Maryland Parkway Alternatives Analysis
Maryland Parkway is an integral north-south corridor for the local community. Anchored by McCarran International Airport to the south and downtown Las Vegas to the north, the Corridor connects many high-activity centers, including University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the Boulevard Mall, Sunrise Hospital, and a number of commercial and retail areas. It’s also a high-traffic transit region, carrying more than 9,500 passengers per day via direct connections to four of the Valley’s busiest routes, and a new transit center at UNLV will only increase these numbers.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has long recognized that this Corridor has the potential to benefit from investment in transit infrastructure, which could include various enhancements not only to transit service but also to pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Redevelopment of the Corridor may incorporate Complete Streets design principles, which aim to improve access for all users while enabling transit to be a more viable transportation option.
ABOUT THE CORRIDOR
- The Maryland Parkway Corridor provides access to many of the valley’s significant activity centers: Downtown Las Vegas, Sunrise Hospital, Boulevard Mall, UNLV, and McCarran Airport. Together, these centers provide 35,000 jobs for valley residents.
- Most of Maryland Parkway between Charleston Boulevard and Russell Road has six traffic lanes.
- Vehicle volumes on Maryland Parkway range from 17,000 per day near Russell Road to 36,000 per day just north of Flamingo Road.
- The Maryland Parkway Corridor is a densely developed residential and commercial area with 55,000 residents and 81,000 jobs.
- On average, there are 8.1 people per acre in the corridor, 80 percent higher than the 4.5 people per acre for Las Vegas as a whole.
- The average employment density in the corridor is 11.9 jobs per acre, 495 percent higher than the 2.0 for Las Vegas as a whole.
- Forty-six percent of households in the corridor between Charleston Boulevard and Russell Road are low-income.
- Fifty-five percent of households are minorities.
- Twenty-five percent of households have no automobile.
- Transit service is provided on Maryland Parkway by Route 109.
- Route 109 operates every 15 minutes during weekday peak and midday hours.
- Route 109 has approximately 30 stops or one roughly every ¼ mile.
- Route 109 has approximately 9,000 boardings per day and has the highest north-south ridership in the RTC system outside of the Strip.
- Boarding and alighting on Route 109 is concentrated at its endpoints (Bonneville Transit Center and the South Strip Transfer Terminal) and at major intersections along Maryland Parkway where passengers transfer to/ from other bus routes.
- Over 60 percent of the ridership activity is at the top seven stops.
- Fifty percent of Route 109 stops have less than 55 boardings per day, and 25 percent of stops have less than 20 boardings per day.
- Route 109 buses spend approximately 20 percent of their time stopped at bus stops.
- During weekday afternoons, a typical Route 109 bus takes 31 minutes to travel between Charleston Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, averaging roughly 7.6 mph. In contrast, an automobile making the same midday trip takes 14 minutes, averaging 18 mph.
ABOUT THE STUDY
The purpose of making transportation investments in the Maryland Parkway Corridor is to provide a solution that addresses several transportation needs faced by travelers to, from and within the core corridor:
- Need to improve mobility and access on the corridor by providing inviting, reliable, safe and secure transit, biking and walking options;
- Need to overcome existing factors that constrain transit performance and suppress ridership;
- Need to support economic development and the region’s Complete Streets vision; and
- Need to improve mobility and access for environmental justice populations in the corridor and regionwide.
To address the transportation needs described above, RTC has identified a set of goals for its investments in the Maryland Parkway Corridor. These are listed below.
- Cost Effectively Provide Inviting, Reliable, Safe and Secure Alternatives to Driving
- Improve Transit Ridership, Travel Time and Reliability Over the Long-Term
- Implement Transportation Improvements on the Corridor, Supporting Economic Development and the Region’s Complete Streets Vision
- Meet the Goals While Preserving Automobile and Commercial Vehicle Access
Federal funding, including the FTA’s New Starts Program, could be a key source of financial support. Conducting an Alternatives Analysis is the first step in the process for development of a project to be funded under the federal New Starts or Small Starts programs. This process will provide a local forum for evaluating the costs, benefits, and impacts of a range of transportation alternatives designed to address mobility concerns and other locally-defined objectives in the corridor.
Past events have included public workshops in June 2013, May 2013 and November 2012 where community issues were identified and ideas developed to improve mobility and safety within the Maryland Parkway Corridor.
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- Telephone: 702-676-1891
- Fax: 702-676-1598
- Mail: RTC, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350, Las Vegas, NV 89106, Attention: Maryland Parkway Alternatives Analysis.