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Brian Marshall, Capital Area Transit System

  1. 1. Modern cities invest in modern public transit<br />Brian Marshall<br />Chief Executive Officer<br />Capital Area Transit System<br />CONNECT Policy Forum<br />21st July 2011<br />
  2. 2. Who We Are<br />Capital Area Transit System – Regional Transit Authority of Baton Rouge.<br />CATS is one of only two RTA’s in Louisiana – the other being NORTA (New Orleans Regional Transit Authority).<br />Serving Baton Rouge with 60 fixed route vehicles and 20 paratransit vehicles.<br />Operate contractual services for Southern University and special service for LSU football games.<br />CATS-On-Demand for disabled passengers.<br />
  3. 3. CATS-On-Demand<br />Curb-to-curb service for the people who need special attention and cannot use regular fixed route service.<br />Charges regular fare of $1.75 <br />Needs prior certification from CATS to use the service.<br />Service provided by Reliant Transportation, a private provider.<br />Demand for this service doubled post Hurricane Katrina.<br />
  4. 4. System Map<br />
  5. 5. Governance<br />Governed by Board of Commissioners that is responsible for overseeing service, management and financial policies.<br />Commissioners appointed by Metro-Council.<br />Term limit of 3 years (rotational).<br />Metro-Council has the final authority to approve service changes.<br />
  6. 6. FUTUREBR Study – Transit Element<br />FURUTEBR identified mass transit as key economic development tool for the city.<br />Recommended integration of land use and transportation facilites by incorporating ‘Complete Streets’ elements.<br />Promoted rail link between Baton Rouge and New Orleans to drive the growth of the corridor (Both regions account for 45% of state’s population, 48% of state’s jobs and 53% of state’s GDP).<br />Strengthen and enforce connectivity requirements.<br />
  7. 7. Regional Coordination - Transit Projects<br />Work with LaDOTD, FTA, FHWA, City-Parish, CRPC and other public and private entities in developing transit projects.<br />CRPC provides technical and planning assistance.<br />CRPC’s Long Range Plan Transportation Improvement Plan are critical for capital projects development and implementation.<br />Partner with CRPC in developing and implementing Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.<br />
  8. 8. CATS Recent Initiatives <br />MYCATS – Planning Study<br />Three components – Comprehensive Operations Analysis, Market Research and Alternatives Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit. <br />Study provides blueprint for near term route modifications, short term expansion and long term comprehensive transit system. <br />Study includes preliminary plan for Bus Rapid Transit on Florida Blvd corridor.<br />FUTUREBR study provides macro level direction while MYCATS provides micro level operational details.<br />
  9. 9. FTA New Starts Process for Rapid Transit Projects <br />
  10. 10. Complete Streets - Transit Amenities<br />A community with a complete streets policy ensures safe and convenient access to public transit for all users.<br />CATS promotes ‘Complete Streets’ elements by providing comfortable and accessible bus stops, ADA ramps and bike racks on buses.<br />Larger investment needed to provide sidewalks, transit lanes, bus bays and walking trails.<br />
  11. 11. Rapid Transit Case Studies<br />New Mexico Rail Runner Express between Albuquerque and Santa Fe<br /> - Role model for New Orleans – Baton Rouge service.<br /> - The project is part of Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership Plan.<br /> - NMDOT and Mid-Region Council of Governments (MPO) are lead agencies.<br /> - Private partnership in developing stations, local connectivity and subsidizing fares.<br />CATS in Charlotte, NC<br />Capital Metro in Austin, TX<br />Regional Transit in Sacramento, CA<br />
  12. 12. Transit – An Important Economic Development Tool<br />For every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 in economic returns is generated. <br />Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.<br />Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in  increased business sales.<br />Households that are likely to use public transportation on a given day save more than $10,000 every year.<br />
  13. 13. Questions?<br />

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