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AUG 2014

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August 2014 81 well as busy Valley Transit Authority bus stops, this area has a high density of commuters throughout the area. However, this mixed-use core district had lost some of its vitality because of being progressively isolated by increased traffic and limited walkability. Before the project was implemented, busy streets and a lack of pedestrian crosswalks severely cut Murphy Avenue patrons off from the Caltrain multimodal station, from the Town Center Mall redevelopment and new mixed-use and affordable housing units. The project has improved pedestrian linkages between retail, transit hubs and high-density housing. The following enhancements provided the foundation for a highly populated transit-oriented pedestrian core: • New pedestrian-scaled paving at the Evelyn and Washington Avenue intersections have vastly improved safe pedestrian crossing and visibility from adjacent arterials. • Gateway arches and signage have improved wayfinding and helping to visually link Historic Murphy Avenue with the Caltrain multimodal station, and the redeveloped Town Center Mall. • Improved sidewalks on Washington Avenue and Evelyn Avenue have linked these blocks with other downtown streets. On Murphy Avenue itself, the following features improve the livability and pedestrian vitality of the commercial street: • Pavers in the travelway, and use of paving design instead of traffic paint, give the street a pedestrian texture, slowing vehicular traffic. • Two raised mid-block crossings flush with the sidewalk serve as a 'speed table' for cars and invite pedestrians to freely cross the street. One of these mid- block crossigns is more of a mid-block "shared space" plaza—140-ft. long, with a unique paving pattern that Top To emphasize a pedestrian-oriented shared space, 'Sienna' cobble concrete pavers with charcoal grey decorative bands were placed within the street travelway. PHoTo CrEDiT: MiCHAEL TArr Bottom Due to the numerous utility covers located on the sidewalk zones, the sidewalks are primarily covered with integrally colored concrete, and banded with charcoal grey interlocking pavers. PHoTo CrEDiT: rHAA

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