Transportation…Good Planning Starts with a Walkable Community
Traffic is always a major concern for those of us living in Southern California. With that in mind, Centennial is committed to addressing the long-term transportation needs of our region by designing a new town in which residents can live, work, play and study.
The foundation of Centennial’s transportation plan is its design as a walkable community. Through thoughtful planning, we intend to entice residents out of cars and encourage walking or biking to nearby shops, restaurants, and recreation facilities. Homes will be clustered near schools to ensure safe routes on which children can walk or bike.
Trail systems or greenways will interconnect the entire community, linking residents to schools, shopping and employment centers. They will also provide pathways on which residents can walk, hike or bike to Centennial’s 11,800 acres of open space and enjoy the region’s natural beauty.
Work Near Home
The plan for Centennial calls for more than 12 million square feet of business park space, providing residents with the opportunity to work near their homes. As a matter of fact, upon build-out, we project that 74 percent of those working at Centennial will be able to rent or buy a home there, meaning they will be able commute to and from work within the community.
An on-site transit system will also minimize the need for Centennial residents to drive to and from work. For those who maintain jobs elsewhere, two transit centers will connect residents via bus or carpool to Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, or beyond via Metrorail.
Providing Transportation Solutions for an Entire Region
As for off-site transportation needs, work has already begun, through our participation with the Golden State Gateway Coalition, to advance much-needed improvements for Interstate 5, including carpool and truck climbing lanes through the Santa Clarita Valley.
We are also addressing State Route 138 (SR-138), where additional lanes will be added through the boundaries of Centennial and right-of-way will be reserved for a future rail transit corridor. Ultimately, by the time our community is built out, we envision SR-138 as a four-lane expressway between I-5 and Highway 14, the funding for which Centennial will certainly contribute its fair share.
Centennial is currently studying all opportunities available to address the transportation needs of the area through a comprehensive regional transportation strategy, the framework for which will be part of the Centennial Draft Environmental Impact Report.
Working side-by-side with residents, neighboring cities and transportation agencies, we are confident we can ensure the mobility and safety of all those who will live, work, play and study in the new town of Centennial.