goal is to solicit input from the community and identify bike routes, which would first be shown on a map. Over time, bicycle routes would be designated with signs and pavement markings. An interconnected bicycle route network with formally designated east-west and north-south connectors is an integral component of our community's alternative transportation network.
The Transit Alternatives Study is analyzing the long-term possibilities for West Tennessee Street and connections into Downtown, such as bus-rapid transit, streetcar or fixed-rail systems. The City of Tallahassee transit provider, StarMetro, was recently awarded a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant of $400,000 to conduct this analysis, which is required if the City is to be eligible for federal “New Starts” funding for streetcar or other fixed route systems in the future.