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Mobility City of Laredo comprehensive plan

Overall Goal: Create a multimodal transportation network throughout Laredo that provides access to opportunity, improves public health, reduces carbon emissions, and provides civic recreational opportunities while efficiently moving pedestrians, cyclists, transit, motor vehicles, cargo, and freight.

Land Use and Transportation Coordination

Goal 4.1: Create a coordinated, efficient, and more affordable multimodal transportation system that supports, complements, and meets the needs of different types of places throughout the city. Land use patterns and connections among different land uses are key elements defining the form and character of places.

Policy 4.1.1: Transportation planning and development, expansion, and investment in transportation facilities should be coordinated with the growth in the region.

El Metro is currently working with the plans and objectives as set forth in the 2016 Transit Development Plan (5 year) as funded and approved by the MPO and adopted by City Council, pertaining to fleet replacement, modification of low performing routes, automated bus pass system, bus top improvements, one bus Wi-Fi, new transit services including cross town service, and neighborhood circulators.

COMPLETE STREETS

Goal 4.2: Laredo’s thoroughfares will form a well-connected network of complete streets that support driving, walking, bicycling, and public transit.

Policy 4.2.7: Continually update the city-wide plan that establishes priority locations for sidewalks, sidewalk repairs, and sidewalk improvements, prioritizing areas near schools, parks, transit stops, mixed residential and commercial districts, and other areas with high or potentially high levels of pedestrian activity.

Sidewalk Construction Within Inner City Neighborhoods Continues: The construction of sidewalks within inner city neighborhoods continues to be supported to improve walkability and ensure pedestrian safety. Constructed within the last, year were 36 blocks of sidewalks in the proximity of Alma Pierce Elementary School and Tilden and Eistetter Streets

STREET CONVERSIONS

Goal 4.3: The City will improve its thoroughfares over time as opportunities are found to increase transit service and improve connectivity, walkability, bikability, ad economic benefits to surrounding areas

Policy 4.3.3 The City will consider the use of roundabouts at intersections to calm traffic, increase safety, eliminate traffic lights, and create sites for public art and monuments on local and collector streets.

San Isidro Round About: Completed was the construction of the San Isidro Round About at the intersection of International Blvd and San Isidro Blvd at a cost of $264.128. The much needed traffic improvement has effectively reduced the number and severity of conflict points and helped to lower vehicle speeds in the area.

BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION

Goal 4.6: Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation – Enhance and connect the bike and pedestrian circulation system throughout Laredo.

Policy 4.6.1 Bicycle and pedestrian circulation, access, and safety should be enhanced, especially along corridors, downtown, in activity and employment centers, within densely-developed areas, at transit stations, and near schools, libraries, and parks.

As a means of promoting alternate, economical, and more environmentally friendly mode of transportation, the creation of bike lanes continues to be promoted. Bike lanes have now been implemented on Casa Verde Road, San Bernardo Avenue, Santa Maria Avenue, Convent Avenue, along Zacate Creek, the Father McNaboe Neighborhood, Spur 400, Loop 20, Country Club Drive, and San Eduardo Avenue.

Laredo Garners Honorable Mention as Bicycle Friendly Community: The League of American Bicyclists, in response to an application submitted by the City, received honorable mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community based on the City’s current initiatives.

El METRO’s Walk, Bike, Ride Program: In support of El Metro Transit’s Walk, Bike, Ride Initiative, 9 Bike & Ride Plazas have been constructed and additional bike racks have been installed at bus stops.

Policy 4.6.7: The City’s greenways and trails network should be treated as part of the City’s transportation network and connections should be planned for accordingly.

Greenways and trails are recognized a part of the City’s transportation network. Hike and Bike trails have been constructed along Chacon, Manadas and Zacate Creeks, Also, recently completed was the construction of a bike trail along a utility easement that runs parallel to Del Mar Blvd. and extends from Springfield Avenue to Eden Lane. Additionally, the design of a trail along the River Vega is currently under design.

AIR QUALITY

Goal 4.12: Improve the region’s air quality through more sustainable and energy-efficient transportation and land use practices

Policy 4.12.4: Implement intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to reduce congestion and facilitate cross-border travel.

  1. The City has contracted with Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc, to implement signal synchronization improvements along 7 corridors, including Mines Road from Flecha Lane to Pan American; Loop 20 from Shiloh to Sinatra Parkway; McPherson from Bustamante Ave. to Loop 20; Hwy 359 from EG Ranch to Dorel Drive; Business Interstate 35; Interstate Highway 35 frontage roads and Hwy 83 from Chihuahua/Guadalulpe to Riverhill Drive. The latter three remain pending completion.
  2. Staff through the MPO has developed a congestion management process and has realized funding through the Policy Committee for congestion management plan projects.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Goal 4.14: Make a Metro Transit Master Plan and turn it into the most used citywide transit system in Texas.

Policy 4.14.5: Bus shelters, seating, lighting, trash receptacles, and related elements should be provided at transit stop locations. New developments located within planned transit corridors should coordinate with El Metro Transit to provide bus stop facilities at appropriate locations.

Over 200 bus stop improvements including shelters, concrete boarding pads, benches, bike racks, solar lights, and waste receptacles have been installed and or completed.

GLOBAL TRADE & AIRPORT

Goal 4.16: The Laredo International Airport will increase its role as a welcoming gateway for passengers, as an intermodal hub for incoming and outgoing goods, and as a center for related economic activities that serve the city and the region.

Various media outlets and trade shows (newspaper, magazines, billboard, TV, etc.) are utilized to promote passenger air travel and air cargo trade both domestic and international.

In addition, City Management and Airport Management continue to meet with passenger commercial airlines to expand and establish new flight routes. Airlines approached include legacy carriers, low-cost carriers, and international airlines for flights to Mexico.

Air Cargo development continues to be a major component of air operations at Laredo International Airport. Operations increased 37% in 2017 over 2016 making LRD 5th in Texas for air cargo, surpassing El Paso and Austin, and. The Airport’s national ranking moved up by 11 slots to #42. In 2018, air cargo has increased by approximately 12%. The City of Laredo and Airport have been working with U.S. and Mexico Customs to expand the existing Dual Customs Pre-Inspection program at the airport. Improvements to program will result in expedited processing of international trade between U.S. and Mexico.