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Transit Now Nashville gives overview of the organization and the proposed downtown circulator.

Transit Now Nashville gives overview of the organization and the proposed downtown circulator.

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    Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator Infrastructure Investments for a Sustainable Downtown Nashville - The Circulator Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • Mar. 18th
    • CityTHINK Presentation Outline • Encouraging Ridership • Downtown Circulator • Review of the past transit study • Research in Peer Cities •Wrap up session – Q&A
    • 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
    • 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 development location & type • We need effective with policies and actions that promote TODs Source: www.apta.com/research/stats/ Source: prairiecrossing.com
    • 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/
    • 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/
    • 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/
    • 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
    • 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! Priorities
    • 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 Greenways – Transportation Nodes • Commercial – Retail – Office – Hotels / Convention Centers – Entertainment • Residential – Condos – Apartment Buildings – Town homes
    • MTA Circulator Concept
    • 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
    • Downtown Circulator title • Strategies – Branding (Highly Visible) – High Frequency – Dependable – Connect to existing Transit
    • Downtown Circulator THE GREEN LINE
    • Downtown Circulator title • Phasing – Phase I – Bus Shuttles – Phase II – Light Rail Connector – Phase III – Light Rail System
    • Downtown Circulator
    • Downtown Circulator April Urban Design Forum “The Downtown Circulator - Part II” Thursday, April 16th 5:30 – 7:00 PM
    • 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 – Attractions – Geography – Government
    • 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
    • Jacksonville • Circulator served by trolleys and skyway
    • 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
    • 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
    • Louisville • Bus and Trolley service similar to Nashville
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Best Practices • Links to other modes • Free service in core • Easy to use • Parking opportunities • Attractive
    • Best Practices • High frequency • Connections to nearby neighborhoods • Evening & weekend service • Special event service • Serve residents, tourists, & employees
    • Wrap up Session - Q&A Weekly Meetings NCDC 11:30-1pm