Our Mission

 Transit Now is a grassroots organization with a mission to promote mass
 transit options and raise awareness...
Mar. 18th
CityTHINK

Presentation Outline
          • Encouraging Ridership

          • Downtown Circulator

          • Review of ...
Precedence Research
Nashville Civic Design Center:
        The Plan of Nashville

Cumberland Region Tomorrow

Urban Land I...
Nashville’s Transit History




                     Source: www.historicnashville.com
Downtown Circulator
Downtown Circulator
Downtown Circulator
Downtown Circulator
Fosters More Livable Communities

        • Transit impacts land use

        • Transit can stimulate
          developmen...
Boosts Real Estate Values

     • Real estate – residential and
       commercial – served by
       public transportation...
Stimulates Economic Development
      •    $10 million in capital investment
           yields $30 million in increased
  ...
Provides Mobility for Seniors

          By the year 2025, 20% of the
          U.S. population will be 65
          and o...
Americans Want More Transit
   Public Transit Ridership
   Set a 52-Year High in 2008

   In Nov 2008, voters in 16
   sta...
Supporting MTA


 • A Voice in the
   Community
 • Awareness of
   MTA Needs and
   Goals
 • Research and
   Best Practices
What We Know

        45% Increase in Ridership Since 2002




             More Transit, More Options!




              ...
Improving the Image of Transit

  Marketing
  How-to-Use-Transit Training
  Enhanced Amenities
Encouraging Ridership
• How-to Films
• Video Contests
• “Man on the
  Street”
• User-generated
  Content
Transit Week
What’s In It For Me?

 • Environmental Impact
 • Economic Benefits
 • Ease and Convenience
Challenges

 • Intimidated/First-time Users
 • Socioeconomic
 • Convenience
Downtown Circulator
 • Making Connections
   – Land Use
     • Civic
         – Municipal Buildings
         – Parks and G...
MTA Circulator Concept
Downtown Circulator
title

 • Two Types of Circulators
   – Inner City
       •   Downtown Connections
       •   Civic No...
Downtown Circulator
title

 • Strategies
   –   Branding (Highly Visible)
   –   High Frequency
   –   Dependable
   –   C...
Downtown Circulator




  THE GREEN LINE
Downtown Circulator
title
• Phasing
  – Phase I – Bus Shuttles
  – Phase II – Light Rail Connector
  – Phase III – Light R...
Downtown Circulator
Downtown Circulator

     April Urban Design Forum
    “The Downtown Circulator - Part II”
    Thursday, April 16th 5:30 –...
The Plan
Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation
Components
Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation
Components: Metro Square
Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation
Components: Metro Square
Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation
Components: Public Square
Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation
Components: MTA Transfer Hub
Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation
Components: Clement Landport
Policy 9: Implementation Phase I
Components: Trolleys
Peer Cities

 • Criteria for comparison may include:
   – Population
   – Density
   – Industries and Employment
   – Attr...
Downtown Circulators

 • The gap between regional and on foot
   transit options:
   – Can be bus, street car or light rai...
Jacksonville

 • Circulator served by trolleys and skyway
Jacksonville

 • Trolley System
   – Three free routes
   – One route connects downtown to a nearby
     neighborhood with...
Jacksonville

 • Skyway System
   – An automated monorail system with trains
     stopping at stations every 3 minutes dur...
Louisville

 • Bus and Trolley service similar to Nashville
Louisville

 • How their Circulator works
   – Historic replica rubber tire trolleys on two main
     routes:
   – Trolley...
Louisville

 • Details
   – Fare is 50 cents
   – Trolley stops are clearly marked
   – Free trolley service for their Fir...
Raleigh-Durham Triangle

 • Recent report [May 2008] recommends:
   – Enhanced Local & Regional Bus Network
   – Circulato...
Raleigh-Durham Triangle

 • Recent report [May 2008] recommends:
   – Heavy Rail [Diesel Multiple Unit]
      • Between ci...
Raleigh-Durham Triangle

 • How it works
   – Historic replica rubber tire trolleys on two main
     routes:
   – Trolley ...
Other Cities to Consider

 • Portland
   – Multimodal
 • Denver
   – Free downtown shuttle
   – Linked to light rail & com...
Best Practices

 •   Links to other modes
 •   Free service in core
 •   Easy to use
 •   Parking opportunities
 •   Attra...
Best Practices

 •   High frequency
 •   Connections to nearby neighborhoods
 •   Evening & weekend service
 •   Special e...
Wrap up Session - Q&A
     Weekly Meetings
     NCDC 11:30-1pm
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator
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Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator

  1. 1. Our Mission Transit Now is a grassroots organization with a mission to promote mass transit options and raise awareness of its benefits for the people living in the Greater Nashville Area. www.transitnownashville.org Our Goals • Provide an on-line resource for decision makers • Raise awareness about mass transit issues and Transit Now Nashville • Make the financial case for providing mass transit in Nashville
  2. 2. Mar. 18th
  3. 3. CityTHINK Presentation Outline • Encouraging Ridership • Downtown Circulator • Review of the past transit study • Research in Peer Cities •Wrap up session – Q&A
  4. 4. Precedence Research Nashville Civic Design Center: The Plan of Nashville Cumberland Region Tomorrow Urban Land Institute - Infrastructure 2008 Nashville Area MPO studies TDOT PlanGo and Nashville’s Downtown Transportation Plan Nashville MTA – Strategic Master Plan
  5. 5. Nashville’s Transit History Source: www.historicnashville.com
  6. 6. Downtown Circulator
  7. 7. Downtown Circulator
  8. 8. Downtown Circulator
  9. 9. Downtown Circulator
  10. 10. Fosters More Livable Communities • Transit impacts land use • Transit can stimulate development location & type • We need effective with policies and actions that promote TODs Source: www.apta.com/research/stats/ Source: prairiecrossing.com
  11. 11. Boosts Real Estate Values • Real estate – residential and commercial – served by public transportation can command higher rents and maintain higher value than similar properties not as well served by transit. Many examples include: – Dallas – Denver – San Diego Source: www.apta.com/research/stats/
  12. 12. Stimulates Economic Development • $10 million in capital investment yields $30 million in increased sales, while each $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million • Every $1 taxpayers invest in public transportation generates up to $6 in economic returns • And transit creates and sustains jobs – 47,500 for each billion dollars invested—and yields a six- fold return on public investments Source: www.apta.com/research/stats/
  13. 13. Provides Mobility for Seniors By the year 2025, 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 and over and many will be unable to drive. One fifth of person 65 and older do not drive. Source: www.apta.com/research/stats/
  14. 14. Americans Want More Transit Public Transit Ridership Set a 52-Year High in 2008 In Nov 2008, voters in 16 states approved 74% of public transit-related ballot measures despite the economic conditions Image source: www.rideuta.com
  15. 15. Supporting MTA • A Voice in the Community • Awareness of MTA Needs and Goals • Research and Best Practices
  16. 16. What We Know 45% Increase in Ridership Since 2002 More Transit, More Options! Priorities
  17. 17. Improving the Image of Transit Marketing How-to-Use-Transit Training Enhanced Amenities
  18. 18. Encouraging Ridership • How-to Films • Video Contests • “Man on the Street” • User-generated Content
  19. 19. Transit Week
  20. 20. What’s In It For Me? • Environmental Impact • Economic Benefits • Ease and Convenience
  21. 21. Challenges • Intimidated/First-time Users • Socioeconomic • Convenience
  22. 22. Downtown Circulator • Making Connections – Land Use • Civic – Municipal Buildings – Parks and Greenways – Transportation Nodes • Commercial – Retail – Office – Hotels / Convention Centers – Entertainment • Residential – Condos – Apartment Buildings – Town homes
  23. 23. MTA Circulator Concept
  24. 24. Downtown Circulator title • Two Types of Circulators – Inner City • Downtown Connections • Civic Nodes • Business Districts • Entertainment • Medical Districts Insert Image – Inner Neighborhood • Civic Nodes • Business Districts • Entertainment • Inner Ring Neighborhoods
  25. 25. Downtown Circulator title • Strategies – Branding (Highly Visible) – High Frequency – Dependable – Connect to existing Transit
  26. 26. Downtown Circulator THE GREEN LINE
  27. 27. Downtown Circulator title • Phasing – Phase I – Bus Shuttles – Phase II – Light Rail Connector – Phase III – Light Rail System
  28. 28. Downtown Circulator
  29. 29. Downtown Circulator April Urban Design Forum “The Downtown Circulator - Part II” Thursday, April 16th 5:30 – 7:00 PM
  30. 30. The Plan
  31. 31. Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation Components
  32. 32. Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation Components: Metro Square
  33. 33. Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation Components: Metro Square
  34. 34. Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation Components: Public Square
  35. 35. Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation Components: MTA Transfer Hub
  36. 36. Policy 1: Multimodal Transportation Components: Clement Landport
  37. 37. Policy 9: Implementation Phase I Components: Trolleys
  38. 38. Peer Cities • Criteria for comparison may include: – Population – Density – Industries and Employment – Attractions – Geography – Government
  39. 39. Downtown Circulators • The gap between regional and on foot transit options: – Can be bus, street car or light rail in form – Functions as the connection between regional and commuter transit hub to destination areas
  40. 40. Jacksonville • Circulator served by trolleys and skyway
  41. 41. Jacksonville • Trolley System – Three free routes – One route connects downtown to a nearby neighborhood with midday service for 50 cents a ride. – Free summertime trolley to nearby beaches
  42. 42. Jacksonville • Skyway System – An automated monorail system with trains stopping at stations every 3 minutes during peak periods and every 6 minutes at other times – Interconnected with free trolley service – Will connect to BRT lines – Offer low cost Park-N-Ride facilities for commuters and visitors
  43. 43. Louisville • Bus and Trolley service similar to Nashville
  44. 44. Louisville • How their Circulator works – Historic replica rubber tire trolleys on two main routes: – Trolley runs every 12-15 minutes weekdays – Runs every 12-20 minutes on Saturday – Route hours vary; some evening service
  45. 45. Louisville • Details – Fare is 50 cents – Trolley stops are clearly marked – Free trolley service for their First Friday art crawl and their Last Friday tour of Frankfort Avenue restaurants, art galleries and shops – Connection service to traditional bus circulators.
  46. 46. Raleigh-Durham Triangle • Recent report [May 2008] recommends: – Enhanced Local & Regional Bus Network – Circulators • Airport to business and convention center districts • Downtown Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill & Cary
  47. 47. Raleigh-Durham Triangle • Recent report [May 2008] recommends: – Heavy Rail [Diesel Multiple Unit] • Between cities using existing railroad ROW – Light Rail • Between Chapel Hill to Durham
  48. 48. Raleigh-Durham Triangle • How it works – Historic replica rubber tire trolleys on two main routes: – Trolley runs every 12-15 minutes weekdays – Runs every 12-20 minutes on Saturday – Route hours vary; some evening service
  49. 49. Other Cities to Consider • Portland – Multimodal • Denver – Free downtown shuttle – Linked to light rail & commuter rail • Tampa – Trolley and light rail – Funded by TIF (discounted fare for residents in TIF zone)
  50. 50. Best Practices • Links to other modes • Free service in core • Easy to use • Parking opportunities • Attractive
  51. 51. Best Practices • High frequency • Connections to nearby neighborhoods • Evening & weekend service • Special event service • Serve residents, tourists, & employees
  52. 52. Wrap up Session - Q&A Weekly Meetings NCDC 11:30-1pm

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