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  • Citizen led Coalition has formed….
  • The long-term cause is chronic underfunding and a lack of dedicated revenue source for transit. CATS is one of the largest transit systems in the country without dedicated fundning The system has also lost $1.1 million in federal assistance CATS is also required by federal law to provide a special disability service along each of its regularly served routes. While this is a federal mandate, it is not federally funded. The number residents using this service sharply rose after Katrina. Each of these paratransit trips costs the agency $28—it costs the rider $4. This has had a significant impact on the system’s budget.
  • CATS is doing less with more, and running the most efficient system possibly on a its current budget. Other Southern cities—our competitors for economic development, industry, jobs and talent--have dedicated funding sources and contribute significantly more per capita than Baton Rouge… Charlotte is considered the “Cadillac” of transit systems, with light rail build out and
  • Transit benefits the overall community…
  • Of the southern cities seen on the last few slides, those comparable to BR in size and geography have significantly less traffic. The correlation between their transit funding and traffic congestion can’t be ignored.
  • FuturEBR projects traffic congestion will increase to over 70 hours per year in 20 years—and this is taking into consideration all of the
  • Annual costs for gas per year in Baton Rouge area between 2000 and 2008.
  • This is how we currently get around Baton Rouge….
  • One person per vehicle, taking up an entire three lane street. But take that same number of people and put then on bikes and sidewalks….
  • Suddenly there’s significantly more movement and room to move…
  • Put them all on a bus, and imagine the impact on traffic.
  • How are we ensuring this is delivered?
  • Already CATS has given a very transparent timeline for these improvements
  • Transcript

    • 1. Connecting our Community
    • 2. Why has this Coalition formed?
      • Because great cities need great transit. Period.
        • Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission
        • Vision of FUTUREBR
      • Baton Rouge deserves a quality transit system with dedicated funding
      • A healthy city leverages opportunities:
      • “ We have job opportunities. But if people can’t get to the opportunities, there might as well not be opportunities.”
      • Adam Knapp
      • Baton Rouge Area Chamber
    • 3. Comprehensive Transit Reform
      • On April 21 st Baton Rouge, Zachary and Baker residents decide the future of Baton Rouge transportation
      • 10.6 mills from these three areas will generate $18 million annually
      • Duration of the millage is 10 years
      • This budget will be used to leverage greater state and federal funding
      • Resulting in the system BR deserves
    • 4. Map
      • New and Existing Routes
    • 5. What will this cost me?
      • The cost depends on your home value:
      The 10.6 millage is less than the BREC, library or public school millage.
    • 6. What will BR get in return?
      • Decrease wait times from the current average of 75 minutes to 15-20 minutes at peak times
      • Overhaul bus stops , with new shelters and benches
      • Add GPS tracking to fleet , with exact arrival times accessible on cell phones
      • Overhaul all signage for transit stops , providing detailed route and time information
    • 7.
      • Build 3 new transit hubs to replace “spoke” system with “grid” system
      • Increase service from 19 to 37 routes , expanding to high-demand areas that currently are not served (eg. O’Neal Lane, Coursey Blvd., Essen and Siegen Lane)
      • Increase peak-hour buses from 32 to 57
      • Create 8 New Express Lines:
        • Express Routes:  Southern University to Downtown, Airport to Downtown, O'Neal Lane to Downtown, Mall of Louisiana to Downtown, Highland/I-110 to Downtown
        • Limited Stop Routes:  Baker/Zachary (through Southern University, to CATS Terminal), Florida Blvd to Downtown, LSU to Downtown
      What will BR get in return?
    • 8. Why don’t we have $ now?
      • Don’t have dedicated revenue source for transit
        • One of the biggest systems in the country not to have one
      • Recent reductions in federal assistance
      • Increased disability service after Katrina
    • 9. Current Funding Includes local taxes, fares and federal funding Source: National Transit Database, 2009 Peer Cities (2009) Per capita funding Atlanta New Orleans Austin Houston Charlotte Knoxville Little Rock Raleigh Memphis Peer City Average Baton Rouge (2009) Baton Rouge (2012) $134 $32 $84 $84 $70 $133 $27 $59 $253 $215 $162 $138
    • 10. Current Funding High dependence on rider fares for funding Percent of Peer Cities (2009) funding from fares Peer City Average Baton Rouge (2011) 25% 14%
    • 11. Current Funding 4 measures of financial “efficiency” (output per input) B. R. spends less per unit output than peer cities.
    • 12. Other cities with dedicated revenue for transit
    • 13. MORE cities with dedicated revenue for transit
    • 14. STILL MORE cities with dedicated revenue for transit … No dedicated funding means losing millions in federal match funding and grants.
    • 15. Future Congestion
    • 16. Future Congestion FuturEBR prediction of congested routes in 20 years
    • 17. Congestion + Gas = $$$$ 2000 2008 < $900 $900-1800 $1800-2700 $2700-3600 > $3600
    • 18. Congestion & Transit Impact
    • 19. Congestion & Transit Impact
    • 20. Congestion & Transit Impact
    • 21. Congestion & Transit Impact
    • 22. Transit is the first step
      • A bus system is the critical foundation for
        • Light Rail
        • Streetcars
        • Bus Rapid Transit
      • Catalyzes
        • Sidewalk network
        • Bike lanes
        • Trails
    • 23. Governance Reform
      • Support new criteria for CATS board members as recommended by Blue Ribbon Committee
      • Support legislation to remove Metro Council from operational decisions about routes and fares
    • 24. Accountability
      • CATS promises to adhere to and publicize concrete benchmarks and timeline of deliverables for service improvement
    • 25. Change Takes Time
      • 2012
        • Feb – June:   Further develop implementation plan
        • July - September:  Put new bus purchase in process (1st wave of new buses – 10 – 15) and announce GPS system is installed and ready for use
        • October - December: Expand number of bus shelters (25 shelters or more) and install new more informative and easier to read bus stop signs
    • 26. Change Takes Time
      • 2013
        • January – March: Expand CATS bus pass sales locations
        • April – June: Continue to expand bus shelters
        • July – September: Put second wave of new buses for purchase in process (15 – 20 buses)
        • October – December: Transit education (community meeting) on new routes and services
    • 27. Change Takes Time
      • 2014
        • January-March: Implement expanded routes and decreased wait times.
    • 28. Pledge www.brtransit.blogspot.com