Alliance’s goal for the Thoroughfare Plan project was to assist the City of Killeen with laying out a vision for a transportation system that would properly and safely serve their growth. Focused on creating a safer, more efficient transportation system, we developed a detailed plan to integrate the transportation system with land use and development patterns. We involved a number of stakeholders in the process, including developers, critical city services such as public safety, and the Killeen community.
Engaging and empowering the community was a crucial step in our process. We held a number of public meetings, to gather feedback and to encourage members of the community to talk about their particular issues. We demonstrated to the community participants why each project was being proposed, an important factor in achieving a community vision.
Alliance used a method proven effective to building consensus; our approach to community involvement encouraged a dialogue of ideas, redirecting the discussion from any potential positional debates. We successfully opened up a community dialogue that was not necessarily focused on our solutions but rather encouraged citizens to communicate their values and concerns to decision makers and elected officials.
The Thoroughfare Plan was an innovative part of an overall transportation system that operates within a community vision for mobility, economic vitality, and quality of life. We considered all stakeholders involved, including the transit rider who is dependent on the transit system but who is challenged with being able to access a bus stop, as well as the first responder who is hampered by traffic conditions when responding to an emergency.
The resulting Thoroughfare Plan is being used to help guide development and implementation of a balanced, multimodal transportation infrastructure that can best serve the needs of the community as the city continues to develop and grow. We provided the City of Killeen with a tool box of resources that they are able to use on their own going forward, to continue to grow and update their plan.
The project included developing performance measures, as well as evaluation and analysis of existing transportation conditions. We incorporated travel demand modeling to identify future transportation issues and analyze solutions, in addition to the work with a steering committee, local area stakeholders, and the public, to shape a vision for the future transportation system.
Prioritizing the project list to accomplish important goals and address crucial issues, Alliance provided the City of Killeen with a number of completed products:
- Thoroughfare Map and Plan Document
- Set of typical design cross sections by functional class
- Program of proposed projects for inclusion in the City of Killeen Capital Improvement Program.
The data products and plan documents were also used as input to City feasibility studies on road utility fee and impact fee development proposals.