raleigh union station - west street extension presentation

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This presentation was to made for the passenger rail task force. They are researching options for the extension for Raleigh City Council.

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Raleigh Union StationNorth-South Connection Proposal : 

Raleigh Union StationNorth-South Connection Proposal

Section 1 HistoryandCurrent Development Trends : 

Section 1 HistoryandCurrent Development Trends

The Fourth Ward : 

The Fourth Ward Extended from the edge of Boylan Heights to Fayetteville Street

Rosengarten Park : 

Rosengarten Park Is the last intact neighborhood remaining from Raleigh’s Fourth Ward

Rosengarten Park : 

Rosengarten Park Is Experiencing a Resurgence

Rosengarten Park : 

Rosengarten Park Is Experiencing a Resurgence

Section 2Distortions in the North-South Connection Study : 

Section 2Distortions in the North-South Connection Study

Cost Distortions : 

Cost Distortions The true expense of the “preferred” West to Saunders connection is masked in the study

Costs to Buy Right of Way Excluded : 

Costs to Buy Right of Way Excluded Section 2: Cost Distortions Impacts more then 6 acres of prime downtown real estate the PSNC property alone likely to cost more then 5 Million Dollars the purchase of 14 or more houses is likely to total at least another 3 million making the ROW cost for these options at least 8 Million Dollars The West to Saunders Street “Preferred Option”

Cost of PSNC Cleanup Excluded : 

Cost of PSNC Cleanup Excluded Section 2: Cost Distortions The PSNC site no costs for removing this contamination no plan on how to protect the creek and neighbors during the process no considerations of the delays this may cause in construction Is known to be contaminated and spans an underground creek, upstream from Rosengarten Park The Study Includes “The project area is surrounded by several contaminated/remedial sites….it is advisable for the city to be fully aware of these constraints, as they could affect the schedule of any proposed construction” page 12 of study

Cost of a New Stream Culvert on the PSNC Site Excluded : 

Cost of a New Stream Culvert on the PSNC Site Excluded Section 2: Cost Distortions

Cost of Greater-Than-Standard Horizontal Clearance Standards Excluded : 

Cost of Greater-Than-Standard Horizontal Clearance Standards Excluded Section 2: Cost Distortions

Design Criteria Distortions : 

Design Criteria Distortions Arbitrary design criteria has made several viable options appear unworkable

Requirement that the minor intersection of West & Martin cannot be “blocked” : 

Requirement that the minor intersection of West & Martin cannot be “blocked” Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions THIS “BLOCKAGE” IS USED TO ELIMINATE THE L1 UNDER OPTION L1 Under Option

Requirement that the minor intersection of West & Martin cannot be “blocked” : 

Requirement that the minor intersection of West & Martin cannot be “blocked” Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions THIS INTERSECTION ONLY ACCESSES THIS TINY DEAD END

Requirement that the minor intersection of West & Martin cannot be “blocked” : 

Requirement that the minor intersection of West & Martin cannot be “blocked” Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions THIS IS THE ONLY ENTRANCE ON THE STREET

“Other alternatives…are not viable due to unworkable touchdown points” : 

“Other alternatives…are not viable due to unworkable touchdown points”

Requirement that the existing grade of connecting intersections cannot be altered : 

Requirement that the existing grade of connecting intersections cannot be altered Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions Martin & West Cabarrus & West

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option : 

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions Study Grade Existing Grade

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option : 

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions Martin approach grade appears too steep Cabarrus approach grade appears too steep

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option : 

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions Slight adjustments to intersection elevations solve the problem Less then 6’ adjustment shown

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option : 

Example of DistortionL1-Under Option Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions New grade can meet tolerances

Can the intersections be lowered? YES : 

Can the intersections be lowered? YES Section 2: Design Criteria Distortions Martin Street West St Harrington St

Comparison : 

Comparison “Preferred Option” (Saunders tunnel) VS “Best Option” (West St bridge over Cabarrus)

Creates uncertainty and disrupts existing development patterns : 

Creates uncertainty and disrupts existing development patterns The “Preferred option” would disrupt current development and hinder future development for years until the road is finally designed, funded, and built.    No investment will take place in this entire area while the uncertainty of the road exists   What if it takes a decade before the road is built? Where are we? “Preferred Option” (Saunders tunnel)

Supports existing commercial areasProtects existing and future residential areas : 

Supports existing commercial areasProtects existing and future residential areas Where are we? “Best Option” (West St. Bridge)

Uninspiring Entrance to Our City : 

Uninspiring Entrance to Our City Problem: Going under the railroad tracks would create a poor entrance to the city. The entrance is hidden, the view of Raleigh is hidden. “Preferred Option” (Saunders tunnel)

Inspiring Entrance to Our City : 

Inspiring Entrance to Our City Solution: Create a landmark bridge over the W. Cabarrus and the tracks at West Street “Best Option” (West St. Bridge)

Dangerous for Pedestrians : 

Dangerous for Pedestrians Problem: Underground passages are dangerous for pedestrians. They are a haven for crime, a dangerous place for the homeless to sleep, a place for graffiti and outdoor defecation. “Preferred Option” (Saunders tunnel)

Safer for Pedestrians : 

Safer for Pedestrians Solution: Bridges allow the pedestrian to see and be seen. They are more attractive, easier to locate, less prone to vandalism, and a lot safer. “Best Option” (West St. Bridge)

No View of Raleigh : 

No View of Raleigh Problem: An underground entrance to the Union Station robs the person coming to Raleigh of a chance to see our city at its best. “Preferred Option” (Saunders tunnel)

Fantastic View of Raleigh! : 

Fantastic View of Raleigh! Solution: As visitors crest the top of the bridge over Cabarrus Street, they will be greeted by a panoramic view of our city. “Best Option” (West St. Bridge)

Prone to Flooding : 

Prone to Flooding Problem: According to the HDR study, the depth of the underpass required to go beneath the railroad tracks would make the underpass the lowest point in the broad valley spanning between downtown and Boylan Avenue. Flooding is inevitable. Where are we? “Preferred Option” (Saunders tunnel)

High and Dry : 

High and Dry Solution: Keep pedestrians and cars dry by creating a stunning bridge over Cabarrus Street and the tracks Where are we? “Best Option” (West St. Bridge)

Case Study : 

Case Study A very similar and successful project in Charlottesville VA shows how a bridge and ramp can integrate with existing buildings and streetscapes

Case Study: Main Street Charlottesville VA : 

Case Study: Main Street Charlottesville VA Raised bridge over railroad tracks Retail adjacent to the ramp This is an excellent example of a bridge ramp working with adjacent commercial space

Case Study: Main Street Charlottesville VA : 

The commercial spaces work seamlessly along the bridge ramp Case Study: Main Street Charlottesville VA

The same kind on vehicular and pedestrian ramp could be constructed here : 

The same kind on vehicular and pedestrian ramp could be constructed here Where are we? Case Study: Main Street Charlottesville VA

Conclusions : 

Conclusions Rosengarten Park Should be Preserved It is a historically significant neighborhood, a recognizable Raleigh landmark, and is exactly the kind of higher density, walkable residential area the RUS plan calls for. The Study Should be Corrected to Fix Cost Distortions The current study acknowledges all the following costs were specifically excluded, masking the true costs of the “preferred option” and making it appear much less expensive then it actually will be. (see cost estimate disclaimer on last page in study) The costs of ROW purchases (8 Million +), The cost of environmental issues on the PSNC site and the potential clean up liabilities down stream The cost of redirecting the underground stream through a new culvert The upfront & ongoing costs of specialized pumps needed to prevent flooding (under water table tunnel) The costs of the greater-than-standard horizontal clearance of the under railroad tunnel The Study Should be Corrected to Fix Design Criteria Distortions The present study assumes that the grades and intersection points of the existing roads cannot be altered. This false assumption makes several alternatives appear impractical, while in fact they are simpler and cheaper then the “preferred option” (see primary constraints, page 8, par 2 of study) The West St Extension Study Should Consider Other Alternatives These include a study to determine the necessity of the connection itself, the option of running a the road through the steel warehouses between Cabarrus and Lenoir rather then demolishing Rosengarten Park, and the option to consider alternate street sections that might allow the West to West street connection to be constructed without ANY Right or Way purchases.

Conclusions : 

Conclusions Of the options presented in the study… the “Preferred Option” is the most expensive most complex Disruptive to development and least attractive of all the options Saunders Street Tunnel the “Best Option” is less expensive less complex supports development and could be a very attractive addition to Raleigh West St Bridge

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