Concerns and Questions Related to Gridlock and Parking

  • 04/05/2018 5:48 PM
    Message # 6031117

    The West End (“OTR”} Stadium has been the preference of wealthy power brokers and corporations -- CBC/3CDC, MLS, FCC investors, OTR investors, as well as the mayor!  Neighborhoods (especially those without any adopted plan or goals) are relatively irrelevant players in this money and influence game.

    However, there appears to be additional reasons (e.g. gridlock and parking) that prevent consideration of Oakley as a Stadium site: 

    Traffic and parking based on FCC's option of a 28,000-seat facility and 2.23 persons/vehicle would require more than 12,000 parking spaces and their proposed publicly funded garage has only 1000 spaces!

    Concerns:

    The “Oakley FC Cincinnati Development Updated Preliminary Traffic Evaluation” concludes that:

    •  “…the roadway improvements recommended [in this study are only] to accommodate Existing Conditions (does not include development of the remainder of Oakley Station or the Oakley FC Cincinnati Stadium).”

    • traffic generated by the FC Cincinnati Stadium during the 6:30 - 7:30 PM entering peak and the 9:30 – 10:30 PM exiting peak periods were not analyzed for traffic capacity operational considerations.”

    • Instead, “special event traffic control plans will be the method used to manage traffic operations.” 

    So, no one yet knows, or is willing to disclose, if Oakley’s streets will be totally congested and gridlocked before and after FCC games.  And, FCC has provided no analysis or conclusions for neighborhood review related to the impact of full development of FCC stadium and adjacent sites on Oakley’s streets and critical intersections.

    Questions:

    1.     WHY are we having a neighborhood meeting to review concerns about gridlock when no study has been completed (or designed) to evaluate the potential gridlock in Oakley and adjacent neighborhoods?

    2.     WHEN will FCC complete and release a study related to potential gridlock – i.e., evaluation of full development of the FCC stadium and adjacent sites and impact on streets and critical intersections in Oakley and adjacent neighborhoods as well as related Level of Service (LOS) capacity analysis?

    3.     WHAT is included in the TMP that is designed to eliminate gridlock on streets in Oakley and adjacent neighborhoods?

    4.     What data and analysis proves that the Edwards Connector will NOT be needed for initial or full development of the FCC stadium and adjacent sites?

    Concerns:
    • Average vehicle occupancy at the Sacramento Republic FC stadium in 2016 was 2.23 persons per vehicle.

    • The report states that “The trip generation for the Oakley FC Cincinnati Stadium was based on a 21,000-seat facility with a 3.3 persons/vehicle”
    o   Requiring 6,364 parking spaces (based on 3.3 persons/vehicle)
    o   Requiring 9,417 parking spaces (based on 2.23 persons/vehicle)
    • FCC has stated publicly that they will evaluate traffic and parking based on their option of a 28,000-seat facility
    o   Requiring 8,485 parking spaces (based on 3.3 persons/vehicle)
    o   Requiring 12,556 parking spaces (based on 2.23 persons/vehicle)
    • FCC is only proposing a parking garage for 1,000 spaces.
    o   Requiring surface parking for 8,000 to 12,000 vehicles.

    Questions

    1.     Why was the study based on an assumption of 3.3 persons/vehicle?

    2.     Why was the study based on an assumption of a 21,000-seat facility when a 28,000-seat facility is an FCC option?

    3.     What percentage of the 8000 to 12,000 vehicles will park on Oakley residential streets?

    4.     What commercial parking lots will be providing off-site parking for FCC?

    5.     What commercial parking lots are not willing to provide off-site parking for FCC, but will likely be impacted by (used for) FCC parking?
    Last modified: 04/06/2018 10:20 AM | Ron Miller
  • 04/06/2018 3:24 PM
    Reply # 6051003 on 6031117

    When I read the preliminary traffic evaluation shared with attendees at the OCC first Tuesday mtg in April, I had the same questions as Ron delineated here.  I “second” every one of Ron’s points.

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