New Intercity Bus Funding Approach

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  • Some of the unservced areas have good transit NEW is the real issue after Walla Walla Minus the purple
  • New Intercity Bus Funding Approach

    1. 1. New Intercity Bus Funding Approach Stephen Abernathy, AICP Intercity Bus Program Manager Public Transportation Division
    2. 2. <ul><li>Separate FTA 5311(f) funds from the WSDOT Consolidated Grant Process. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide more flexibility to meet identified needs </li></ul><ul><li>Request for Proposals (RFP) for specific routes within the identified corridor for open competitive process </li></ul><ul><li>Select best operator for each project </li></ul><ul><li>Competition between providers, not projects </li></ul>Intercity Bus Program
    3. 3. RFP Process (No Grant Applications!) <ul><li>RFP’s Issued on Corridor Basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase of Service Contract, rather than operating assistance grant. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides more control. </li></ul><ul><li>Sets expectations in advance. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures provider is tied in with Greyhound schedule, ticketing (MAX) and web-site. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Greyhound Rural Feeder Service Program <ul><li>How Local In-kind Match Pilot Project works: </li></ul><ul><li>5311(f) Formula Local Match Option </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 Actual Operating Cost $100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 Project Cost $150,000 </li></ul><ul><li>- 50,000 less Fares - 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>50,000 Deficit 100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>- 25,000 50% 5311(f) - 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>$ 25,000 50% local match $ 50,000* </li></ul><ul><li>* At about $2.00 per mile (50% of Greyhound’s total operating cost), the project would need 25,000 annual Greyhound miles to match the project. </li></ul><ul><li>* Greyhound agrees in writing to make this in-kind donation to the project. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>WSDOT collaborates with area stakeholders to identify intercity </li></ul><ul><li>transportation needs and levels of service for each route. </li></ul><ul><li>Each RFP is drafted for a specific route. RFP is published </li></ul><ul><li>statewide for maximum response potential. </li></ul><ul><li>Providers respond to the RFP with their proposals for meeting </li></ul><ul><li>specified service criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-proposal conference held prior to final review. </li></ul><ul><li>A diverse panel of regional stakeholders reviews each of the </li></ul><ul><li>proposals, scores each to select the one which meets the </li></ul><ul><li>service criteria, and reflects the best overall public interest </li></ul><ul><li>value. </li></ul>RFP Process and Contract Award
    6. 6. RFP Criteria <ul><li>Realistic schedule connections with interstate, regional and local </li></ul><ul><li>providers. </li></ul><ul><li>A sound and sustainable business plan which includes marketing, revenue recovery from fares, freight handling and contracts. </li></ul><ul><li>ADA compliant service vehicles and accommodations for bicycles. </li></ul><ul><li>Interline agreements with Greyhound, Amtrak & other intercity carriers. </li></ul><ul><li>FMCSA authority to connect with interstate carriers. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal certifications and assurances regarding insurance and </li></ul><ul><li>drug/alcohol compliance. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Project funded with FTA 5311(f) funding and local “in-kind” match provided by Greyhound’s unsubsidized capital costs </li></ul><ul><li>Definition includes rural feeder service segments to interstate trunk-line Greyhound service in Washington. </li></ul><ul><li>The service schedules will help meet regional travel needs in addition to making the Greyhound connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Initial three rural feeder routes are: </li></ul>Travel Washington Intercity Bus Travel Washington Grapeline- Walla Walla to Tri-Cities Travel Washington Dungenessline- Port Angeles to SeaTac Travel Washington Appleline- Omak to Ellensburg (October 2008)
    8. 8. Travel Washington Grapeline
    9. 9. Travel Washington Grapeline <ul><li>With the Greyhound Rural Feeder Service program and FTA local in-kind match pilot in place: WSDOT established the model process for creating feeder service to/from Walla Walla to the Tri-Cities. </li></ul><ul><li>The project was designed to meet all FTA requirements for the 5311(f) program, including scheduled connections with Greyhound. </li></ul><ul><li>WSDOT & Greyhound staff cooperated on the development of service schedules. </li></ul><ul><li>WSDOT held numerous local and regional public meetings to obtain input in service design. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Travel Washington Grapeline <ul><li>Project Status: </li></ul><ul><li>WSDOT completed the RFP process and selected a service provider July 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>The provider completed all the steps for service start up in September 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Provider has schedule connections with Greyhound, Amtrak and two local transit agencies. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Travel Washington Grapeline <ul><li>WSDOT conducted a competitive RFP process that clearly presented service requirements, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescribed routing & scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service name: Travel Washington Grapeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Days of service: 7 days per week, 365 days per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain NBTA membership for revenue sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secure FMCSA and Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission (WUTC) authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure Greyhound ticketing capability for service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggressively market the service under Travel Washington brand </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Travel Washington Intercity Bus <ul><li>Customer ticketing: </li></ul><ul><li>All Travel Washington customers are able to buy a one-way or round trip ticket in several ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greyhound’s toll-free telephone information center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online through www.greyhound.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By phone (or in person) through Travel Washington providers, using Greyhound-supplied software and ticket printer (MAXX system) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customers buy tickets in advance or on the day of travel </li></ul><ul><li>Tickets, issued in multiple parts, will include travel on Travel Washington and Greyhound (to their final destination) </li></ul>
    13. 13. Travel Washington Intercity Bus <ul><li>Reconciling ticket revenues: </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Washington providers & Greyhound both sell tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>If Travel Washington provider sells the ticket, they will collect the fare for all segments of the trip including Greyhound segments. </li></ul><ul><li>If Greyhound sells the ticket, Greyhound will collect the fare for all segments of the trip including Travel Washington provider segments. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of each month, Travel Washington providers and Greyhound reconcile ticket revenue collected by both and reimburse the other for any ticket revenue owed. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Travel Washington Intercity Bus <ul><li>Unique marketing of statewide intercity bus service. </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized branding of vehicles. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Travel Washington Intercity Bus Network
    16. 16. The Result <ul><li>Consistent and sustainable high quality service </li></ul><ul><li>Increased community and regional awareness of services </li></ul><ul><li>More regional interconnectivity and mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Increased coordination amongst interstate and regional providers </li></ul>

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