Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SH-20. Innovative Practices for Transit Planning at Small- to Mid-Sized Agencies

Small agencies serve 4M passenger trips or less; mid-sized agencies serve more than 4M but less than 10M passengers. This synthesis study will document innovative planning practices to solve challenges at small and mid-sized transit agencies including but not limited to top issues identified by the survey such as: Ridership and demographic shifts; First and last mile; Change in land use; Service design; Funding challenges; and Service delivery and technology changes. The consultant should document the impact on the planning process that is necessary to accomplish the desired result including but not limited to: Role of staff/consultant (In house/outsourced); Budget; Data collection and analysis (metrics used); Public engagement and outreach; Title VI implications; Governing bodies (decision makers); and Coordination/cooperation with other organizations (MPOs, peer agencies, SDOTs, etc.). The information will be gathered by: (1) a literature review; (2) survey of small and midsize agencies that identifies the key challenges to be addressed through planning; (3) Case examples/ interviews of small, mid-sized or large agencies serving lower density communities who have successfully addressed the challenges identified. The agencies should have experienced improvements in performance and efficiency as well as improved satisfaction on the part of transit users and the larger community. Agencies that do innovative work shall be included. The report should emphasize lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities. The needs for future research shall also be included.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SH-20

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Blume, Kelly

  • Start Date: 20190524
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707739
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SH-20
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 10 2019 3:16PM