COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Charlottesville Transit System (CTS)  Transit Development Plan  (TDP) Presentation

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

TDP presentation by CTS staff

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

September 6, 2006

 

ACTION:                             INFORMATION:    X

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                           INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

This summer, the Charlottesville Transit System (CTS), with the assistance of transit consultant Frank Spielberg, conducted an update to its Transit Development Plan (TDP) last approved in June 2001. This plan will guide CTS improvements over the next five years. CTS staff has made a request to present the final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1) Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents

Goal 3) Develop policies and infrastructure improvements to address the County’s growing needs

            3.1 By June 30, 2010, expand regional transit opportunities . . .

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Staff has reviewed a summary of the TDP recommendations, but has not received the full report and, as such, has not had an opportunity to fully evaluate the background and cost data. The recommendations include (as they relate to Albemarle County):

·         Provide service to the Southwood community and County Office Building 5th Street.

·         Improve the frequency on Route 5 (Route 29N) from every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes.

·         Improve the frequency on Route 10 (Pantops) from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes.

 

In addition, the TDP also provides analysis of alternatives for possible Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) under consideration as part of Places 29.

 

The TDP consultant interviewed staff, residents and elected officials in developing these recommendations. While the recommendations reflect prior service proposals in the County as well as potential service that may evolve out of current planning efforts (i.e. Places 29), County staff would like to analyze demand indicators and cost estimates before asking the Board to take action on the TDP recommendations as they pertain to the County.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The TDP will provide cost estimates for its recommendations that will have an impact if enacted.  After receiving the full TDP, staff will analyze the costs and will provide additional information to the Board.  The extent of the impact of costs will also be affected by future decisions as to the possible creation of a regional transit entity currently under consideration.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends the Board receive the TDP presentation on September 6 and that staff further evaluate the TDP once the full report is received.  Staff will provide an analysis of the final report and its recommendations regarding the County at a future Board of Supervisors meeting.  Any input and guidance the Board can provide at this time regarding the TDP would be appreciated.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A -Transit Development Plan Summary distributed at July 24, 2006 Public Comment Session
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