This Week at City Hall - Fulton Mall Design Grant
08/01/2012
Federal Grant to Help Fulton Mall Design
 
The City of Fresno this week was awarded a $1 million federal grant to complete the design work of the three Fulton Mall options that are still under consideration.
 
The grant will be dedicated to the preconstruction engineering phase (including site analysis, precise design and engineering drawings) of the Fulton Mall project.  The grant funds will not be used for any actual physical construction on the Mall.
 
Mayor Swearengin said the grant does not lock the City into a decision about the Fulton Mall’s future.  Instead, City Council will have the opportunity to select from among the Fulton Mall options presented in the draft Fulton Corridor Specific Plan. 
 
The grant funding represents another “win” for Fresno as part of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) program.  Click here for information on other accomplishments for the City through the SC2 program.
 
For more information on the draft Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, click here.
 
Community Input Sought on Bus Rapid Transit
 
Community members are invited to complete a survey regarding the FAX bus rapid transit system (BRT). Bus rapid transit is often described as “light rail on rubber tires,” and the system has the potential to positively impact the quality of life in Fresno. We would like for you visit the survey site to learn about BRT and complete the survey — even if you have never taken a bus.

The survey is available at http://www.FAXBRT.com

Fresno is the largest city in California without bus rapid transit.  
 
Here are some questions and answers about BRT:

What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
FAX is bringing bus rapid transit to Fresno. BRT is a term applied to a variety of bus service designs in order to provide faster, more efficient, and more reliable service than an ordinary bus line. Often this is achieved by making improvements to existing street and traffic infrastructure (for instance, dedicated bus lanes and transit signal priority systems). Typically high-capacity, uniquely-identified buses are used. Bus stops are usually improved to contain rail station-like amenities (for instance, digital customer information and enhanced shelters).

What is the goal?
Bus rapid transit is a system designed to reduce traffic congestion, increase mobility, and improve air quality.

How is this being financed?
Federal and State funds.

What is the route?
Buses will initially run up and down Blackstone from Riverpark to downtown as well as Kings Canyon/Ventura avenues from Clovis Avenue to downtown with 26 stops and 52 total stations along the route.

What is the frequency?
Passengers will enjoy frequent service every 10 to 15 minutes, modern and comfortable vehicles,  and off-board fare collection for efficient boarding, all while paying the same fare as a regular FAX bus.

Key BRT Attributes:
  • Simple route layout: Makes the system easier to use and remember routes
  • Frequent service: Buses arrive as often as every 10 minutes during peak commute times – most riders do not need to consult a schedule
  • Fewer stops: Stops are spaced about ½ mile apart, like rail lines, at most major transfer points
  • Level boarding/alighting: Low-floor buses speed-up load times
  • Bus priority at traffic signals: this technology reduces traffic delay at intersections by extending the green light or shortening the red light
  • Enhanced stations: stations provide transit information, lighting, canopies and "Next Bus" displays
 
Restaurant Week Continues Through Friday
 
Fresno’s Restaurant Week, which features locally owned restaurants will be offering special pre-fixed menus ranging from $15 to $36, will run through Friday, Aug. 3.
 
Restaurant Week is being coordinated by the Fresno Regional Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA), a group of local business owners who are coordinating an ongoing community outreach and marketing campaign to educate the community about why it is important to support our locally owned and independent businesses.  FRIBA grew out of the work of Mayor Swearengin’s Independent Retailers and Restaurants affinity group.

A full list of participating restaurants and their menus is available on the FRIBA website at www.friba.org.
 
Mayor Swearengin Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions
 
Mayor Swearengin recently has appointed/re-appointed several individuals to various boards and commissions throughout the city.  Their volunteer service in this capacity is greatly appreciated and valued in our community. 
  • Civil Service Board:   Andrew Moreno
  • Community Advisory Panel:  Robert Hand
  • Disability Advisory Commission:  Dr. William Dailey Jr., Robert Hand, Jenelle Pitt, Mary Beth Randall
  • Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District:  Kendall Groom, Jennette Williams
  • Historic Preservation:  Lisa Woolf, Joe Moore, Don Simmons
  • Housing and Community Development Commission:  Rogenia Cox, Hon. Armando Rodriguez
  • Housing Authority:  Adrienne Jones, Cary Catalano
  • Planning Commission:  Randall Reed, Andy Hansen-Smith
  • Tower District Design Review Committee:  Elisabeth Berg
If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to serve on a board or commission, please visit the City’s website for more information.
 
This Week’s Events
  • Planning Commission, City Council Chambers, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m.
  • Movies in the Park: “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Eaton Plaza, Friday, Aug. 3, dusk.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Logan Park
 
The “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort will be held at Logan Park, 5450 N. Santa Fe,  on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
 
Follow Mayor Swearengin, City of Fresno on Twitter
 
For up-to-date information on happenings related to the City of Fresno, follow Mayor Swearengin on Twitter @MayorSwearengin or the City of Fresno @CityofFresno.