In 2014, LEA was retained by the Town of Richmond Hill to provide a comprehensive Transportation and Parking Study for Downtown Richmond Hill, in support of the Downtown Local Centre Secondary Plan. This project was initiated to provide transportation direction towards the future development of a mixed-use commercial/residential downtown, serviced primarily by the use of active and public transportation.
An Update on the Report
Based on existing conditions and growth projections, LEA forecasted traffic volumes, parking requirements, and intersection operations towards 2031. These projections were used to evaluate the roadway and intersection needs, and parking requirements, to create and evaluate alternative approaches for the implementation of the sustainable downtown vision.
On February 22, 2017, the Richmond Hill committee held a meeting and considered a final report recommending council to endorse the Downtown Transportation and Parking Study that was completed by LEA Consulting Ltd.
The preferred transportation network alternatives, and associated recommendations, were chosen based on specific characteristics as follows:
- A rewarding pedestrian realm,
- Appropriate cycling facility design,
- Favourable with the Viva Rapid Transit service and targeted 50% transit modal split
- Efficient vehicular circulation, and
- An effective parking management strategy.