Cats: Issues/Challenges for the Future

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Cats: Issues/Challenges for the Future

  1. 1. Issues/Challenges for the FutureUrban Land Institute Meeting Spring 2012 John Muth, PE CATS Deputy Director May 9, 2012
  2. 2. Regional Approach 2025 Transit / Land Use Plan  Vision for a long-term growth management strategy for Charlotte- Mecklenburg  Integrates rapid transit and mixed-used development along 5 transportation corridors  Expands transit system to serve between the rapid transit corridors  Provide more transportation choices to meet mobility needs  Support sustainable growth for regionCity of Charlotte
  3. 3. Investing in a Vision 1998 2010City of Charlotte
  4. 4. Historical Ridership by Service Type 30,000,000 All Services 25,000,000 RailAnnual Ridership 20,000,000 RideShare Services Human Services 15,000,000 Transportation Activity Center Circulators 10,000,000 Community Circulator Regional Express 5,000,000 Local and Express Services 0 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Fiscal Year
  5. 5. Implementation Plan (2006)City of Charlotte
  6. 6. ECONOMIC IMPACT ON TRANSIT SALES & USE TAX Sales Tax Gap FY2007‐FY2035  $400.0  $350.0  FY2007 ‐ FY2035 Total Gap = $2.3  Billion $325.1  $300.0  $260.0  $250.0  $200.0  $207.9  $175.8  $162.5  $150.0  $148.6  $125.7  $130.4  $106.3  $109.3  $100.0  $95.0  $95.8  $85.0  $84.0  $70.2  $73.6  2006 System Plan $50.0  $70.4  $64.5  $57.4  $59.0  Current Forecast  $0.0  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035City of Charlotte
  7. 7. Implementation Plan (2012) Opened 2007 2018 ?? 2018 ?? Complete 2017 Post 2035 Post 2035 Post 2035 Post 2035 Post 2035 Post 2035 Post 2035 Post 2035City of Charlotte
  8. 8. 2030 Transit Plan (Current Status)• LYNX Blue Line (LRT) – FTA considers very successful – Needs capacity for 3-car trains• Blue Line Extension (LRT) – Strong New Starts project – Ready to enter Final Design• Red Line (Commuter Rail) – Tracks and crossings at 90% design – Red Line Task Force• Streetcar Line (Modern) – City of Charlotte funding PE – Phase 1 funded by Urban Circulator Grant• Silver Line (LRT or BRT) – ULI Study – Evaluate rail alternatives• West Corridor – Enhanced Bus Service started in 2009 Approved by MTC November 2006 – Convert to Streetcar in futureCity of Charlotte
  9. 9. LYNX Blue Line Characteristics• Opened November 2007 - $463M• Uptown Charlotte to I-485/South Blvd - 9.6 mi.• 15 stations (7 park and rides)• 7 days a week o 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.• Service frequency o Rush hour: 10 minutes o Non-rush hour: 15 minutes• Bus/rail integration o 20 new and modified routesCity of Charlotte
  10. 10. LYNX BLUE LINE EXTENSION• LYNX Light Rail Extension - +9.4 miles - Implementation in 2017 - +25,000 daily riders - improvements to Tryon Street• FTA Approved Project• MTC direction • reduce capital cost by 20% • reduce annual O&M by 6%• Goals achieved • project shortened by 1.1 mile • now ends at UNCC • 7.5 / 10 minute headways • Parking decks at JW Clay and University City Boulevard • 18 LRVs
  11. 11. Charlotte ObserverCity of Charlotte
  12. 12. Charlotte Streetcar• Rosa Parks Place to Eastland• Serves many travel markets• Catalyst for development• PE funded by City of Charlotte• Federal grant for 1.5 mile starter project• Operations to be funded by CityCity of Charlotte
  13. 13. STREETCAR STARTER PROJECT Presbyterian Hospital to Charlotte Transportation CenterCity of Charlotte
  14. 14. LYNX Silver Line• 13.5 Mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line to Matthews• 2006 MTC Special Provisions: o BRT implementation delayed five years to revisit light rail transit (LRT) option o Extend busway and preserve ROW for BRT or LRT• ULI Study during 2011• Recommendations o HOV/HOT lanes in median o Express bus in median o Evaluate non-median rail alternatives in overall corridorCity of Charlotte
  15. 15. West Corridor2025 System Plan (2002)• Bus Rapid Transit• Light rail not FTA cost-effective2030 System Plan (2006)• Streetcar extension– post 2030• Light rail not FTA cost-effective2035 System Plan• Light Rail in Wilkinson Blvd.??• Re-evaluate cost-effectiveness in light of Blue Line successCity of Charlotte
  16. 16. Big Picture -Think & Plan Regionally• What will 2050 Plan look like?• How will it be funded?• Counties in Air Quality region now have HB 148 authority to enact ¼ percent sales tax• Accelerate rapid transit corridors?• Rapid transit to adjacent counties? • Commuter Rail • Light Rail extensionsCity of Charlotte
  17. 17. Thank YouCity of Charlotte

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