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    East Carolina University Comprehensive Master Plan

    Transportation Element Existing Conditions Analysis Draft Report

    October 22, 2009

    Prepared by:

    Martin, Alexiou, Bryson 4000 Westchase Blvd, Suite 530 Raleigh, NC 27607

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    Contents

    1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .......................................................................................... 5

    1.1 Overview .................................................................................................................................... 51.2 Key Issues .................................................................................................................................. 51.3 Administration ........................................................................................................................... 61.4 Continuous Improvement Program ....................................................................................... 6

    1.4.1 Data Collection ................................................................................................................... 61.4.2 Benchmarking and Metrics ............................................................................................... 71.4.3 Annual Customer Survey and Complaint Databases .................................................... 71.4.4 Annual Report and Five Year Improvement Plan ........................................................ 71.4.5 Communications Program ................................................................................................ 7

    1.5 Sustainability and Efficiency .................................................................................................... 81.5.1 Parking ................................................................................................................................. 81.5.2 Transit .................................................................................................................................. 9

    2 INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 13

    2.1 City of Greenville Location ................................................................................................... 132.2 East Carolina University Location........................................................................................ 13

    3 PREVIOUS PLANS, STUDIES, AND ASSESSMENTS ......................................... 14

    3.1 Introduction ............................................................................................................................. 143.2 Development Opportunities/Constraints Adjacent to Campus ..................................... 17

    3.2.1 Tar River / University Neighborhood Association (TRUNA) ................................. 173.2.2 City of Greenville Financial Services - Parking Department ..................................... 173.2.3 Center City West Greenville Revitalization Plan (2006) ......................................... 183.2.4 City of Greenville Uptown Parking Study Update (2004) ......................................... 183.2.5 City of Greenville Comprehensive Plan Update (2004) ............................................. 19

    4 EXISTING CONDITIONS ...................................................................................... 20

    4.1 Peak Class Times and Impact on Transportation .............................................................. 204.2 Vehicular Mode ....................................................................................................................... 21

    4.2.1 Roadway Operations and Functionality ........................................................................ 214.2.2 Existing Traffic Count Data ........................................................................................... 244.2.3 Planned Road Improvements ......................................................................................... 28

    4.3 Parking System ........................................................................................................................ 304.3.1 Existing Parking Zone System ....................................................................................... 304.3.2 Parking Supply .................................................................................................................. 314.3.3 Parking Demand............................................................................................................... 334.3.4 Permit Oversell Ratios ..................................................................................................... 344.3.5 Permit Pricing and Revenue ........................................................................................... 354.3.6 Parking Citations .............................................................................................................. 374.3.7 Peer Benchmarking .......................................................................................................... 38

    4.4 Transit Mode ........................................................................................................................... 464.4.1 Role of Transit and Key Differences from Other Campuses ................................... 464.4.2 Background and Organization ....................................................................................... 464.4.3 Routes and Hours of Operation .................................................................................... 46

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    4.4.4 Growth In Service Levels ............................................................................................... 474.4.5 Ridership............................................................................................................................ 494.4.6 Funding .............................................................................................................................. 504.4.7 Recent reviews of transit system .................................................................................... 514.4.8 Issues For Future Planning Efforts ............................................................................... 544.4.9 Implications with Parking System ................................................................................. 554.4.10 Proposed Intermodal Transportation Center .............................................................. 56

    4.5 Pedestrian and Bicycle Mode ................................................................................................ 584.5.1 Pedestrian Flow to Main Campus .................................................................................. 584.5.2 Safety Issues Vehicular and Pedestrian ...................................................................... 584.5.3 Pedestrian and Bicycle Collisions .................................................................................. 594.5.4 Pedestrian Deficiencies ................................................................................................... 604.5.5 City of Greenville Greenway Master Plan .................................................................... 61

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    Figures Figure 4.1 Campus Access Priority Hierarchy .............................................................................. 20Figure 4.2 2006 NCDOT Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) Counts Map .................... 26Figure 4.3 2006 Traffic Density ...................................................................................................... 27Figure 4.4 2025 Thoroughfare Plan (Selected Detail) ................................................................. 29Figure 4.5 Parking Citations (2005-9) ............................................................................................ 37Figure 4.6 Parking Spaces per Person Ratio ................................................................................. 39Figure 4.7 Faculty/Staff Parking Permit Price Comparison ...................................................... 42Figure 4.8 Commuting Student Permit Price Comparison ........................................................ 43Figure 4.9 Resident Student Permit Price Comparison .............................................................. 44Figure 4.10 Visitor Permit Price Comparison ................................................................................ 45Figure 4.11 Hours of Operation, by Type of Hour (2002-2003 through 2008-2009) .............. 47Figure 4.12 Hours of Operation, by Type of Service (2002-2003 through 2008-2009) ........... 48Figure 4.13 Summary of ECUSTA Funding, Service and Ridership (2008-2009) .................... 51Figure 4.14 Proposed Intermodal Transportation Center ............................................................ 58Figure 4.15 Reported Pedestrian and Bicycle Collisions (2006 through 2009) .......................... 60Figure 4.16 2004 Greenway Master Plan......................................................................................... 62Figure 4.17 South Tar River Greenway ........................................................................................... 63 Tables Table 3.1 Key Recommendations from Previous Plans, Studies and Assessments .............. 14T

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