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Making the Case for Transit: Valdosta Pilot Shuttle Program

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Overview of transit in Valdosta Georgia .

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Making the Case for Transit: Valdosta Pilot Shuttle Program

  1. 1. Making the Case for Transit: The Valdosta Pilot Shuttle Program
  2. 2. Southern Georgia Regional Commission • 18 Counties, 45 cities, 410,000 people • Regional Pop.- 51% rural and 49% urban • 5,142,474 acres of rural pine forests, national wetlands, and agricultural farmland • 11 counties with 5311 Rural Transit services
  3. 3. DHS/5311 Coordinated Transportation DHS/5311 Non-Coordinated Transportation Valdosta Urbanized Area DHS Human Service Transportation
  4. 4. Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Area • Metropolitan status since 2001 • 55k population in Valdosta City Limit • 77k population in Valdosta Urbanized Area • 110k population in Lowndes County • 1 of 25 urbanized areas nation wide that do not have fixed route transit (489 total UZAs)
  5. 5. Valdosta Urbanized Area Transit Study • In FY16 the SGRC contracted with Tindale- Oliver to develop an implementation plan for public transit in the Valdosta Urbanized Area • Coincide with DHS Pilot Program to utilize real time data and trends • Urban Transit has been studied twice since 2006
  6. 6. Why a Fixed Route Shuttle? • In Region 11, DHS applied for the 5317 New Freedom grant from GDOT/FTA to expand the base of eligible clients needing transportation • The program had to be a new, never previously funded service, that went beyond ADA requirements, and serve elderly, disable, and low-income persons
  7. 7. How do we identify “elderly, disabled, and low income” individuals? “A Report on Key Indicators for Establishing Environmental Justice in Transportation Planning in Lowndes County, 2015”
  8. 8. Environmental Justice Matrix Tracts Minorities Elderly Poverty Veh. Access Spanish Education Sum Tracts 101.01 0 101.01 101.02 1 1 101.02 101.03 0 101.03 102.01 1 1 102.01 102.02 1 1 102.02 103.01 0 103.01 103.02 0 103.02 104.01 0 104.01 104.02 1 1 104.02 105 1 1 1 1 4 105 106.01 1 1 106.01 106.04 0 106.04 107 0 107 108 1 1 1 1 4 108 109 1 1 109 110 1 1 1 1 4 110 111 1 1 111 112 1 1 112 113.01 1 1 2 113.01 113.02 1 1 1 1 1 5 113.02 114.01 1 1 2 114.01 114.02 1 1 2 114.02 114.03 0 114.03 115 0 115 116 1 1 116
  9. 9. Community Partners
  10. 10. How do we track ridership?
  11. 11. Tracking Ridership @ SGRC Mildred Hunter JP Rodgers Industrial Park Walmart Goodwill Valdosta Mall Library/SGMC Lee/Ann St Downtown Total On 9 1 1 2 9 2 4 Total Off 7 3 1 1 9 5 1 Mildred Hunter JP Rodgers Industrial Park Walmart Goodwill Valdosta Mall Library/SGMC Lee/Ann St Downtown 7 to 8 3 8 to 9 1 1 2 1 9 to 10 2 1 1 1 10 to 11 1 1 3 2 11 to 12 2 12 to 1 1 1 4 1 to 2 1 2 2 2 2 to 3 1 1 2 1 3 to 4 1 1 1 4 to 5 2 1 1 1 1 5 to 6 3 3 Total # of Riders 17
  12. 12. Ridership by Location by Time of Day 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 7 to 8 8 to 9 9 to 10 10 to 11 11 to 12 12 to 1 1 to 2 2 to 3 3 to 4 4 to 5 5 to 6 Downtown Lee/Ann St Library/SGMC Valdosta Mall Goodwill Walmart Industrial Park JP Rodgers Mildred Hunter
  13. 13. Southern Route Daily Rider Totals 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Nov.23 Nov.28 Dec.3 Dec.8 Dec.12 Dec.17 Dec.22 Dec.29 Jan.4 Jan.8 Jan.13 Jan.19 Jan.23 Jan.28 Feb.2 Feb.6 Feb.11 Feb.16 Feb.20 Feb.25 Mar.1 Mar.5 Mar.10 Mar.15 Mar.19 Mar.24 Mar.30 Apr.4 Apr.8 Apr.13 Apr.18 Apr.22 Apr.27 May.2 May.6 May.11 May.16 May.20 May.25
  14. 14. Avg. Daily Ridership by Month 5.00 7.00 9.00 11.00 13.00 15.00 17.00 19.00 21.00 23.00 25.00 Nov. Avg Dec. Avg. Jan. Avg. Feb. Avg. Mar. Avg. Apr. Avg. May Avg.
  15. 15. Tindale-Oliver Community Survey Data • 512 responses from Feb. 1 - Mar. 31 • 74% - feel need for public transit • 21% - no vehicle 74% 9% 4% 10% Definitely Not At All Not Sure Somewhat
  16. 16. If reliable public transportation service were available within the Valdosta area, would you consider using the service? No 19% Yes 78% Undecided 3%
  17. 17. How often would you likely use public transit? 1 to 2 days per week 19% 3 to 4 days per week 31% 5 or more days per week 48% Less than once per week 2% 1 to 2 days per week 19% 3 to 4 days per week 31% 5 or more days per week 48% Less than once per week 2%
  18. 18. How should public transit be funded? 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Other I do not think public transit should be funded Millage Rate Increase Ad Valorem Tax Increase Sales Tax Increase Advertising Revenues Rider User Fees 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Other I do not think public transit should be funded Millage Rate Increase Ad Valorem Tax Increase Sales Tax Increase Advertising Revenues Rider User Fees
  19. 19. Where would you like it to go? 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Walgreens - Baytree Troupeville/Brooks County Other Ora Lee West Area Mildred Hunter Center/Hudson-Docket Stone Creek/Grove Point Forrest St./Park Ave. Castle Park/Piggly Wiggly City of Hahira Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd. Moody Air Force Base Wiregrass Tech Bemiss Road towards Moody Dept. of Labor/Dept. of Health Northside Drive/VSU North Campus/Bemiss Road Baytree Rd/City of Remerton VSU Five Points South Georgia Medical Center/South Georgia Regional Library Inner Perimeter Road Downtown Valdosta Valdosta Mall Area/Norman Dr
  20. 20. Northern Ridership by Time of Day by Stop 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 7 to 8 8 to 9 9 to 10 10 to 11 11 to 12 12 to 1 1 to 2 2 to 3 3 to 4 4 to 5 5 to 6 Azalea Towers Convergys Walmart Five Points Wiregrass eLead/Fresh VA Clinic SGMC Library
  21. 21. Northern Route Daily Rider Totals 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Mar. 14 Mar. 16 Mar. 18 Mar. 21 Mar. 23 Mar. 26 Mar. 29 Mar. 31 Apr. 2 Apr. 5 Apr. 7 Apr. 9 Apr. 12 Apr. 14 Apr. 16 Apr. 19 Apr. 21 Apr. 23 Apr. 26 Apr. 28 Apr. 30 May. 3 May. 5 May. 7 May. 10 May. 12 May. 14 May. 17 May. 19 May. 21 May. 24 May. 26
  22. 22. Avg. Daily Ridership by Month North Route 0.00 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 9.00 10.00 Mar. Avg Apr. Avg. May. Avg.
  23. 23. North and South Daily Rider Totals 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Nov.23 Nov.27 Dec.1 Dec.4 Dec.8 Dec.11 Dec.15 Dec.18 Dec.22 Dec.28 Dec.31 Jan.5 Jan.8 Jan.12 Jan.15 Jan.20 Jan.23 Jan.27 Jan.30 Feb.3 Feb.6 Feb.10 Feb.13 Feb.17 Feb.20 Feb.24 Feb.27 Mar.2 Mar.5 Mar.9 Mar.12 Mar.16 Mar.19 Mar.23 Mar.28 Mar.31 Apr.4 Apr.7 Apr.11 Apr.14 Apr.18 Apr.21 Apr.25 Apr.28 May.2 May.5 May.9 May.12 May.16 May.19 May.23 May.26
  24. 24. Combined Daily Rider Totals 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Nov.23 Nov.27 Dec.1 Dec.4 Dec.8 Dec.11 Dec.15 Dec.18 Dec.22 Dec.28 Dec.31 Jan.5 Jan.8 Jan.12 Jan.15 Jan.20 Jan.23 Jan.27 Jan.30 Feb.3 Feb.6 Feb.10 Feb.13 Feb.17 Feb.20 Feb.24 Feb.27 Mar.2 Mar.5 Mar.9 Mar.12 Mar.16 Mar.19 Mar.23 Mar.28 Mar.31 Apr.4 Apr.7 Apr.11 Apr.14 Apr.18 Apr.21 Apr.25 Apr.28 May.2 May.5 May.9 May.12 May.16 May.19 May.23 May.26
  25. 25. Was it a success? • Did we create a “new, never previously funded service, that went beyond ADA requirements, to serve elderly, disable, and low-income persons?” • Did we generate data for local officials to use in their decision making process? • Did we show a need and demand for public transit?
  26. 26. Lessons Learned • We can’t compare directly to other Urban Transit Systems, because we aren’t one • Partnerships are key • There’s never enough publicity
  27. 27. Contact Information JD Dillard Transit and Mobility Coordinator 229-333-5277 jdillard@sgrc.us

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