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TPB Access for All (AFA) Advisory Committee Presentation of the 2003 Report to the TPB

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  1. TPB Access for All (AFA) Advisory CommitteePresentation ofthe 2003 Report to the TPB Kathy Porter, AFA Chair April 21, 2004

  2. AFA Overview • Established in 2001 to advise the TPB on transportation issues, programs and services important to communities not typically part of the planning process: • Low-Income Communities; • Minority Communities; and • Persons with Disabilities • Committee members consist of TPB- appointed community leaders and ex officio membership from regional implementing agencies

  3. The 2003 Report • Many issues build upon and expand those presented in March 2002 • The AFA committee hopes that the TPB and implementing agencies consider the recommendations presented today • Recent AFA reports and briefings to the TPB: • June 18, 2003 • October 15, 2003 • December 17, 2003 • January 21, 2004 • The report outlines four recommendations and five future focus areas

  4. Recommendations

  5. Recommendation 1: Develop More Effective Communication of Regional Transit Information • Clear and concise transit information • The use of symbols, rather than words, to communicate rail and bus information was highly recommended • Improve transit information for limited English speakers • WMATA has implemented several AFA recommendations, including a video for LEP groups on how to use the bus and rail system, and plans to add a Spanish greeting and option on the general information line

  6. Recommendation 2:Prioritize Regional and Local Transportation Services for Low-Income Populations • In light of current budget concerns and planned rail projects, the AFA stresses that bus service levels should be maintained for current transit-dependent customers • Reverse commute services need to be expanded to allow improved access to jobs • Pedestrian and bicycle safety programs should continue to pay close attention to low-income populations

  7. Recommendation 3:Improve Transit Services for People with Disabilities • Coordinate efforts to encourage more people with disabilities to use bus and rail with local transit systems throughout the region • Improve the reliability of the bus and rail systems to attract and retain the riders with disabilities • Conduct a comprehensive study of MetroAccess for the best and most cost-effective ways to serve the greatest number of people

  8. Recommendation 4:Promote More Development around Transit Stations, But Take Care of the Community that’s Already There • The AFA committee would like to see more development around transit stations, especially on the eastern side of the region • State and local policies should make provisions to mitigate potentially negative impacts from such development, such as the increased housing costs and displacement

  9. Future Focus Areas • Follow-up on today’s AFA recommendations • Raise awareness on pedestrian and bicycle access and safety issues for transportation disadvantaged groups • Explore implications of the “Region Undivided” scenario in the Regional Mobility and Accessibility Study • Provide input on access to jobs and reverse-commute services • Review impacts of the long-range transportation plan on low-income and minority communities