Project DAN – Connecting DeLand for Active Transportation

1.  Safety

Criteria 3  Increase Active Transportation:  All project partners have shown commitment to safety and to increasing active transportation by making the project area safer for vulnerable road users. Protected pathways and narrowed vehicle lanes throughout the project protects the vulnerable while reducing vehicle speeds making the road safer for all. 

Criteria 5  Equitable development and connections to key destinations will increase safety in the entire project area and especially the disadvantaged southwest quarter. Traffic calming features, reduced speeds and separated areas for pedestrians and cyclists will make the area safer for all.

Criteria 6 Other DOT Goals and Priorities

DAN’s primary goal is increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists, especially while improving access to jobs. and key destinations by connecting DeLand to the SunRail/SUNTRail complex. This will also improve physical, mental and social wellbeing and quality of life with improved access to trails, parks, public areas, and recreational facilities.  It also addresses the other goals of economic competitiveness and environmental protection.

Creating a safe, efficient and reliable Complete Steets Active Transportation route between the major DeLand Greenway Network and the SunRail Commuter Rail and SUNTrail Spine will increase transportation safety while increasing job opportunities. Revitalizing disadvantaged areas while separating travel modes calms traffic and reduces speeds while increasing job opportunities for all including those without access to a vehicle.

2. Climate Change and Sustainability

Criteria 1 Mobility and Community Connectivity – Creating a safe, efficient and reliable Active Transportation route between the heavily-used DeLand Greenway Network and SUNTrail Spine while connecting transit facilities will significantly reduce daily miles-driven and GHG emissions. 

Criteria 6 Other DOT Goals and Priorities:

DAN advances sustainable transportation and decreases GHG emissions by enabling car-trip replacement by providing a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists that connects DeLand to the SunRail/SUNTRail complex. It also addresses the other goals of • Access to jobs and key destinations, • Economic competitiveness,  and • Quality of life

Creating options for active and alternate transportation between green regional networks, the state multiuse SUNTrail Spine, and local and state transit facilities will decrease miles driven, thus reducing GHG emissions.  Access to trail and trail and options drives investments and attracts business without increasing environmental impact. 

3. Equity

Criteria 2 Community Support – surveys, public input, community engagement, and increased investment demonstrate broad community support for the Voorhis Ave Streetscape, the DeLand Black Heritage Trail, and other revitalization efforts. Including this disadvantaged area in the DAN increases equity in the entire area.     

Criteria 5  Equitable development: The SJR2C Alliance will leverage the existing DeLand Black Heritage Trail team and connections to assist Volusia and DeLand in the preparation the required equity assessment and remove transportation related disparities and to maintain and expand meaningful public engagement.

Criteria 6  Other DOT Goals and Priorities: 

DAN advances transportation equity by enabling safe, efficient and reliable active transportation to previously divided areas. It also improves economic conditions and accelerates investment in the disadvantaged area of Spring Hill by connecting it with DeLand’s vibrant social and business district. by connecting area transit rail and bus stations, amenities, and multiuse trail networks and spine will substantially increase transportation options, and improve safety, access to jobs and quality of life.

The project will improve disadvantaged communities’ access to jobs by connecting the Greater Spring Hill community to jobs available in Volusia County and beyond. This is especially important because the poverty rate in Spring Hill is 37.4 percent, which is more than three times higher than the Volusia County average. The median income of a Spring Hill resident is just $21,633. The trail will connect SunRail riders to the DeLand downtown business district and it will also connect DeLand residents to the SunRail which can take people to the larger job markets in Orlando all without relying on a personal vehicle.  The SunRail system currently operates 61 miles of track with 17 stations throughout Central Florida. The SunRail Stations and other key destinations are included in the map at https://arcg.is/1iSHT01.

Volusia and DeLand engineering and planning staff will ensure the resultant design and plan as well as rail and bus trans facilities are ADA compliant and support accessibility.   The revitalization of the area around Voorhis and South Clara Avenues combined with safe streets for Active Transportation will increase job opportunities in the disadvantaged area. Improved connections for all travel modes will improve job opportunities for all, including those without access to a vehicle. Improving safety along Voorhis avenue will spur investment.  Providing safe multimodal access DeLand’s amenities for visitors arriving on SunRail or SUNTrail will increase tourism in the Business District

4.  Workforce Development, Job Quality, and Wealth Creation

Criteria 6 Other DOT Goals and Priorities:  An Active Transportation Network connecting the DeLand Greenway Network, the Florida State SUNTrail Spine, two major transit facilities and several disadvantaged areas the DAN project will a) provide access to efficient equitable transportation, b) improve the quantity, quality and equity of jobs, and c) create wealth by spurring investment

Improved safety, increased street activity, connecting trail networks and spines to transit, and bridging the gap between Voorhis avenue and the DeLand Business District ensures continued investment, invites tourism, improves sales, opens new business opportunities, and attracts workforce talent due to improve quality of life.

Complementing alignment with Administration Priorities and Departmental Strategic Plan Goals, the project aligns with multiple facets of the city’s strategic plan. DeLand’s three major strategic alignments include: regional high value job creation, creating a connected community and preparing for the future/sustainability. It will positively impact the local economy in workforce development, job quality and wealth creation. The trail will connect the downtown business district and DeLand Black Heritage Trail in the culturally historic Voorhis Avenue area with other area trails and to mass transportation options like SunRail and the Intermodal Transit Facility. Individuals that do not have access to (or want to reduce utilization of) personal vehicles will be able to use the DAN trail to access mass transportation to take them to work, school or job training sites from DeLand to Orlando.

Locally, along the trail the historic JW Wright building on West Voorhis Avenue is undergoing major renovations. Plans include a business incubator located in the facility. The incubator will promote local inclusive economic development and entrepreneurship such as the utilization of DBEs, Minority-owned Businesses, Women-owned Businesses, or 8(a) firms. In the early to mid-1900’s the area was the hub of the African American community in DeLand. Area residents have voiced support for the adaptive reuse plan for the structure. The DAN corridor will encourage entrepreneurial opportunity for residents to capitalize on tourism and potential redevelopment and investment along the planned streetscape. The city portion of the trail area is located within the downtown community redevelopment agency footprint and is within a federally approved opportunity zone.  

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