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Greater Mankato Transit Redesign Study Study Overview and Initial Existing Conditions September 2011. In association with : LSA Design and Public Solutions. Meeting Schedule. Welcome and Introductions Review of Project Scope and Schedule Overview of Existing Conditions

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Greater mankato transit redesign study study overview and initial existing conditions

Greater Mankato Transit Redesign Study

Study Overview and Initial Existing Conditions

September 2011

In association with:

LSA Design and Public Solutions


Meeting schedule

Meeting Schedule

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Review of Project Scope and Schedule

  • Overview of Existing Conditions

  • Guided Small Group Discussion of Study Goals, Key Issues and Priorities

  • Large Group Discussion and Wrap-Up


Project scope and schedule

Project Scope and Schedule


Study context

Study Context

  • Significant increase in the number of seniors and immigrants residing in the greater Mankato area and an increase in the number of multi-family housing units, both for university students as well as senior citizens.

  • Significant street redesign within Mankato and roadway limitations.

  • Desire to develop an accessible mass transit system

  • Desire to expand frequency and hours of transit service.

  • Desire to improve connectivity, coverage and directness of service.

  • Desire to explore the feasibility of a regional and inter-regional multimodal transportation system.


Primary study objectives

Primary Study Objectives

  • Assess and redesign the existing transit system

    • Mankato and North Mankato

  • Further develop a phased implementation plan for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

    • As developed conceptually in MATAPS

  • Evaluate the potential for a four-county regional transit system

    • Connections between the region and the greater Mankato area


Study area

Study Area

  • Mankato/North Mankato

    • City of Mankato

    • City of North Mankato

    • MSU, Mankato

  • Four County Area

    • Blue Earth County

    • Nicollet County

    • Le Sueur County

    • Waseca County


Work scope and study schedule

Work Scope and Study Schedule

We are here

Project

Initiation

Existing

Conditions

Preservation and Contraction Service Scenarios

Regional Service Plan

Draft and Final Transit Redesign Study

  • Data Collection

  • Community Profile

  • Review of Previous Planning Efforts

  • Evaluation of Existing Services

  • Community Survey

  • Inventory of Existing Facilities

  • Marketing and Branding Evaluation

  • Website

  • Four County Area

Expansion & BRT Service Scenarios

  • Mankato and North Mankato

PMT, Advisory and Steering Committees & Public Input


Review of existing conditions

Review of Existing Conditions


Study background

Study Background

  • Overview of previous planning efforts

    • Envision 2020 Annual Report

    • Mankato Area Transportation and Planning Study (MATAPS)

      • BRT Concept Plan

    • South Central Minnesota Rural Transit Needs Assessment (2009)

    • City Center Renaissance Plan

    • Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan

    • 2010 MnDOT Transit Report

    • MSU-Mankato Master Plan

    • Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices

    • 2010 Transit Survey

    • Current and future land use plans

MSU Mankato Master Plan

Regional route with feeder network recommended in South Central Minnesota Rural Transit Needs Assessment


Study background1

Study Background

  • Summary of Key Issues and Findings from Previous Studies

    • There is a significant increase in the number of seniors and immigrants residing within Mankato/North Mankato and an increase in the number of multi-family housing units, both for university students as well as senior citizens.

    • Significant street redesign within Mankato. Roadway limitations.

    • Three areas of examination: Redesign of existing bus route, phased implementation of a BRT system, and possibility of a four county system that is interconnected with the Greater Mankato System.

    • Develop an accessible mass transit system; regional and inter-regional multimodal transportation system.

    • Expand frequency and hours of transit service.

    • Improve connectivity, coverage and directness of service.


Study background2

Study Background

  • Streamlined service connecting multiple hubs

  • Limited stops

  • Enhanced vehicles and passenger amenities

  • Focus on speed and reliability


Demographics and travel patterns

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Where Workers Live (North Mankato and Mankato)


Demographics and travel patterns1

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Where Workers Work (North Mankato and Mankato)


Demographics and travel patterns2

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Where Workers Live (4 county area)


Demographics and travel patterns3

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Where Workers Work (4 County Area)


Demographics and travel patterns4

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Population Density (North Mankato and Mankato)


Demographics and travel patterns5

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Income (North Mankato and Mankato)


Demographics and travel patterns6

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Language Spoken at Home (North Mankato and Mankato)


Demographics and travel patterns7

Demographics and Travel Patterns

  • Auto Ownership (North Mankato and Mankato)


Existing transit services

Existing Transit Services


Existing transit services city routes

Existing Transit Services – City Routes


Existing transit services city routes1

Existing Transit Services – City Routes


Existing transit services msu mankato routes

Existing Transit Services – MSU, Mankato Routes


Existing transit services msu mankato routes1

Existing Transit Services – MSU, Mankato Routes


Existing transit services demand response

Existing Transit Services – Demand Response

  • Mobility Bus

    • Complementary paratransit to fixed route service

    • Fare is $3.00

    • Requires a medical certification

  • Dial-A-Ride

    • For travel to or from West Mankato to connect with a fixed route bus on Cherry Street

    • Fare is $1.50

    • Reservation only


Existing transit services regional services

Existing Transit Services - Regional Services

  • Le Sueur Heartland Express

    • Route Deviation/Dial-A-ride, Route Guarantee and Subscription Transportation Service.

    • For residents of Le Sueur

    • Weekdays: 7 AM to 4:30 PM

    • Weekends: No Service

    • Base Fare: $2.00


Existing transit services regional services1

Existing Transit Services – Regional Services

  • St. Peter Transit

    • Dial-A-Ride Service

    • Serving the Cities of St. Peter and Kasota

    • Weekdays: 7 AM to 8 PM (Kasota: 10 AM to 4:30 PM)

    • Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM (Kasota: 12 PM to 2:30 PM)

    • Base Fare: $1.75 (St. Peter) $2.25 (Kasota)


Existing transit services other providers

Existing Transit Services – Other Providers

  • Land to Air Express

    • Local Airport Shuttle; Mankato, St. Peter, Le Sueur, Belle Plaine, Jordan, MSP International Airport, U of M, and Amtrak.

    • Round trip $65

    • Beginning October 25, 2011; daily service between New Ulm, Mankato and Rochester.

  • Jefferson Lines

    • College Connection regional service to the Twin Cities, with stop in St. Peter.

    • Weekday and Weekend service

    • Round trip from $25.50 – $27.25

  • VINE

    • Volunteer based initiative serving Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties.

    • For people over 60 or in those in need.

    • People to Job Program


2010 transit survey

2010 Transit Survey


2010 transit survey1

2010 Transit Survey


2010 transit survey2

2010 Transit Survey


Study goals key issues and priorities brt route redesign advisory committee

Study Goals, Key Issues and PrioritiesBRT/Route Redesign Advisory Committee


Your feedback

Your Feedback

  • How do you feel about the transit services currently being provided in Mankato and North Mankato?

    • Do you feel services are adequately meeting the needs?

    • If not, why not? Be specific about the needs that are not being met?

  • What are the major challenges Mankato and North Mankato are facing with regard to transportation?

    • Ability for transit to offer competitive travel times?

    • Traffic congestion?

    • Integration with other modes – bike, ped, etc.

    • Land use patterns

  • What services are being provided well that can be built upon?

    • What needs are not being met or need improvement?


Your feedback1

Your Feedback

  • What should be the purpose of transit service in Mankato and North Mankato?

    • Service for people who do not have any other transportation options? To get cars off the road? Discuss the coverage and productivity tradeoffs

  • Should transit service be expanded inside of the greater Mankato area?

    • Service elsewhere in Mankato and North Mankato? Specific places it should be going?

    • Longer service hours? Greater frequency?

    • Route design, # of transfers?

    • What are your thoughts about streamlining service (i.e., Bus Rapid Transit)?

  • Should transit service be expanded outside of the greater Mankato area?

    • Regional service beyond the Mankato area? Where? How often?

    • What type of service? Regional commute service? Local transit services?


Study goals key issues and priorities regional advisory committee

Study Goals, Key Issues and PrioritiesRegional Advisory Committee


Your feedback2

Your Feedback

  • How do you feel about the transit services currently being provided in the four county area (Nicollet/Blue Earth/Le Sueur/Waseca Counties)?

    • Do you feel existing services in Le Sueur and St. Peter are adequately meeting the needs?

    • If not, why not? Be specific about the needs that are not being met?

  • What are the major challenges the four county area is facing with regard to transportation?

    • Access to work?

    • Access to basic services (shopping, medical, etc.)?

    • Local service for people who have no other transportation option?

    • Service to colleges/schools?

  • What services are being provided well that can be built upon?

    • What needs are not being met or need improvement?


Your feedback3

Your Feedback

  • What should be the purpose of transit service be in the four county area?

    • Service for people who do not have any other transportation options? Commuters? Students? Regional service? Local service?

    • How does this differ by county?

  • Is there a need to travel to the greater Mankato area or to the Twin Cities?

    • For what purposes?

    • How does this differ by county?

  • Are private transportation providers adequately meeting needs?

    • Jefferson Lines?


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