Branson Campus

Traffic Management and Safety

Branson has long understood that its neighbors have genuine concerns about the impact of traffic on the surrounding residential community. For 29 years, the school has leased off-site parking from St. Anselm’s Church in an effort to reduce traffic in the neighborhood. Branson has also been mindful of modeling sustainable environmental practices, and for many years it has been providing transportation options and incentives to encourage buses, vans, carpooling, walking and biking whenever possible.  Branson is proud of the steps it has taken on its own initiative to reduce the number of vehicles traveling to and from school, and it is committed to keeping traffic at the current level if the enrollment grows by 100 students over time.

Current Traffic Reduction Measures:

School start time: Beginning in 2017-18, Branson changed its school start time to 8:45 AM, reducing traffic on surrounding streets and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. during peak commute hours.

Bus and Vans provided by Branson

Below is a visual depicting morning student commute methods:


Parking

Safety

Future Traffic Management Measures if Enrollment Increases:

Branson’s traffic engineers have determined that it will be possible for Branson to keep traffic at the current levels with 100 new students.  This is possible through the incremental utilization of a combination of the following methods as the student body grows:

Because Branson is committed to keeping the traffic net neutral with expanded enrollment, there is no anticipated change in parking demand on campus. There are no plans for additional parking spaces or a change in location for parking.

Potential improvements to traffic, bike and pedestrian safety include striping Fernhill, adding pathways/sidewalks, adding a stop sign at Norwood and Fernhill, speed bumps, flashing speed notification signs, and additional speed limit signs. These options to increase safety on adjacent streets will be discussed at neighborhood gatherings and community meetings coordinated by Branson.  There is nothing more important to the school than keeping surrounding streets safe for community members and neighbors.

Below is a sample 4-year strategy to demonstrate how 100 additional students can be added while keeping trips net neutral during the morning commute:




“I have lived on lower Fernhill for 38 years and before that I lived on Bolinas Avenue for 5 years. In the past 20 years the school has worked with the neighbors, the police and the school families and students to control the traffic in our neighborhood. The improvement has been dramatic and continues to get better each year. There is no reason to think this careful control and supervision of the traffic will not continue into the future. They have been a wonderful neighbor and are a community enhancement -- I believe we are fortunate to have an excellent school in our town.”

Margie Ellis, Ross Resident since 1976



“As the leader of the Bolinas Avenue Neighborhood Committee (BANC), I have spent the past 12 years working on public safety issues on Bolinas Avenue. In 2009, Branson worked with us quickly and effectively to implement measures that helped reduce congestion. During this process, I felt that no one handled their commitment to community like Branson did. When you vote, I ask that you consider what could happen if the school were forced to leave. I have seen firsthand how Branson takes safety and traffic seriously, and I believe the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.”

John Martin, Bolinas Avenue neighbor and Ross Resident