Proposed 2012-2035 Long-Range Transit Plan        Phase IIPublic Comment Meetings     February to March 2012
Housekeeping Items Silence all cell phones. Be considerate of all meeting attendees and COTA staff. When it is your tur...
Agenda Welcome–Introductions and Purpose of Meeting    Phase I–First draft    Phase II–Final draft Presentation–Overvi...
Phase II Public Meeting Dates  Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012     Monday, March 5, 2012  William J. Lhota Building   Columbus Pub...
Need for Plan Update U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires the Mid-Ohio  Regional Planning Commission (MORPC...
Timeline–Major Milestones Sept. 2011:        Six public meetings between Sept. 1 and Sept. 27 Sept.-Nov. 2011:   Adjust ...
Goals of the LRTP Provide safe, reliable, convenient, affordable and user-friendly  transportation Provide transportatio...
What we heard–Public Involvement Phase I More Local and Crosstown service to suburbs Implement weekend service on select...
Industry Information and External Factors External Factors:      Volatile gas prices      High unemployment rate      ...
Industry Information and External Factors As gas prices rise, ridership rises.                                           ...
Industry Information and External Factors Despite a high unemployment rate, COTA’s ridership continues to  increase.     ...
Industry Information and External Factors In a 2010 APTA survey, 71 percent of agencies saw no growth or a  decrease in l...
Surface Transportation Bill Update In September 2009, the most recent transportation act, the Safe,  Accountable, Flexibl...
Long-Range Transit Plan Financial Assumptions COTA’s 2012-2035 LRTP sales tax projections are less than previously  assum...
Long-Range Transit Plan Financial Assumptions COTA’s cost per service hour has remained level as costs of other  agencies...
Long-Range Transit Plan Financial Assumptions All service expansion and projects must be within COTA’s projected  financi...
Expansion of Service Increase in hours of service between 2006 and 2035 are displayed  below.                            ...
Components of the Plan Six components of the Long-Range Service Plan      Fixed-route bus service      Mobility service...
Fixed-Route Bus Service Conventional service with fixed schedules and alignments    Local, Crosstown, Express and LINK  ...
Fixed-Route Bus Service Bus replacement and expansion:    Increase fleet size by 19     percent by 2016    Replace appr...
Mobility Services Demand-response service to disabled, elderly and low-income  individuals    Service will increase by 4...
Mobility Services Expand Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service in conjunction with  growth of fixed-route service...
Technology Initiatives—ITS Alternative fare collection    Off-board fare collection    Digital payment methods Travele...
Strategic Investments Potential transit centers, park and rides, travel corridor  investments and other facilities  Delaw...
Strategic Investments Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis    Study to improve transit service along     the Clevela...
Customer Services Continue to keep brand of logo and buses modern COTA Pass Sales    Continue to provide quality custom...
Other Service Improvements Buses on shoulder Green initiatives     CNG buses, solar lighting at stops,      LEED facili...
Next Steps Incorporate public comments into plan Complete recommended final plan by April 1 Present recommended 2012 Lo...
Questions            Questions or comments?                                     29
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The Long-Range Transit Plan (LRTP) is a comprehensive strategy for enhancing significantly the public transit system for the central Ohio region over the next 23 years. Utilizing a variety of methods to ensure public participation, the LRTP has been developed to respond to the growing transportation needs of the central Ohio region by providing an expanded, reliable, and safe transit system. In every major metropolitan area, investments in the transportation infrastructure, including public transit, is vital for ensuring economic vitality and improved quality of life.

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LRPT Phase 2 Presentation

  1. 1. Proposed 2012-2035 Long-Range Transit Plan Phase IIPublic Comment Meetings February to March 2012
  2. 2. Housekeeping Items Silence all cell phones. Be considerate of all meeting attendees and COTA staff. When it is your turn to make a comment or ask a question about COTA’s Long-Range Transit Plan, remain at your seat and you will be called upon. Comments and questions are limited to two minutes per person. Ask one question at a time so the appropriate COTA staff member may address your comment. 2
  3. 3. Agenda Welcome–Introductions and Purpose of Meeting  Phase I–First draft  Phase II–Final draft Presentation–Overview of COTA’s Draft Long-Range Transit Plan (LRTP) Next Steps–Review the next steps in the LRTP update process Display Boards–Review display boards and provide comments Wrap-Up–Final remarks and Q&A 3
  4. 4. Phase II Public Meeting Dates Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 Monday, March 5, 2012 William J. Lhota Building Columbus Public Library 33 N. High St., 43215 Franklinton Branch 12 p.m. 1061 W. Town St., 43222 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 Thursday, March 8, 2012 Calvary Baptist Church Columbus Public Library 3865 N. High St., 43214 Parsons Avenue Branch 6 p.m. 845 Parson Ave., 43206 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Columbus Public Library William J. Lhota Building Martin Luther King Branch 33 N. High St., 43215 1600 E. Long St., 43203 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 4
  5. 5. Need for Plan Update U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to update the Metropolitan Transportation Plan every four years.  This includes all transportation modes, including transit. It is necessary to update the existing 2006-2030 Long-Range Transit Plan to prioritize community needs. Respond to changes in current and projected:  Economic conditions  Employment–27 percent increase by 2035  Population–28 percent increase by 2035  Development patterns  Transportation challenges • Mobility • Congestion–33 percent increase by 2035 5
  6. 6. Timeline–Major Milestones Sept. 2011: Six public meetings between Sept. 1 and Sept. 27 Sept.-Nov. 2011: Adjust plans to reflect public input and develop First Draft Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012: Public Comment Meetings on the First Draft, draft plan provided to COTA Board for review and comment; develop Final Draft Feb. 2012: Final Draft to COTA Board for review and comment March 2012: Final Draft public comment period held in coordination with MORPC’s 2012-2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Open House April 2012: Submit Final Plan to Board for adoption 6
  7. 7. Goals of the LRTP Provide safe, reliable, convenient, affordable and user-friendly transportation Provide transportation alternatives to residents with special needs Manage public resources effectively and efficiently Expand support for public transportation and encourage transit supportive land use Promote environmentally sustainable initiatives 7
  8. 8. What we heard–Public Involvement Phase I More Local and Crosstown service to suburbs Implement weekend service on select lines Improve service coverage to neighborhoods within I-270 Real-time information on bus schedules Remove route deviations to simplify line alignment Investigate additional corridors for bus rapid transit service Use smaller buses on lower-ridership lines 8
  9. 9. Industry Information and External Factors External Factors:  Volatile gas prices  High unemployment rate  Fluctuations in sales tax revenue  Unknown federal and state funding levels  Industry Comparison: Change in bus ridership between third quarter 2010 and 2011–American Public Transit Association  Columbus (COTA): +10.75%  Cincinnati (SORTA): +1.34%  Cleveland (GCRTA): +5.16%  Charlotte (CATS): +6.82%  Indianapolis (IndyGo): +9.68%  Memphis (MATA): -6.79%  San Antonio (VIA): +7.73% 9
  10. 10. Industry Information and External Factors As gas prices rise, ridership rises. 10
  11. 11. Industry Information and External Factors Despite a high unemployment rate, COTA’s ridership continues to increase. 11
  12. 12. Industry Information and External Factors In a 2010 APTA survey, 71 percent of agencies saw no growth or a decrease in local or regional funding. In 2010, nearly 80 percent of public transit systems have either raised fares or cut service to reduce projected budget gaps. *Source–American Public Transportation Association (APTA) (2011) 12
  13. 13. Surface Transportation Bill Update In September 2009, the most recent transportation act, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) expired and has been funded through temporary extensions. Currently, three different proposals for transportation funding are being considered:  President’s Proposal: Increases dedicated public transportation funding to $10.8 billion, $233 million over current levels.  Senate Proposal: Continues dedicated public transportation funding at 2012 levels.  House Proposal: Discontinues dedicated public transportation funding through the Highway Trust Fund. A new Alternative Transportation Account would be created, but funding for the account has not yet been identified. An amendment is proposed to remove this change. 13
  14. 14. Long-Range Transit Plan Financial Assumptions COTA’s 2012-2035 LRTP sales tax projections are less than previously assumed in the 2006-2030 LRTP. 14
  15. 15. Long-Range Transit Plan Financial Assumptions COTA’s cost per service hour has remained level as costs of other agencies rise. 15
  16. 16. Long-Range Transit Plan Financial Assumptions All service expansion and projects must be within COTA’s projected financial capacity. Funding level assumptions are as follows:  0.25 percent permanent sales tax  0.25 percent temporary sales tax levy is renewed every 10 years  Sales tax grows with inflation  Regularly-scheduled fare increases every three years to keep pace with inflation and rising costs of providing service  Federal and state assistance programs continue at current levels COTA will continue to pursue discretionary grant opportunities for projects that lie outside of COTA’s financial projections. Financial projections are based upon current and projected economic conditions and other external factors. 16
  17. 17. Expansion of Service Increase in hours of service between 2006 and 2035 are displayed below. 17
  18. 18. Components of the Plan Six components of the Long-Range Service Plan  Fixed-route bus service  Mobility services  Intelligent transportation systems  Strategic investments  Customer service  Other service improvements 18
  19. 19. Fixed-Route Bus Service Conventional service with fixed schedules and alignments  Local, Crosstown, Express and LINK  Key areas of improvement: • Improved service frequency • Expanded coverage • Expanded hours of operation • Decreased travel times New and/or Expanded Bus Lines by Service Type Bus Route Type 2016 Line Numbers Local 2 1,6 Express 8 28,29,40x,43x,50x,55a,59x,67 Crosstown 7 83, 84,85,89,93,94,97 Selected Alternative for Contingent upon approval and 1 Northeast Corridor funding Total 18 19
  20. 20. Fixed-Route Bus Service Bus replacement and expansion:  Increase fleet size by 19 percent by 2016  Replace approximately 1/12 of the fleet every year through 40-foot diesel bus 2035  Purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, replacing the current diesel fleet  Maintain COTA’s six hybrid CNG bus diesel-electric buses Bus quantities are subject to change based upon approval and implementation of the Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit and financial conditions. 20
  21. 21. Mobility Services Demand-response service to disabled, elderly and low-income individuals  Service will increase by 40 percent by 2015 and 50 percent by 2030  COTA’s non-ADA service will expand to provide more service for people with special transit needs in the community  Mainstream will emerge as a one-stop resource for trip planning  Mainstream will cultivate more community partnerships to maximize available funding and resources  An ongoing service evaluation system will continue to review existing operations, and new service delivery methods implemented to improve both service and effectiveness 21
  22. 22. Mobility Services Expand Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service in conjunction with growth of fixed-route service Expand fleet by two vehicles every year between 2012 and 2020 and by one vehicle every year between 2021 and 2035, which is an overall increase of 55 percent in fleet size Replace, on average, 15 vehicles a year between 2012 and 2020 and 20 vehicles a year between 2021 and 2035 22
  23. 23. Technology Initiatives—ITS Alternative fare collection  Off-board fare collection  Digital payment methods Traveler information systems  Real-time information Fleet maintenance Real-time information  Vehicle component monitoring Traffic signal priority Automatic Passenger Counters (APC)  Maintain approximately 20 percent of fleet with APC units Traffic signal priority 23
  24. 24. Strategic Investments Potential transit centers, park and rides, travel corridor investments and other facilities Delawanda Park and Ride Expansion McKinley Operations Improvements including CNG Northern Lights Transit Center concept Northern Lights Conce 24
  25. 25. Strategic Investments Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis  Study to improve transit service along the Cleveland Avenue corridor  Initial evaluation of transit alternatives recommends bus rapid transit in mixed traffic using one of four potential alignments  Study is scheduled to conclude by July 2012  If approved by FTA, COTA will pursue funding for the next phases: • Project development • Project construction • Projected opening of 2016 25
  26. 26. Customer Services Continue to keep brand of logo and buses modern COTA Pass Sales  Continue to provide quality customer service Continue All-for-One Programs  OSU, CCAD and Columbus City Schools Maintain and improve website and online presence  Google Trip Planner  Online real-time customer service  Mobile experience  Social media  Real-time data Continue public outreach efforts 26
  27. 27. Other Service Improvements Buses on shoulder Green initiatives  CNG buses, solar lighting at stops, LEED facilities Continue to purchase approximately 60 passenger shelters a year for replacement and expansion COTA bus on shoulder example–I-70 East Improve accessibility to passenger shelters and stops  Bicycle amenities  Sidewalk connections Bus stop with shelter Bus Stop Service Improvement Project 27
  28. 28. Next Steps Incorporate public comments into plan Complete recommended final plan by April 1 Present recommended 2012 Long-Range Transit Plan to COTA’s Board for adoption in April 28
  29. 29. Questions Questions or comments? 29

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