Last night’s Preston Center Task Force meeting laid bare their purpose — development. It’s funny how way back when, this body was begun to study traffic and parking in the Preston Center area and yet, as we’ll see, these critical concerns from neighbors have been kinda pushed into the back seat by development.
Back in February 2015, I outlined the need for a Zone Zero that would concentrate on developing the overarching calculations for what’s possible given the current infrastructure. How could existing roads best be optimized? What traffic patterns need to emerge? Once you’d optimized raw traffic flows, then you could measure impacts of development and resulting capacity increases against that baseline. Roadway optimization is something that must be done before development impacts are assessed.
Last night, near the end of the meeting we saw one slide outlining the three-stage project TXDoT and NCTCOG will be embarking on IN THE FUTURE to address the optimization of traffic flow (here’s my plan from July 2015) and the central parking garage. Their work will be barely begun as the Preston Center Task Force draws its last breath in June. The Task Force was invited to be a part of that new project but several members responded that this “was beyond their scope of work.”