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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


Employment concentrations
EmploymentConcentrations


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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