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  1. Early findings in the Helena’s Planning Process Lisa Ballard, P.E. November 28, 2012

  2. Services (Fiscal Year 2012) • Checkpoint • Curb-to-curb • East Valley • RMDC senior transportation • Head start • Intercity agent • $1.46 million per year operating & capital budget (FY 2012) Monday-Friday 7am-6pm $1 million operating budget Sources: MDT quarterly reports, City of Helena, Current Transportation

  3. Checkpoint Route

  4. RevenueCheckpoint, Curb to Curb, East Valley: $1 million

  5. Costs and benefits(Fiscal Year 2012) • Checkpoint • Curb-to-curb • East Valley Monday-Friday 7am-6pm $1 million operating budget 115,437 rides Cost per ride: $8.46 Quantified benefit per ride(2002 dollars) Work: $6.96 Service (shopping, recreation): $6.27 Education: $4.03 Medical: $18.52 Per statewide Wisconsin DOT calculations Sources: MDT quarterly reports; City of Helena; Current Transportation; HLB Decision Economics, Inc. (2003) “The Socio-Economic Benefits of Transit in Wisconsin”. Wisconsin DOT.

  6. BenefitsQuantified benefits are a part of total benefits Mobility • Access to jobs/education • Independent living • Medical care savings • Support and savings to Human Services, Education, Labor, etc. • Equity • Option value / emergency response Efficiency • Vehicle costs • Chauffeuring • Congestion mitigation • Parking • Safety, security, and health • Roadway costs • Energy and emissions • Travel time impacts Land use • Land dedicated to transportation • Land use objectives Economic Development • Direct jobs and business activity created by transit expenditures • Shifted expenditures • Agglomeration economies • Transportation efficiencies • Land value impacts

  7. Fixed route and curb-to-curb passengers per hour(FY 2010) Source: Rural National Transit Database (NTD), costs allocated between fixed route and demand response by hours

  8. ServicesHelena Bus & East Valley $1 million operating budget

  9. Survey Headlines • Riders overall are very grateful for HATS • Driver courtesy has the highest ratings • Riders are least satisfied with on time performance and frequency • To ride more • More services • On time performance • Benches & shelters

  10. Current riders have few other choicesAs shown by car ownership… Helena

  11. …and alternative mode of transportation if bus service were not available • 40 minute walk • Find a different job • Take a taxi, but expensive, $12 one way on disability and pregnant • I'm in a wheelchair - stay at home • I'd be screwed Helena

  12. Opportunities to broaden ridership… because of Transportation and Household Costs 41 % 51 % 57 % Realizing the Potential: Expanding Housing Opportunities Near Transit (2007), Reconnecting America

  13. Opportunities to broaden ridership…because of demographic changes • Growing population • Changes in market demand • Millennials • Seniors • 1950’s: 50% households with children • Today: 33% with children

  14. Opportunities to broaden ridership…because of pendulum swings in what people look for in their communities Post 1946 Mid-1990s on Walkable Urban Drivable Suburban Option of Either Source: Brookings Institute 2009

  15. Lisa Ballard, P.E. Missoula, MT 406-581-4601 lballard@currenttransportation.com