Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Feedback sought for Metro's draft regional transit plan

Beginning today, the public will have several opportunities to view and provide input on Metro's draft transit improvement plan.

Metro, the provider of more than 17 million bus rides annually, last updated its regional transit plan in 2008. The addition of new technologies, ever-shifting demographics and the development of new destinations and employment centers has led the agency to revisit how it can best serve the community's transportation needs.

The result is Way to Go, a series of short-term solutions and long-term recommendations developed through market research, surveys, and extensive public feedback performed by Metro since March.

Short-term solutions identified in the draft plan, which can be implemented using existing funding, include changes to 17 existing bus routes and the addition of a Metro*Plus bus rapid transit (BRT) demonstration project that would connect Downtown and Kenwood via Montgomery Road, announced late last month.

Long-term recommendations include full BRT service, additional crosstown routes, neighborhood circulators, more express buses and park-and-ride locations, call-and-ride zones, transit centers and upgraded stops, and additional shelters. Changes also would be made to eight high-ridership routes, improving bus frequency and capacity.

The public open houses will be held:
Those unable to attend any of this week's open houses can view all of the materials and add their comments online.

Metro anticipates presenting the completed plan to the community next spring.

Previous reading on BC:
Montgomery Road Metro*Plus service to be precursor to bus rapid transit (10/31/12)
Metro announces plans for $6.9M Uptown Transit District (10/23/12)
$2.5M FTA grant to provide Metro with six more 'mini-hybrid' buses (7/25/12)
Cincinnati group attends intensive bus rapid transit workshop (3/29/12)
Metro to update regional transit plan, study Uptown service (3/15/12)