Frequently Asked Questions
How many vehicle trips would the project generate?
The project would generate 699 daily trips. The peak trip generation would be during the evening peak hour. At this time, approximately 1 vehicle every 50 seconds would travel either into or out of the project.
How does the project trip generation compare to the trips that were generated by a school?
The previous school generated 1,142 daily trips, 443 more daily trips than the project would generate. During the morning peak hour, the school generated 405 vehicle trips, or approximately one trip every 8 seconds, assuming an even distribution throughout the hour. In reality, peak school trips occur during a shorter period, creating delays and back-ups in the neighborhood adjacent to the school.
How does summer recess affect the school daily trips? Are the trips factored to take account for days the school is closed?
During summer recess, the school previously generated a nominal number of trips. However, the full daily trip generation was generated during days that the school was in session. These trips are not reported as a daily average, which includes school closure dates. Rather, the daily trip generation is the total number of trips that are generated by the school on a typical weekday.
Which neighborhood streets would be used most by the new home residents?
According to the project traffic study, most trips would use Starling Avenue, Robin Avenue, Redwood Street and Finch Avenue to travel to the project site. These are the same streets that would have been used to travel to and from the previous Moiola Elementary School. With this residential project, there will be fewer vehicles traveling to and from the site and trips would be spread out throughout the hour and would therefore be less noticeable than the school trips, which previously occurred during a 15- to 20-minute period.
How can one vehicle entrance to the project handle all the project trips?
As noted previously, during the evening peak hour (the highest hour of project trip generation), only one vehicle every 50 seconds would enter or exit the project site. This traffic generation can easily be handled by one vehicle entrance, which could safely accommodate up to 750 to 1,000 trips, which equates to up to 750 homes, far less than proposed by the project. In addition, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) permits up to 150 homes with one access; the project is less than half this amount, so one access is more than sufficient from a fire and life safety perspective.
Would the project traffic add to peak hour congestion on Bushard Street and Ellis Avenue?
According to the project traffic study, the project would cause an increase of less than one second of delay for traffic accessing Bushard Street from Starling Avenue. At the intersection of Bushard Street/Ellis Avenue, the project would cause a nominal increase in the Level of Service of less than 1 percent, which is unlikely to be noticeable to drivers.