Agenda. Open House 6:00 PM Review materials Ask questions Provide feedback Sign up for email list Fill out comment cards Presentation 6:30 PM Questions & Answers Open House 7:00 PM. Public Open House #2 February 28 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Neighborhood House. Introductions.
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Agenda • Open House 6:00 PM • Review materials • Ask questions • Provide feedback • Sign up for email list • Fill out comment cards • Presentation 6:30 PM • Questions & Answers • Open House 7:00PM
Public Open House #2February 286:00 PM – 8:00 PMNeighborhood House
Introductions • Who is on the Project Team? • Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority • Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority • Consultant Team (led by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.)
Purpose of Open House • Why are we here today? • Provide information on: • Project progress since Open House #1 • Final Purpose and Need Statement • Preliminary Screening Results • Get your input on: • Preliminary alternatives for detailed evaluation
Project Update • September Open House • September 12 & 13 • 39 attendees • Feedback provided on: • Project Purpose & Need • Project Goals & Objectives • Alignment & Mode Alternatives
Project Update What is a Transitway? “Transitways include bus and rail transit that enable fast, reliable travel times and an improved passenger experience on high-demand corridors in the region. Transitways help travelers avoid congestion by providing a dedicated right-of-way or other transit advantages such as ramp meter bypasses, signal priority or bus-only shoulders. Transitways link major employment centers and destinations in the region and promote transit-oriented development patterns.” (TPP, Chapter 7 “Transit”)
Project Update • Project Purpose • The purpose of the Robert Street Transitway is to provide the necessary transit infrastructure and service to meet the long-term regional mobility and local accessibility needs between downtown St. Paul and areas within Dakota County. • Project Need • Forecasted growth in travel demand • Limited transit service and time-efficient transit options • Needs of people who depend on transit • Roadway congestion and shift toward multimodal investments • Regional objectives for growth
Screening Process What is Part of screening? Describe the initial modes and alignments considered for the Robert Street Transitway AA Describe screening criteria Present screening results Identify next steps for alternatives development
Screening Criteria Does the segment… …run north-south within the study area? …serve downtown St. Paul? …fit the preferred context for a transitway? Screen 1: Project Purpose
Screening Criteria Does the segment serve… …population? …employment? …transit dependence? …key activity centers? Screen 2: Ridership Potential
Screening Criteria Does the alignment match the mode’s… …recommended facility type? …typical system length? …physical needs? Screen 3: Mode
Project Timeline Open House #3 is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2013.
Next Steps Today • What’s next today? • We invite you to: • Review materials • Ask questions • Sign up for email list • Fill out comment cards • Provide feedback on preliminary alternatives
Transit Planning Basics • What is successful transit? • Transit that carries people • Transit that is a cost-effective use of public funding • Transit that supports efficient development
Transit Planning Basics • What to consider when Planning transitways • How can the investment… • Improve customer service • Convenient, frequent direct service • Travel time competitive • Cost savings: vehicle, fuel, parking • Improve parking availability and cost • Downtown Minneapolis, Downtown St. Paul, U of M • Relieve congestion • Better serve employment and population densities
Transit Planning Basics Local Bus BRT Streetcar Light Rail Vehicles and Stations
Transit Planning Basics Platform Components
Transit Planning Basics Park-and-Ride Components