VTA - Pedestrian Technical Guidelines

Santa Clara Valley, California

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Lead Consultant

2002 - 2003

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) selected CD+A to develop pedestrian technical guidelines for Santa Clara County. The guidelines complement VTA's Manual of Best Practices for Integrating Transportation and Land Use that addresses the multi-faceted relationship between transportation and land use. The VTA Pedestrian Technical Guidelines steer and support the capabilities of local governments, citizen groups, and the real estate development industry to address pedestrian concerns in the design of streets, sidewalks, buildings, and open space.

The VTA document builds on CD+A's experience in providing guidelines for the promotion of walking as a transportation mode established by the development of Pedestrian-oriented Design (PeD) Guidelines for the Phoenix Region in Arizona intended to support the creation of pedestrian-oriented environments within existing and developing districts along future transit corridors.

The VTA guidelines were developed to address four guiding concepts: give pedestrians more comfortable and interesting walking space; protect pedestrians from traffic; create great outdoor spaces; and shorten walking distances. Within each of these concepts, the guidelines focus on five major categories: the integration of the "pedestrian realm" into a truly multi-use right-of-way; design of effective and safe intersections and street crossings; detail design of the pedestrian realm both within, and separate from, the roadway network; pedestrian access to transit facilities; and site and building design including parking lot and open space design. The VTA guidelines particularly expand on issues related to the integration of transit (light rail, BRT, and standard bus service) into a seamless pedestrian-supportive environment. The guidelines are also compliant with the most up-to-date ADA regulations.

The VTA guidelines were developed through an intensive process of work with an advisory committee including: elected-officials, city transportation staff, and pedestrian advocates from the region. In addition, VTA technical design staff from the Transit Division was involved in developing the guidelines for improved pedestrian access to transit.