Tag Archives: transportation

Get to know the “Red Rock” trail system plan

Red Rock Ridge & Valley logoThe name of the new greenway master plan – The Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System – was revealed last night to a standing room audience at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s 340-seat Steiner Auditorium.  Its new website, designed and developed by FitzMartin, was also unveiled, enabling people from throughout the region and the country to study it in depth. The site is seen as an implementation tool as well, providing supporters of the plan with necessary information to help see it get constructed.

The plan details a 750-mile combined network of greenways, blueways, paths, and trails along existing roads. Freshwater Land Trust executive director Wendy Jackson said could cost as much as $200 million if fully constructed – and the cost would be spread out over several decades and the 29 cities the trails would go through. The plan is focused on six major trails; Cahaba River, Five Mile Creek, Jones Valley, Shades Creek, Village Creek, and Turkey Creek with additional feeder trails.The plan also provides suggestions for a greenway alongside the proposed Northern Beltline if built while not endorsing that particular project.

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham has agreed to incorporate the plan into its long range transportation improvement program, making all trails eligible for federal funds from the Surface Transportation Program and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. If you’re wanting to dive into the entire plan on paper – there’s a link to a PDF download on the site that promises it will be available on March 9.

Everyone’s been ReThinking 280

Photo courtesy of ReThink 280 Forbes Magazine recently published a report listing Birmingham, AL as one the worst city for a commute in the United States (granted it was 52nd out of the top 75). Folks in the metropolitan area have felt that way for a long time, fueling proposals from several groups about what to do to alleviate traffic along one of the major routes, U.S. 280.

Our state department of transportation and Gov. Riley have presented a proposal to make the well-traveled thoroughfare into a toll road with elevated lanes between I-459 and Double Oak Mountain. Another group has voiced concern about that proposal, calling themselves ReThink 280. Their blog currently serves as a clearinghouse of information for those wanting to keep track of the proposed changes and what work is already taking place. They also present their own solution for the road.

There’s no doubt that some of those in support of the group’s efforts will be at the presentation being made on March 8 at 10 a.m. at Mountain Brook City Hall by ALDOT representatives and project consultant Linda Figg.

Photo: Courtesy of ReThink 280 website.

Hendricks sponsors showing of international artists

Painting "The Thinker"

Former Birmingham City Councilor Elias Hendricks loves art;  his personal collection is a sight to behold.  Periodically he brings in artists (the example shown is by a Ghanaian painter) and dealers  to display work in the 2nd floor gallery of the Transportation Building downtown.

This could be a good time to get a really good piece(s) because artists are really anxious to make deals these days.  There’s an opening this afternoon (March 28) at 2201 2nd Avenue North (across from the Wine Loft).

Get more details by calling 205.266.4927.

Image: Provided by Mr. Hendricks.

Your DC Inaugurational traffic warning

We’re aware that many of you will be watching the Inauguration from your home or from Boutwell Auditorium on January 20. Yours truly will actually be in the Nation’s Capital for the event (along with an estimated 2 million others) attempting to write for both The Terminal and my personal blog. For those of you joining me in traveling up there, a couple of notes. First of all, the folks at The Washington Post have provided this cool map showing where you can’t go with a car from 4 a.m. until 7 p.m. on January 20.

Check out The Post’s Inauguration Central for help with questions and info and look for me here on the Monday morning and over here by mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

Langford’s proposing paving streets downtown

Photo: Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford sitting between City Councilors William Bell and Valerie Abbott during this morning’s press conference at the Burger-Phillips building downtown. Bob Farley/f8Photo.

We figured that since some of you are going to watch the mayor’s remarks online this afternoon about the civic center expansion (read: 1 p.m.) that you may want to know about some of the remarks Larry Langford made this morning during the unveiling of the recently remodeled Burger-Phillips Building in Birmingham’s city center (photos are coming). The issue – street paving. Continue reading

On the agenda: It’s about getting around today

A quick glance at today’s Birmingham City Council agenda gives you the impression that it’s all about getting and moving things around. There are ordinances securing our transit authority’s operating contract (Item 10)  providing additional funds for the system (Item 6); allowing for Alagasco to get around town (Item 7); securing an incentive for the relocation of Intermark’s 110 employees to the former Rogers Trading Company building; allowing for Jim Burke Automotive to consolidate more of their dealerships downtown (Item 5). There’s even one approving plans to move forward on making it a more attractive drive down one of our streets (14th Street North – Item 15).

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Don’t stop the bus

A $4 million shortfall in the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (a.k.a. the folks responsible for our MAX bus system) has the potential to do just by causing them to cut Saturday service and downtown DART service among other things. Check out the Birmingham News’ story so you have an idea of what’s going on before you head out to this afternoon’s city council transit committee meeting  (at 4 p.m.) called by Councilwoman Carol Duncan to figure out next steps.