In developing and maintaining its IMP, Brown continually assesses the impact of campus projects on neighborhood traffic and parking.
Most recently, Brown commissioned Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) to perform a comprehensive traffic study to inform the plans outlined in the IMP approved by the City of Providence in 2017. The study collected data on vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic, outlined factors including transit services and parking availability, and found that the major projects presented in the IMP were not expected to negatively impact the area’s transportation system in the short- or long-term. The proposed site for the PAC was selected considering pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns.
The building is expected to generate little, if any, additional street traffic or demand for parking.
Although the building will host events open to the public in the same manner as so many other Brown academic events, many PAC performances will simply be redirected from where they already are occurring in existing venues (i.e., Salomon Center, Alumnae Hall, Sayles Hall) near the proposed site. These existing venues have similar or greater seating capacities (Salomon 101 is 543, Sayles is 500, Alumnae is 433).
The majority of attendees to PAC events will be students, faculty and staff, many of whom will walk, bike or take the bus, as they do currently for other events across campus. Historically, audiences for performances at Brown are composed of one-third students, one-third faculty members and one-third community members, meaning that two-thirds of the audience will either not need parking or already have established parking patterns.
In addition, the proposed site is conveniently located on the Brown shuttle route and is in close proximity to a nexus of high-frequency RIPTA bus lines on Thayer, Brook, Angell Street and Waterman streets. It’s also located along one of Brown’s primary pedestrian promenades, which ensures pedestrian access and connectivity. And it will include bike racks and amenities for cyclists.