The mobility master plan will involve a variety of stakeholders, the most important of which is the residents of Sugar Land. The Mobility Task Force, made up of 23 residents of Sugar Land and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, will guide the Mobility Master Plan development and ensure all voices from the community are heard and represented in the Plan. Members represent diverse mobility interests, including drivers, cyclists, walkers, transit users, seniors, parents of school children, people with disabilities, major employers, and local businesses. In addition to the Task Force, the general public, representatives from local businesses, city officials, professional advisors from regional governmental agencies, city of Sugar Land staff and the project consultant will be involved in the Plan development.
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The Mobility Master Plan is the City of Sugar Land’s first consolidated mobility plan – a plan that shifts the focus from moving vehicles to moving people. This renewed focus will aim to provide residents, workers, and tourists with multiple transportation options to choose from within Sugar Land. It will incorporate all elements of mobility – vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, transit and freight rail – based on community values to define Superior Mobility for Sugar Land.
The Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan focuses on planning for projects and programs that are specific for pedestrians and bicycles, while the Master Thoroughfare Plan focuses on the City’s roadway network and moving vehicles. The Mobility Master Plan will focus on planning for all modes of transportation, including, but not limited to vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and freight rail.
Development of the City’s first integrated Mobility Master Plan is a significant undertaking which is expected to take two to three years to complete. Implementation of the Plan will begin after City Council adoption. In addition, upon completion of the Mobility Master Plan, staff will initiate development of multiple area plans (i.e. neighborhood, corridor plans). These area plans will recommend specific Capital Improvement Projects to ultimately implement the overall Mobility Master Plan.
Property tax increases are not being considered at this point because the plan will take two to three years to complete. Any construction and subsequent funding considerations as a result of this plan will not occur until after that time. However, the Sugar Land Mobility Survey does include a question regarding potential funding sources.