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Charlotte Area Transit System Sprinter Enhanced Bus Project Implementation. NCAMPO Conference May 2012 Travis Pollack, AICP. Presentation Overview. Definition of Enhanced Bus Development of CATS Enhanced Bus Service Characteristics Implementation of First Enhanced Bus Line Lessons Learned.

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Charlotte area transit system sprinter enhanced bus project implementation

Charlotte Area Transit SystemSprinter Enhanced Bus Project Implementation

NCAMPO Conference

May 2012

Travis Pollack, AICP


Presentation overview
Presentation Overview

  • Definition of Enhanced Bus

  • Development of CATS Enhanced Bus Service Characteristics

  • Implementation of First Enhanced Bus Line

  • Lessons Learned


Cats 2030 transit plan
CATS 2030 Transit Plan

  • 5 High Capacity Corridors

  • Blue Line LRT opened 2008

  • Streetcar recommendedfor Center City and WestCorridor to Airport

  • Projected Airport/West Corridor completion date - 2034

  • Begin “premium service” onWest Corridor in interim


What is enhanced bus
What is Enhanced Bus?

  • Runs in mixed traffic

  • Moderate to significant operations improvements

  • New vehicles

  • Improved stops/amenities (shelters, signage, including variable message signs)


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What is Enhanced Bus?

  • Isn’t “Enhanced Bus” Bus Rapid Transit?

  • (No.)

Enhanced Bus

Bus Rapid Transit


Defining enhanced bus
Defining Enhanced Bus

  • Review of Enhanced Bus in North America: LA Metro Rapid

    • 3 to 10 min. headways

    • Some signal prioritization

    • ¾ mile stop spacing

    • Distinctive color scheme

    • Shelters and real-time info

    • Stops serve only Metro Rapid

    • 28 routes, 450 route miles


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Defining Enhanced Bus

  • Review of Enhanced Bus in North America: Kansas City MAX

    • 2 routes, 15 miles, 9 to 15 min. headways

    • Some exclusive lanes & signal prioritization

    • Standard shelters, signs and lighting (“monuments”)

    • Named stops


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Defining Enhanced Bus

  • Review of Enhanced Bus in North America: Las Vegas MAX

    • 12 miles, 2 routes, some exclusive lanes

    • Named stops, TVM, level boarding

    • Distinctive vehicle


Sprinter enhanced bus characteristics
Sprinter Enhanced Bus Characteristics

  • 10-20 min. service headways all day

  • Limited stops, possibly with signal priority

  • Consistent amenities at stops – public art, distinctive shelters, signage

  • Variable message signs at high ridership locations

  • New vehicles with hybrid technology

  • Unambiguous routing with clear route info at stops

  • Distinctive “brand” – separate from other CATS services (“Sprinter”)


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Sprinter Enhanced Bus Characteristics

  • Sprinter Manual – Elements at Stops

  • *Minimum standards only apply with zoning or other regulations prohibit Standard or Premium elements





Sprinter implementation
Sprinter Implementation

  • Overlay or replace service?

    • Sprinter Airport replaces Rt. 5

    • Stop spacing: ½ to 1 mile (Overlay= 1 to 2 miles)

  • Analyze existing ridership, stops, existing/future markets

  • Evaluate routing

    • Efficiencies

    • Overall travel time

  • Agency & Public coordination


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Sprinter Implementation

  • First Sprinter Line: Replace Rt. 5 to Airport

  • Analyzed O/D rider survey data, stop data

  • Findings:

    • Riders heavily transit dependent

    • Mostly connect to/from other lines

    • High proportion of work/home trips

    • Non-standard work shifts (Airport)

    • 37 stops each way – only 12 had at least 10 riders/day


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Sprinter Implementation

  • Insert Fig. 1 map


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Sprinter Implementation

  • Insert Fig. 1 map


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Sprinter Implementation

  • Stop Analysis – reduced number of stops from 37 to 17

  • Need to continue service transit dependent neighborhoods, interface with other routes

  • Want competitive travel time for choice riders

  • New downtown routing – serve hotels, arena and convention center if feasible


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Sprinter Implementation

  • Center City Route Analysis

Old Bus Rt. 5


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Sprinter Implementation

  • Stop Site Selection: more difficult than imagined

    • Near existing signalized intersections

    • Far side of intersection (if feasible)

    • Must connect to sidewalk network (ADA)

    • Available power supply (lighting/VMS)

    • Clear sight lines

    • Away from driveways

    • If possible, at or near existing bus stop

    • If possible, within public right-of-way

    • NCDOT clear zone requirements* *(if on NCDOT controlled roadway)


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Sprinter Implementation

420 ft.

110 ft.

210 ft.

530 ft.


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Sprinter Implementation

  • Implementation Issues

    • Securing easement (condemnation)

    • NCDOT clear zone requirements & shelter approval

    • Duke Energy (pole, power and meter for VMS)

    • Shelter, signage & vehicle procurement

    • Approval/cooperation from other City departments

    • Contractors


Sprinter enhanced bus
Sprinter Enhanced Bus

Official Opening: September 2009




Sprinter airport service

Airport

Sprinter Airport Service

Route 5

AM and PM Peak

Every 30 minutes

Every 20 minutes

Mid-day and Evening

Hourly

Every 20 minutes

Night (after 7 PM)

Hourly

Every 30 minutes(hourly after 10 PM)

Weekends

Hourly

Every 30 minutes

Average Trip Time (CTC to Airport)

25 to 29 minutes

21 to 23 minutes

Number of Stops

Approximately 36 (one way)

17 (one way)


Sprinter enhanced bus results
Sprinter Enhanced Bus: Results

  • CATS Sprinter: 62% increase, FY08-FY12

  • Rest of CATS Local Bus: 2%-3% increase, FY08-FY12



Sprinter enhanced bus lessons learned
Sprinter Enhanced Bus: Lessons Learned

  • Start early

    • Routing, stops, easements, procurement, outreach

  • Develop service parameters and follow them

    • Document what Enhanced Bus means, how it differs from other services

  • Consider short-term &long-term goals for service

    • Existing riders, new riders, future transit

  • It can work, and can be done inexpensively

    • CATS Sprinter: $20K to $35K per stop


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Sprinter Enhanced Bus

More information:

Travis Pollack, AICP

704.375.2438 Ext. 16

[email protected]

or CATS website:

www.ridetransit.org



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