The City has developed a 40th Street Concept Plan to create bus-only lanes (one by converting the westbound mixed-flow lane to bus-only), a two-way bikeway on the north side of the street, bicycle-pedestrian intersection improvements, bus stop improvements including passenger boarding areas, and streetscaping with opportunities for green infrastructure (natural storm water treatment) and public art.
On July 9, 2019 the City Council approved the Conceptual Design Memorandum. The staff report, summary of comments, and memorandum are here.
The staff presentation describes the design, operation, cost, funding strategy, community involvement, and community member comments.
The Council directed staff to consider some modifications to the conceptual design in the detailed design phase of the project. The Council will review a finalized conceptual design memo addressing these modifications in Spring of 2020. Once the final conceptual design memo is approved by Council, the City can apply for project funding.
A traffic study estimates that these changes would reduce eastbound bus travel times by 1.5 minutes during the evening rush hour. They would increase westbound auto and truck travel times by 1.2 minutes during the evening rush hour and 1.0 minutes during the morning rush hour. The video below shows evening rush hour traffic on 40th Street with the project. It begins looking west from the 40th and Adeline Street intersection.