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Latest News - (Updated May 3, 2012)
City Council Approves Modifications to Enhance Transit Access at the Naperville Metra Station
On April 17, 2012, the Naperville City Council accepted the Naperville Metra Station Bus Depot and Commuter Access Feasibility Study Technical Memorandum (PDF) and directed staff to incorporate the following improvements into the FY14-18 Capital Improvement Program (CIP):
- Modifications to the Eastern Burlington Lot on the north side of the train tracks;
- Modifications to the south side of the train tracks; and
- Conversion of North Avenue (currently one-way westbound) to two-way traffic between Washington Street and Ellsworth Street.
These improvements will enhance transit access to the train station; reduce conflicts between travel modes (e.g., buses, vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians); and minimize bus travel and queues on residential streets.
The City Council identified the Parkview Lot as a potential location for a bus depot, subject to further review prior to implementation. Potential implementation of a bus depot on the Parkview Lot will be evaluted in the future should circumstances such as transit demand, redevelopment opportunities or congestion issues warrant construction of a bus depot.
Click here for more information on the Naperville Metra Station Bus Depot and Commuter Access Feasibility Study.
City Council Approves the 5th Avenue Study Overlay District
On October 4, 2011 the Naperville City Council approved zoning amendment that establishes new height regulations for properties within the 5th Avenue Study Area, which is generally located along Washington Street between Benton Avenue and Ogden Avenue, and in the immediate vicinity of the Naperville Metra Station bounded by Center Street, North Avenue, Ellsworth Street and 5th Avenue. The new regulations are listed in Section 6-2-31 (5th Avenue Study Overlay District) of the Naperville Municipal Code, which can be accessed here. More information is available by contacting Community Planner Suzanne Thorsen at (630) 420-6080.
Based on an evaluation of existing conditions and public input received throughout the 5th Avenue Study, the following implementation action items are currently underway. Questions regarding these projects may be directed to Project Manager Rory Fancler via phone at (630) 305-3430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pedestrian/Bicyclist Sight Distance Enhancements
Based on recommendations from the 5th Avenue Study, new signage and crosswalk striping enhancements will be completed at the following locations during FY 2011-2012 to improve pedestrian/bicyclist sight distance and enhance the comfort and safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. These action items are expected to be completed in Fall 2012.
- 5th Avenue/Ellsworth Street – Enhance crosswalk striping to improve visibility and install new pedestrian crossing signage.
- 5th Avenue/Loomis Street – Install new signage at existing crosswalks.
Click here to view a map of these action items, in addition to recently completed action items (see below for more information). Updates on construction activity in the vicinity of the Naperville Metra Station will be posted to this webpage and distributed via the 5th Avenue Study e-newsletter. To sign up to receive the e-newsletter, visit the e-news page of the city's website.
The following is a summary of recently completed 5th Avenue Study implementation action items. Questions regarding these projects may be directed to Project Manager Rory Fancler via phone at (630) 305-3430 or email email@example.com.
Naperville Metra Station Bus Depot and Commuter Access Feasibility Study - Based on public input received and an evaluation of commuter access to the Naperville Metra Station completed as part of the 5th Avenue Study, the City of Naperville identified improvements to enhance transit access, reduce conflicts between travel modes and minimize bus travel and queues on residential streets. Click here for more information on the Naperville Metra Bus Depot and Commuter Access Feasibility Study. (Completed April 2012)
5th Avenue Study Overlay District – The city established a zoning overlay district which provides new building height regulations along Washington Street from Benton Avenue to Ogden Avenue, and near the Naperville Metra Station bounded by Center Street, North Avenue, Ellsworth Street and 5th Avenue. The new regulations are contained in Section 6-2-31 (5th Avenue Study Overlay District) of the Naperville Municipal Code. (Completed October 2011)
Washington Street/North Avenue Traffic Signal Modifications – With assistance from a consulting engineering firm, the city analyzed and implemented traffic signal timing modifications. The signal timing adjustments addressed conflicts between North Avenue traffic and vehicles exiting the DuPage Children’s Museum. (Completed September 2011)
Washington Street/5th Avenue Traffic Flow Enhancements – The City Council approved the removal of five daily fee commuter parking spaces to accommodate two travel lanes in order to provide additional vehicle queue capacity and improve traffic flow at the intersection of Washington Street and 5th Avenue. (Completed August 2011)
Washington and School Streets – Using input from Washington Jr. High School and School District No. 203, activated LED signs were installed to increase motorist awareness of pedestrians in the crosswalk. (Completed April 2011)
Pedestrian/Bicyclist Enhancements – The city eliminated daily fee parking spaces and installed crosswalk enhancements in various locations to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety and improve vehicle traffic flow at key intersections near the train station. Click here to view a map of these action items. (Completed October 2010)
Bike to Metra - Naperville Station – This guide suggests biking routes and tips to reach the Naperville Metra Station. (Completed April 2010)
Railing Installation on Washington Street – Using resident input, the city installed a 4-foot railing along the west side of Washington Street from 5th Avenue to North Avenue to enhance pedestrian safety and comfort near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) underpass. (Completed November 2009)
The City of Naperville conducted the 5th Avenue Study to evaluate land use, commuter parking, and multi-modal circulation (i.e., bicycle, pedestrian and public transit circulation) in the vicinity of Naperville train station. Land use, site access, parking and streetscape were also evaluated for parcels fronting both sides of Washington Street between Benton Avenue and Ogden Avenue.
The purpose of the 5th Avenue Study is to establish recommendations that will guide potential redevelopment, parking, transportation and streetscape improvements within the study area, an important gateway to downtown Naperville and one of the city’s commuter hubs, while maintaining cohesiveness with the existing character of the neighborhood.
Click to view the following:
- 5th Avenue Study Report (PDF 17.2 MB)
- Appendix A: Public Meeting Summary (PDF 2.98 MB)
- Appendix B: Preliminary Future Alternatives (PDF 679 KB)
- Appendix C: Multi-Modal Improvement Recommendations and On-Street Commuter Parking (PDF 85 KB)
- Appendix D: Implementation Action Items – Wayfinding/Signage and Crosswalk Enhancements (PDF 127 KB)
- Appendix E: Washington Street: Streetscape Vision and Conceptual Design, Hitchcock Design Group (PDF 7.3 MB)
- Appendix F: 5th Avenue Study Transportation and Parking Analysis, Metro Transportation Group, Inc. (PDF 7.9 MB)
- Appendix, 5th Avenue Study Transportation and Parking Analysis (PDF 20.7 MB)
The 5th Avenue Study was conducted by City of Naperville staff with assistance from a traffic/parking consultant and a landscape architecture consulting firm offering streetscape design recommendations. The recommendations contained in the 5th Avenue Study are based upon a comprehensive planning process, which involved interested residents, commuters, property and business owners, developers, and local institutions.
More information regarding implementation of the 5th Avenue Study will be posted here as it becomes available and will be emailed to those signed up to receive the 5th Avenue Study e-newsletter. To sign up to receive the e-newsletter, visit the e-news page of the city's website.