Woodward Avenue BRT and Complete Streets Plan
In anticipation of enhanced bus rapid transit service that is planned along Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit, LSL Planning first assisted a joint effort by the non-profit Woodward Avenue Action Association and five cities to prepare a TOD plan to complement desired “premier” transit service. This “pre-planning” process identified policies and land use and design changes toward a unified transit friendly vision for the corridor. LSL worked with each community to then adopt a joint plan.
LSL was next involved in the recent Woodward Avenue transit alternatives analysis. This project evaluated alternative modes and routing from Detroit to Pontiac (26 miles). We studied current and future transit generators, planned land uses, existing densities and other physical factors to help community leaders select a preferred alternative. Through extensive technical evaluation and a series of workshops, bus rapid transit was selected. LSL Planning the worked with a steering committee and officials from each community to endorse routing options and a cross section.
Concurrent with the transit analysis, LSL also was involved with public workshops on the separate Woodward Complete Streets project to outline ways to transform the right-of-way to be more supportive of transit, walking, and biking. LSL was also involved in more detailed design projects for Pontiac, Berkley, and Birmingham.