Send in Your Nominations for the Best Urban Street Transformation of 2017

On Albuquerque's Central Avenue, buses can now run in a center-running transitway with level boarding at stations. Photo: Michael Kodransky
On Albuquerque's Central Avenue, buses can now run in a center-running transitway with level boarding at stations. Photo: Michael Kodransky

For the fourth year running Streetsblog is honoring the transportation agencies that have transformed city streets from conveyor belts for cars into places that work for transit, biking, or walking. And the first step in our “Best Urban Street Transformation” competition is collecting nominations from readers.

Did your city complete a great project this year that carved out street space for bus riders or cyclists or pedestrians — or better yet, all three? Send in your nomination to angie at streetsblog dot org or leave a comment below.

Please include a short description of the project and what it accomplished, as well as links to helpful supporting information and photographs of the street before and after implementation. Entries are due by Tuesday, December 19.

We took the prerogative of nominating Albuquerque, New Mexico, for its bus rapid transit project on Central Avenue, the city’s main drag. The project will speed up bus service on Albuquerque’s busiest transit route, which also happens to be a section of historic Route 66. The new design includes center-running painted bus lanes, impressive new bus shelters with level boarding in the median, and 16 miles of rebuilt or enhanced sidewalks. The design is rated higher than any other BRT layout in America, with full service slated to kick off in March.

After we collect the nominations and narrow the field down to a set of finalists, we’ll put the competition up for a vote. Readers will decide the winner, and we’ll post the results before the new year.

  • TorontoisRoy

    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and city’s King Street Pilot has been a great success and has taken back this major downtown artery for streetcars, cyclists, and pedestrians. The 504 King streetcar is the busiest surface route, with over 55,000 passengers per weekday (before the pilot). This number should jump due to the pilot, which effectively makes the line a surface subway for only a few million.

  • Trey

    East Rosedale Street in Fort Worth:

    The street has maintained its “Main Street feel” with a tightly spaced street grid and neighboring parks close by. The improvements on Rosedale include wider sidewalks at intersections to narrow pedestrian crossing distance, new street trees, pedestrian lights, and other street furnishing. An additional traffic signal was added at Wesleyan Street with pedestrian controlled crossing devices.

    This street reconfiguration helps slow down traffic and encourage walking/biking near Texas Wesleyan University, which is situated along Rosedale.

    Here’s a link to a project map: http://www.nctcog.org/trans/sustdev/landuse/examples/2009/documents/FortWorth_PolyTWU.pdf

    https://www.google.com/maps/@32.730694,-97.2792912,3a,75y,55.96h,81.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sqaRqYEc3y02BqbPf7bbiDw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    You can also see the improvements from Google Street View….new sidewalks and bus shelters. The project wrapped up a few months ago.

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