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Together B.R._Transit Presentation 2011
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  • 1. Public Transit:<br />“Fixing a system in crisis”<br />St. Mary Baptist Church<br />May 10th, 2011<br />
  • 2. We face serious challenges…<br />The transit system could run out of funding either in September or October of 2011.<br />Chronic budget crises, under-funding and poor public perception have plagued the system.<br />The 2010 vote to create a dedicated revenue source for transit failed, 53% to 47%.<br />
  • 3. Who cares?<br />
  • 4. Traffic Congestion<br />Avg. delay per year<br />22 hours<br />U. S. Avg for Mid-size Cities<br />37 hours<br />Baton Rouge<br />33rd<br />Baton Rouge rank for congestion among mid-size U.S. cities (2010)?<br /># of mid-size cities studied?<br />33<br />
  • 5. Projected Traffic Congestion<br />FuturEBR projects traffic congestion will increase to over 70 hours per year in 20 years<br />
  • 6. Projected Traffic Congestion<br />FuturEBR prediction of congested routes in 20 years<br />(Not a pretty picture.)<br />
  • 7. Who cares?<br />Mildred.<br />Receptionist at local hospital. Makes minimum wage and is a single mother. She and her daughter rely on public transit.<br />Dr. Jeanne.<br />Jessica.<br />Retired PhD in Clinical Psychology. <br />Recently visually impaired. Very limited ability to drive.<br />Student at a local university. Moving next to a bus route because her car is about to give out.<br />
  • 8. Who cares?<br />People who …<br />want less traffic congestion.<br />need reliable transportation to get to work, appointments, school, entertainment.<br />need their employees to have reliable transportation to work.<br />would like to reduce overall transportation costs: car insurance, gas, road repair, vehicle repair.<br />want economic development:<br /> $1 in transit investment = $35 in economic development.<br />
  • 9. Tens of thousands of Baton Rouge residents have limited or no access to cars.<br />People who are elderly, have disabilities, are low-income, students, young people.<br />Hundreds of thousands want options for transportation.<br />
  • 10. Public transit is a popular idea in B.R.<br />Percent of residents who say there is a “good” or “great” need for improved public transportation<br />70%<br />Percent of residents who “would use rapid transit if it were available”<br />55%<br />But very few people use it…<br />Percent of residents who “ever use” transit system in Baton Rouge<br />16%<br />
  • 11. If the idea of transit is popular, why don’t more people use it?<br />Because the current system is not working.<br />
  • 12. Problem #1: Wait times are too long<br />Average wait time at a transit stop?<br />75 minutes<br />
  • 13. Problem #2: Overall travel times are too long.<br />Average total travel time (including waits)?<br />2 hours, 20 minutes<br />
  • 14. Problem #3: The route system is inefficient<br />“Spoke” route structure built for cities of 40 years ago.<br />Consider Essen to Bluebonnet<br />5-10 minutes by car<br />Over 2 hours by bus<br />
  • 15. #4: Poor service coverage<br />Many highly developed areas are not covered by transit system:<br /> O’Neal Lane<br />Coursey Blvd.<br /> Essen & Siegan Lane<br />
  • 16. #5: Poor Signage and Stops<br />Shelters are in poor condition or do not exist.<br /><ul><li>Poor and uninformative signage at bus stops: no route information; no time information.</li></li></ul><li>How did it get this bad?<br />
  • 17. You get what you pay for…<br />Baton Rouge vs. Peer cities: Transit funding per resident<br />Per capita <br />funding<br />Peer Cities (2009)<br />$134<br />Charlotte <br />Knoxville <br />Little Rock<br />Raleigh<br />Memphis<br />Peer City Average<br />Baton Rouge (2009)<br />Baton Rouge (2011) <br />Includes local taxes, fares and federal funding<br />$84<br />$84<br />$70<br />$59<br />$86<br />$32<br />$27<br />
  • 18. You get what you pay for…<br />High dependence on rider fares for funding<br />Percent of <br />Peer Cities (2009)funding from fares<br />Peer City Average<br />Baton Rouge (2011) <br />14%<br />25%<br />
  • 19. Other cities with dedicated revenue for transit …<br />Akron, OH<br />Alameda, CA<br />Albuquerque, NM<br />Ames, IA<br />Ann Arbor, MI<br />Antioch, CA<br />Arlington, VA<br />Asheville, NC<br />Atlanta, GA<br />Austin, TX<br />Bakersfield, CA<br />Batavia, OH<br />Bay City, MI<br />Bellingham, WA<br />Benton Harbor, MI<br />Billings, MT<br />Birmingham, AL<br />Bismarck, ND<br />Bloomington, IN<br />Bradenton, FL<br />Bremerton, WA<br />Brunswick, OH<br />Buffalo, NY<br />Burlington, WA<br />Canton, OH<br />Cedar Rapids, IA<br />Chapel Hill, NC<br />Charleston, SC<br />Charleston, WV<br />Charlotte, NC<br />Charlottesville, VA<br />Chicago, IL<br />Cincinnati, OH<br />Cleveland, OH<br />Colorado Springs, CO<br />Columbus, GA<br />Columbus, OH<br />Commerce, CA<br />Concord, CA<br />Corpus Christi, TX<br />Corvallis, OR<br />Culver City, CA<br />Cumberland, MD<br />Dallas, TX<br />Davenport, IA<br />Davis, CA<br />Dayton, OH<br />Denver, CO<br />Detroit, MI<br />Duluth, MN<br />El Paso, TX<br />Elk Grove, CA<br />Everett, WA<br />Fairfield, CA<br />Flagstaff, AZ<br />Flint, MI<br />Fond du Lac, WI<br />Fort Collins, CO<br />Fort Myers, FL<br />Fort Smith, AR<br />Fort Wayne, IN<br />Fort Worth, TX<br />Fredericksburg, VA<br />Gardena, CA<br />Gary, IN<br />Glendale, AZ<br />Grand Forks, ND<br />Grand Rapids, MI<br />Grand River, OH<br />
  • 20. MORE cities with dedicated revenue for transit …<br />Granite City, IL<br />Great Falls, MT<br />Greensboro, NC<br />Gretna, LA<br />Hanford, CA<br />Hesperia, CA<br />Highland Falls, NY<br />Holland, MI<br />Houston, TX<br />Huntington, WV<br />Indianapolis, IN<br />Iowa City, IA<br />Jackson, MI<br />Jacksonville, FL<br />Jefferson City, MO<br />Kalamazoo, MI<br />Kansas City, MO<br />Kent, OH<br />La Mirada, CA<br />LaCrosse, WI<br />Lafayette, IN<br />Lakeland, FL<br />Lancaster, CA<br />Lansing, MI<br />Laredo, TX<br />Largo, MD<br />Las Cruces, NM<br />Lawrence, KS Lewisville, TX<br />Lexington, KY<br />Livermore, CA<br />Logan, UT<br />Lompoc, CA<br />Long Beach, CA<br />Los Angeles, CA<br />Medford, OR<br />Miami, FL<br />Minneapolis, MN<br />Missoula, MT<br />Moline, IL<br />Montebello, CA<br />Monterey, CA<br />Murfreesboro, TN<br />Napa, CA<br />New Orleans, LA<br />New York, NY<br />Norwalk, CA<br />Oakland, CA<br />Oceanside, CA<br />Olympia, WA<br />Omaha, NE<br />Orange, CA<br />Oxnard, CA<br />Peoria, IL<br />Petaluma, CA<br />Phoenix, AZ<br />Pinole, CA<br />Pittsburgh, PA<br />Pompano Beach, FL<br />Port Huron, MI<br />Port Washington, WI<br />Porterville, CA<br />Portland, OR<br />Providence, RI<br />Redondo Beach, CA<br />Richland, WA<br />Riverside, CA<br />Rockville, MD<br />
  • 21. STILL MORE cities with dedicated revenue for transit …<br />Sacramento, CA<br />Saginaw, MI<br />Salem, OR<br />San Antonio, TX<br />San Bernardino, CA<br />San Carlos, CA<br />San Diego, CA<br />San Francisco, CA<br />San Jose, CA<br />San Juan, PR<br />Santa Barbara, CA<br />Santa Clarita, CA<br />Santa Cruz, CA<br />Santa Fe, NM<br />Santa Maria, CA<br />Santa Monica, CA<br />Santa Rosa, CA<br />Savannah, GA<br />Scottsdale, AZ<br />Seattle, WA<br />Sioux City, IA<br />South Bend, IN<br />Spokane, WA<br />Springfield, IL<br />St. Cloud, MN<br />St. Johns, MI<br />St. Joseph, MO<br />St. Paul, MN<br />St. Petersburg, FL<br />Stockton, CA<br />Sugar Land, TX<br />Tampa, FL<br />Tempe, AZ<br />Thousand Oaks, CA<br />Thousand Palms, CA<br />Toledo, OH<br />Topeka, KS<br />Tucson, AZ<br />Union City, CA<br />Urbana, IL<br />Vallejo, CA<br />Valparaiso, IN<br />Vancouver, WA<br />Ventura, CA<br />Visalia, CA<br />Washington, DC<br />Waterloo, IA<br />Wenatchee, WA<br />West Covina, CA<br />West Palm Beach, FL<br />Wheeling, WV<br />Winston-Salem, NC<br />Woodland, CA<br />Yakima, WA<br />Youngstown, OH<br /> No dedicated funding means losing millions in federal match funding and grants.<br />
  • 22. So how do we fix it?<br />
  • 23. 4 Reform Proposals<br />
  • 24. Proposal A:<br />Basic Reform<br />1. Decrease wait times from 75 minutes to 30 minutes.<br />2. Increase service from 19 to 31 routes.<br />3. Increase peak-hour buses from 32 to 42.<br />4. Build 3 new transit hubs to replace “spoke” system with “grid” system.<br />5. Overhaul bus stops, with new shelters, covers & benches.<br />6. Add tracking to fleet, with exact arrival times accessible on cell phones.<br />7. New signage with route and time info.<br />8. Dedicated revenue source for transit.<br /> <br />A<br />Preliminary Estimates Only<br />Total Transit Budget: $25 million<br />Required from dedicated revenue source: $15m<br />Federal & Other Funds leveraged: <br />$10m per year<br /> <br /> <br />
  • 25. Proposal B:<br />Ridership Expansion<br />1. Decrease wait times from 75 minutes to 20 minutes.<br />2. Increase service from 19 to 37 routes.<br />3. Increase peak-hour buses from 32 to 57.<br />4. Build 3 new transit hubs to replace “spoke” system with “grid” system.<br />5. Overhaul bus stops: shelters & benches.<br />6. Add tracking to fleet, with exact arrival times accessible on cell phones.<br />7. New signage with route and time info.<br />8. Dedicated revenue source for transit.<br />9. 3 New Express Lines: a) Downtown to LSU, b) Florida Blvd. & c) Plank Rd. (servicing Airport).<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />B<br />Preliminary Estimates Only<br />Total Transit Budget: $29.9 million<br />Required from dedicated revenue source: <br />$18.3 million<br />Federal & Other Funds leveraged: <br />$11.6m per year<br /> <br /> <br />
  • 26. Proposal C:<br />Broad “rider-of-choice” appeal<br />1. Decrease wait times from 75 to 15 minutes.<br />2. Increase service from 19 to 39 routes.<br />3. Increase peak-hour buses from 32 to 98.<br />4. Build 3 new transit hubs to replace “spoke” system with “grid” system.<br />5. Overhaul bus stops (shelters/benches).<br />6. Add tracking to fleet, with exact arrival times accessible on cell phones.<br />7. New signage with route and time info.<br />8. Dedicated revenue source for transit.<br />9. Bus Rapid Transit on Florida.<br />10. Start-up for Street Car downtown to LSU.<br />11. SIX New Express Service Lines for Florida Blvd, Airline Hwy, Scenic Hwy (serving Southern Univ), Plank Rd. (serving Airport), Acadian Thruway (serving BRCC) and O’Neal Lane.<br />12. New Limited Stop Routes for Zachary/Baker, Denham Springs & Highland Rd.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />C<br />Preliminary Estimate Only<br />Total Transit Budget: $55.4 million<br />Required from dedicated revenue source: $38.7million<br />Fed & other funds leveraged: $16.7m<br /> <br />
  • 27. Proposal C:<br />Broad “rider-of-choice” appeal<br />Double click <br />image for video<br />Bus Rapid Transit <br />1. Decrease wait times from 75 to 15 minutes.<br />2. Increase service from 19 to 39 routes.<br />3. Increase peak-hour buses from 32 to 98.<br />4. Build 3 new transit hubs to replace “spoke” system with “grid” system.<br />5. Overhaul bus stops (shelters/benches).<br />6. Add tracking to fleet, with exact arrival times accessible on cell phones.<br />7. New signage with route and time info.<br />8. Dedicated revenue source for transit.<br />9. Bus Rapid Transit on Florida.<br />10. Start-up for Street Car downtown to LSU.<br />11. SIX New Express Service Lines for Florida Blvd, Airline Hwy, Scenic Hwy (serving Southern Univ), Plank Rd. (serving Airport), Acadian Thruway (serving BRCC) and O’Neal Lane.<br />12. New Limited Stop Routes for Zachary/Baker, Denham Springs & Highland Rd.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />C<br />Preliminary Estimate Only<br />Total Transit Budget: $55.4 million<br />Required from dedicated revenue source: $38.7million<br />Fed & other funds leveraged: $16.7m<br /> <br />
  • 28. Proposal D:<br />No Reform<br />1. No dedicated revenue source or <br />additional funding for transit.<br />2. Current or declining level of service: <br /><ul><li> 75 minute wait times
  • 29. 2hr 20min average trip time
  • 30. Current state of stops, signage and amenities.
  • 31. Decrease routes from 19 to 17.
  • 32. No weekend service.
  • 33. Fare increases.
  • 34. Reduction in service area by 50%.
  • 35. Reduce peak buses from 32 to 26.</li></ul> <br /> <br />D<br />Total Transit Budget: $12 m<br />Additional revenue: $0<br />Additional Federal & other funds leveraged: $0m<br />
  • 36. It’s our choice…<br />PROPOSAL A<br />Basic Reform<br />.<br />PROPOSAL B<br />Ridership Expansion<br />PROPOSAL C<br />Broad “Rider-of-choice” Appeal<br />PROPOSAL D<br />No <br />Reform<br />D<br />C<br />A<br />B<br />Total Budget: $25 million<br />Dedicated revenue: $15 million<br /> <br />Total Budget: $29.9 million<br />Dedicated revenue: $18.3 million<br /> <br />Total Budget: $55.4 million<br />Dedicated revenue: $38.7million<br /> <br />Total Budget: $12 m<br />Dedicated revenue: $0.<br /> <br />
  • 37. Transit Meeting: May 2nd<br />

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