The City of Smyrna desired greater coordination of transportation and land use by transforming many neighborhoods from places people simply pass through to places in which they both live and work. In putting together an area-wide framework, the City needed to consider its desired development, and develop transit and other local transportation improvements that supported that type of development. Where transit investment is included in this transportation framework, accommodations for transit facilities need to be identified up front. To assist the City in preparing for the next phase of its development to promote non-vehicular circulation and mobility, Croy performed a Connectivity Study.
Study efforts involved the following:
- Compilation of previous transportation improvements recommended in prior studies, including the Smyrna Town Center LCI Study.
- Identifying community trip attractors, such as the central library, City Hall, parks, and retail centers.
- Once defining the activity centers and planned improvements, the existing infrastructure was overlayed to identify deficiencies in the system.
- Specific projects were identified to address the deficiencies, as well as to provide the infrastructure in underserved areas. Graphics, in conjunction with the other supporting documentation, were prepared to depict how these new projects would create a network of interconnected facilities.
- Developed the concept for a circulator system that could link the various areas of the City to satisfy local trip desires. Under the routing system most areas of Smyrna were connected to any other area with a single transfer between the routes.