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  1. Blueprint for Tomorrow Fairhope City Council February 9, 2008

  2. Eastern ShorePublic Transit Study Gresham Smith & Partners McDonald Transit Associates 2008

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Projected County Population

  6. Population Growth

  7. EmploymentConcentrations

  8. AutoOwnership % of Households with <1 available automobile

  9. Commute Patterns

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. OPTION A • Enhance BRATS • Increase number of vehicles serving area • Add more trips to Baylinc • Maintain demand response and subscription basis of service

  16. OPTION B • Enhance BRATS • Add carpool and vanpool program • Work through SARPC • Carpool matching first • Vanpools as demand warrants • Work closely with employers

  17. 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

  18. 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)

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. Stakeholder Interviews • Most do not see enough support for a local tax to fund transit service • Need for public transit services will increase

  22. Next Steps – for BFT - Add carpool and vanpool program • Work through SARPC • Carpool matching first • Emergi-ride program for commuters • Pull major employers together – match large areas of needs • Vanpools through BRATS as demand warrants • Communication of benefits of utilizing mass transit

  23. EASTERN SHORETECHNOLOGY ANDResearchPARK Fall, 2008 Presented by: Vern George George Henry George Partners Charles Dilks DilksConsulting

  24. PURPOSE OF THE EFFORT • PREPARE A STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE A STRONG TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN THE EASTERN SHORE ECONOMY 27

  25. FOCUS OF THE CONSULTANT WORK • CAN WE DO IT? Yes, we can • Is the resource base sufficient? • WHAT CAN IT BE? • Achievable job and related growth • HOW DO WE DO IT • Strategies and actions required 28

  26. HOW DOWE DO IT? • Marketing to Existing Technology Companies • Creating a Joint College University Center • Developing a Technology and Research Park • Enhancing Entrepreneurial Services with state of the art Incubator • Efficient Organization for Implementing the Strategy 29

  27. WHAT WILL IT CREATE? • Impressive Total Ten Year Tech Growth of 1,100 to 2,300 Jobs • Increased Governmental and Private Business Revenues 30

  28. WHAT IS NEXT for BFT timeline? • Combined forces with BCEDA’s Energy Innovation effort. • Hire a professional to organize and begin efforts • Formulate Governance Structure 31

  29. Technology Innovation Center IMPLEMENTING A PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE DEPENDANCE ON PETROLEUM

  30. G-H-G Recommended Strategies • Market to existing technology companies • Create a joint college/university center • Develop technology/business parks • Enhance entrepreneurial services • Create a special purpose entity • Identify startup funding • Hire a permanent Executive Director