Cary Community Plan 2-23-17 Part 2

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 132 of 200

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES Integration of Land Use and Transportation Transporta on networks and surrounding land uses are o en viewed as independent systems; however, both are very much intertwined, and changes to one will influence the other. Transporta on infrastructure, services, and policies can determine development pa erns, while demand created by businesses and homes create need for streets, sidewalks, transit services, and bike facili es. For example, businesses may locate along major streets and transit lines to increase visibility to customers and accessibility for employees. And, new transporta on infrastructure or transit services can lead to accompanying changes in land use such as the development of homes or businesses. Similarly, land use and development pa erns influence new transporta on infrastructure. Major commercial developments and trip-genera ng des na ons may require expanded streets, new transit services, connected bike facili es, or addi onal sidewalks to be er serve the people traveling to those loca ons. As development and redevelopment occurs throughout Cary, it is important to con nually reevaluate the transporta on network and services to ensure the system func ons and provides adequate access to the loca ons that people desire to go to. 213 Proper coordina on between transporta on and land use is increasingly important as the popula on of Cary con nues to grow. Cary's popula on tripled between 1990 and 2010, increasing from 43,858 in 1990 to 125,234 in 2010. This growth trend is expected to con nue through 2040, albeit at a slower rate, with an expected popula on of 193,000 residents in 2040. New growth will have posi ve impacts on many aspects of the community, but also places pressure on the transporta on infrastructure to con nue to func on effec vely and efficiently with the addi onal users. Growing Population Changing Trip Purpose Planners and professionals o en focus on work trips because they are regular and occur at mes of peak demand for transporta on infrastructure. In recent decades, however, the importance of work trips has declined as other trip types have increased at a faster rate than work trips. Now, trips like shopping, dining out, taking the kids to school, and visi ng friends make up a larger share of total trips. For Cary, this means more demand throughout the day, not just during the morning and evening commute mes. Shi ing trip purpose can also mean transit service is more complicated, leading to the need for more connec ons between des na ons and increased frequency of service in tradi onally off-peak hours. Cary's popula on tripled between 1990 and 2010. Work trips (red) have grown at a slower rate than other trips (leisure in blue and shopping/errands in yellow). Source: McGuckin's analysis of NHTS data series.

Articles in this issue

view archives of TOC - Cary Community Plan 2-23-17 Part 2