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Downtown Transportation Dispersal Plan

In 2015, the City of Moncton began construction on a new downtown event centre (“Centre”) and in response to the anticipated transportation demand the City initiated the development of a Transportation Dispersal Plan (TDP). The approach for the TDP is to focus on maximizing the use of sustainable modes and existing surface lots to accommodate event attendees, to inspire Monctonians to embrace travel behaviour change and to support the mobility needs of the new Centre. 

Moncton is also in the midst of a downtown revitalization program that is compatible with and will further build on a dispersed parking model for the Centre. Downtown Moncton and surrounding businesses will benefit as the TDP will encourage people to pass a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, nightclubs, and other social gathering places on their way to or from events taking place at the Centre. The increased activity that the Centre will attract is expected to bring economic benefits to the private sector in Moncton. The private sector’s contribution to a strong “event day experience” could also support the broader goals of this Plan, to reduce the peak hour travel that may occur, by attracting spectators to restaurants, hotels and other businesses before and after events.

Plan Highlights

FACT #1: There are over 8,675 parking (combined public/private) spaces in Downtown #Moncton. Of this number, approximately 4,000 will likely be made available to the public during evening events at the Events Centre. Discussions with private lot owners are ongoing, and details on available parking for event-goers will be shared in 2018. 

FACT #2: The walk from City Hall to the Events Centre was timed at an average of 10 minutes. This exercise was done on several occasions, including with members of the City’s Accessibility Committee

FACT #3: There are 1,800 parking spaces at the Moncton Coliseum (350m radius). From the furthest point of the lot, or from one of the side streets in that neighbourhood, an event-goer would walk, on average, 5-7 minutes. In downtown, when combining public and private lots, as well as meters, there would be an estimated 980 parking spaces at 6 minutes’ walk, then a total of 2895 spaces at 10 minutes or less.

FACT #4: To make sure a solid plan was developed, many stakeholders were consulted, including: downtown business owners, private parking lot owners, LaBikery members, Wildcats spectators, taxi operators, City Committees (Accessibility, Youth and Seniors), and bus service operators. Some actions have already been taken, thanks to their great feedback.

FACT #5: A healthy and vibrant downtown means a healthy community overall. The more foot traffic in downtown, and the better utilized and developed this neighbourhood is, the better the City can deliver services to all citizens, thanks to increased property values and property tax revenues. Studies have consistently shown this to be true across North America. The site on which the Events Centre is being built will help revitalize downtown, and the Transportation Dispersal Plan aims to make visiting this neighbourhood as easy as possible.

FACT #6: Active Transportation and sustainability are key components of the plan, so priority has been given to greener, healthier and more economical modes of transportation. This approach ties into Destination2040 – the Regional Sustainable Transportation Master Plan adopted in 2015. On the image, you’ll find that a designated spot has been assigned to accommodate the various modes of transportation, to help increase safety for pedestrians, and facilitate traffic flow. 

FACT #7: For a sold-out event, it is estimated that 3,450 parking spots would be required, assuming there is an average of 2-3 people per vehicle. Current parking supply in downtown, estimated at 4,000 spaces (combined public/private lots and parking meters). 

FACT #8: To facilitate travel to and within the downtown core, over 50 recommendations have been made, split into 17 categories. Some are very easy to implement at low-cost, while others may require further research or service expansions. Some may not even be needed until a few years from now. The plan is a ‘roadmap’; components can be adapted as needed to best serve our community.

FACT #9: Moncton is not unique it its dispersed parking model approach to revitalize its downtown. This approach has been very successful in many cities across North America. But Downtown #Moncton has already proven itself capable of handling very large events, such as the Santa Claus Parade, where 100,000 people gather in our downtown. 

FACT #10: A central point of online information will be published in early 2018, and clear signage will be installed throughout the city, particularly in the downtown core, to help event-goers plan their visit to the Events Centre. 

 

TDP Map - Carte PTR

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