Bear Creek Parkway Extension
The Bear Creek Parkway Extension is a significant component of the vision for Downtown Redmond. Features such as on-street parking, 14-foot-wide sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian-scale lighting, and a pedestrian plaza create an environment that not only supports but encourages pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit.
The Bear Creek Parkway Extension provides an additional street connection through Downtown Redmond. The project also improves transit connections and allows for better access to the open space in the downtown area. Redmond Way and Cleveland Street will better serve more uses, including transit, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. Stronger connections will also support the economic vitality of Downtown Redmond.
NE 36th Street Bridge
The bridge will help to alleviate congestion currently experienced on both SR 520 interchanges at 148th Avenue NE and NE 40th Street. Additionally, by not having to take the current longer route through these interchanges to get from one side of SR 520 to the other, there will be a significant reduction in number of vehicle miles traveled per year for the entire Overlake area.
With future development of the Overlake area, which includes a mix of high-density housing, retail, and commercial space, the need for this alternate crossing becomes increasingly critical. The bridge includes pedestrian access and bike connections across the SR 520 freeway and to the SR 520 Bike Trail.
R-TRIP (Redmond Trip Resource & Incentives Program)
R-TRIP provides financial and staff assistance to Redmond businesses to implement or enhance existing commute trip reduction programs for employees at their Redmond work sites. Such programs are considered by many transportation professionals to be a very effective means of improving the efficiency of the transportation system. Employers can select from a menu of transportation demand management products or submit their own innovative programs for review and funding. R-TRIP enables every business contributing to the business tax to receive a direct benefit.
The second phase of R-TRIP has allowed R-TRIP's alternative commute benefits programs to be extended, as well as for a comprehensive, one-stop shopping website at www.GOrtrip.com to be implemented. Since the launch of the new website in May 2008, over 16,000 employees, representing nearly 260 Redmond employers, have signed on to dynamically track their alternative mode use, resulting in 1.3 million fewer vehicle round trips.
Increased transit service is a key component of Redmond's Transportation Master Plan. The business tax contributes $860,288 toward the $6.4 Transit Now Service Partnerships with King County, Microsoft, and the Cities of Issaquah and Sammamish that will provide the community with additional transit service on Route 269 (Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond) and Route 244(Kenmore, Kirkland, and Redmond via Willows Road).
R.I.T.S. (Redmond Intelligent Traffic System)
Intelligent transportation systems are springing up all over the world. They are considered by many transportation professionals to be a viable way of increasing capacity and managing traffic congestion without building more roads. Rather than altering the infrastructure, revolutionary wireless communication and electronic technologies are put to work to improve the efficiency of existing transportation systems. Systems like RITS can reduce peak period travel times from 5 to 10 percent, lower fuel consumption up to 13 percent, assist emergency response, and increase efficiency for transit.
RITS is a $6 million project that will be completed in several phases. Phase I is in Overlake; Phase II is on Redmond Way and NE 85th Street in downtown Redmond; Phase III will interconnect signals from Phase I and Phase II by way of West Lake Sammamish Parkway; Phase IV is on Avondale Road from Avondale Way to NE 104 Street; Phase V will complete the citywide intelligent transportation system in winter 2009.
LEAP (Localized Efficiency Action Program)
When the Business Tax Transportation Improvements (BTTI) Committee first began to review potential transportation system improvements, it became apparent that there were many small projects worth considering; projects that were either too large for City maintenance crews to handle or too small to be considered capital improvement projects. In response, the Localized Efficiency Action Program (LEAP) was created and the BTTI Committee initially dedicated $1 million of business tax revenue to identify, design, and build small improvement projects to optimize the existing transportation infrastructure, such as signage, pedestrian and bike improvements, and traffic signals.
LEAP projects encompass everything from retiming a traffic signal to constructing a missing piece of sidewalk.