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Eastern Shore Public Transit Study. Gresham Smith & Partners McDonald Transit Associates February 2008. Purpose of the Study. Identify transportation needs for residents, employers, and visitors in the cities of Daphne, Fairhope, and Spanish Fort

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eastern shore public transit study

Eastern ShorePublic Transit Study

Gresham Smith & Partners

McDonald Transit Associates

February 2008

purpose of the study
Purpose of the Study
  • Identify transportation needs for residents, employers, and visitors in the cities of Daphne, Fairhope, and Spanish Fort
  • Develop financially feasible recommendations to meet those needs
background
Background
  • County population projected to increase by 29%
  • In the three cities:
    • 35% increase in population over 10 years
    • 35% increase in traffic congestion over 10 years
    • Traffic and population growing at 3% each year
pending improvements
Pending Improvements
  • New bridge crossing at I-10
  • Widening SR 181/CR 27
  • Widening CR 13
auto ownership
AutoOwnership

% of Households with <1 available automobile

public meetings
Public Meetings
  • 65 attendees at 3 meetings
  • Generally supportive of public transit
  • Need good marketing efforts
  • Need to change people’s mindsets to get them to ride
  • Service would need to be all day, not just 8 to 5
  • Must engage employers
public meetings1
Public Meetings
  • Need connectivity; emphasis on sidewalks and bicycle access
  • Roads need to be safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Discussion about various funding ideas
  • Need service for commuters to Mobile, Pensacola
  • Need ferry service across bay
  • Must be reasonably priced
stakeholder interviews
Stakeholder Interviews
  • Few of the transportation needs are being met today
  • Service not available all day or in evenings
  • There is a need for transit service because of:
    • Aging population
    • Cost of fuel
    • Congestion
    • Tourism
stakeholder interviews1
Stakeholder Interviews
  • Service should be provided to all major employers, shopping areas, medical centers, Mobile, Pensacola
  • Many barriers, including;
    • How to get funding
    • Community perception of transit
    • Large area with little density
    • Lack of interest in public transportation
stakeholder interviews2
Stakeholder Interviews
  • Most do not see enough support for a local tax to fund transit service
  • Need for public transit services will increase
  • Do not see a parking problem, with exception of Downtown Daphne
  • BRATS had mixed reviews; generally seen as not adequate to meet needs
baylinc rider survey
Baylinc Rider Survey
  • Conducted by BRATS January 2008
  • 20 respondents
  • 45% use Baylinc 5 days/week
  • 45% use it 3-4 days/week
  • 100% use service to/from work
  • 15% (3) needed to transfer
  • Some comments on comfort of vehicles (more leg room, temperature)
  • Requested additional trips
brats
BRATS
  • Demand-response based system
  • Provides fixed route service from specific sites with timed transfers to other parts of county
  • Monday through Friday 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Special contract service on weekends
  • Efficient mode for large employer transportation (drop off at one location)
service options
Service Options
  • Based on analysis and input develop list of possible services
  • Take an evolving approach
  • Be specific enough now to engage public in next round of meetings
  • Present in unbiased way
option a
OPTION A
  • Enhance BRATS
    • Increase number of vehicles serving area
    • Add more trips to Baylinc
    • Maintain demand response and subscription basis of service
option b
OPTION B
  • Enhance BRATS
  • Add carpool and vanpool program
    • Work through SARPC
    • Carpool matching first
    • Vanpools as demand warrants
    • Work closely with employers
option c
OPTION C
  • Enhance BRATS
  • Add carpool and vanpool program
  • Add bus routes
    • Six days a week to start
    • At least 12 hours per day
    • Full size bus on Route 1
    • Small buses on all other routes
bus routes
BUS ROUTES
  • Enhanced Baylinc
    • 3 trips in rush hours
    • 1 trip every 2 hours during the day
    • Connection to all other Eastern Shore routes and BRATS
route 1
ROUTE 1
  • Highway 98 Spanish Fort to Fairhope
  • 30 minute frequency
  • 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Monday through Saturday
  • Timed transfers at Thomas Hospital
route 2
ROUTE 2
  • Daphne Local
  • 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Monday through Saturday
  • Sixty minute frequency
  • Positive connection with Route 1 at Park and Highway 98
route 3
ROUTE 3
  • Fairhope East West Resort
  • Marriot Grand - downtown Fairhope – Thomas Hospital
  • Sixty minute frequency
  • 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Monday through Saturday
  • Positive connection at hospital – Route 1 and 4
route 4
ROUTE 4
  • Fairhope – North South Local
  • Sixty minute frequency
  • 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Monday through Saturday
  • Positive connection at hospital – Route 1 and 4
next steps
Next Steps
  • Finish BRATS customer survey
  • Complete stakeholder interviews
  • Develop order of magnitude funding scenarios
  • Develop conceptual patronage estimates
next steps1
Next Steps
  • Take final options to public meetings
  • Fine tune recommendations
  • Develop implementation plan
  • Final report to the Chamber
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