Advisory Committee Meets Again

The Transit Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet Thursday, October 22, 2015, to provide direction for the development of a single draft transit plan.

As you will recall, the TAC is a group of 72 community members, created by the Transit Strategy funding partners. The goals and vision generated by the committee have been used to frame the plan components presented to the public.

At this meeting the group will hear responses and reaction to the four example options presented to the public in May 2015. The example options were specifically developed to allow the community to provide input on the trade-offs that exist in transit investment. The Transit Advisory Committee will provide the direction for the development of a single draft plan specifically addressing the amount of investment focused on infrastructure, transit service, high frequency routes and express routes.

The TAC is led by the Transit Strategy consultant team Jarrett Walker and Associates and Kimley Horn.

All interested parties are invited to attend all or a portion of the meeting and observe the work of the TAC. Consultants and staff will be available to answer observer questions during breaks and TAC activities.

 

Advisory Committee Meeting #3

Transit Advisory Committee MeetingThe Transit Advisory Committee (TAC) met for the third time on April 8, 2015, to begin preparing for the next phase of the transit investment strategy. During the meeting, the committee was updated on the results of the Transit Choices Report survey, which received approximately 3,900 responses from the public.

Transit consultants Jarrett Walker & Associates and Kimley Horn presented several options for transit solutions in a matrix format, each with a price tag for infrastructure and the resulting available funding for operating ancillary transit service. One axis of the matrix was a ridership versus coverage spectrum; the other axis of the matrix was a high infrastructure to high service spectrum.

Transit technology types were reviewed and the concept ofJarrett Walker at Transit Advisory Committee Meeting Rapid Rail Transit (RRT) was introduced. This option had not been discussed previously, but was suggested as a possible best fit rail service because it costs less than light rail transit and can provide a variety of frequency options. RRT would be more expensive than a bus-only option, but would offer the benefit of a reliable and frequent rail service through Raleigh, Cary and Morrisville, out to RTP. After discussion, the Advisory Committee voted to remove the light rail option from consideration due to its high cost and remove stand-alone commuter rail because it would not provide a good return on investment. The committee also voted to consider bus-only scenarios with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) elements in both a ridership scenario and a coverage scenario. Bus Rapid Transit refers to a number of possible infrastructure projects that would make DSC_0691bus vehicles run faster and more reliably. A key advantage of Bus Rapid Transit investments is that they can be scaled directly to demand and can be implemented incrementally.

 

The work completed at this event, along with public input gathered over the last several months and technical input from local planners, will be used to develop specific transit scenarios that will make up the Expanded Transit Choices Report.

 

Community Engagement By The Numbers

Transit Advisory Committee members: 76

Attendees at the Wake County Transit Strategy kick-off meeting: 550

Weeks since the Transit Choices Report was released: 7

Events held or scheduled to share the report, discuss with the community and collect really awesome feedback: 60+

Online views of the Transit Choices Report video with Jarrett Walker: 9,182

@waketransit Twitter followers: 423

Twitter users that have used the hashtag #waketransit: 62

Public engagement cards distributed: 18,600

Transit Strategy surveys completed online: 2,387

Transit Strategy surveys completed on paper: about 80

Phone number to call to request an outreach session for your group: 919-485-7569

Date survey feedback will be given to Jarrett Walker and Associates and Kimley-Horn for compilation into the Expanded Choices Report: 3/23/15

Involving you in Wake County’s transit strategy: Priceless

The Expanded Choices Report is expected to be available in late-April or early-May. We will keep offering outreach and engagement events centered around the Choices Report until then. When the Expanded Choices report is ready presentations will switch over and begin showcasing specific options for our community.

 

 

Hands On Work at Transit Advisory Committee Meeting

The Wake County Transit Strategy Partners held a Transit Advisory Committee (TAC) today, Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. The meeting started with Jarrett Walker and Associates and Kimley Horn reviewing the principles of transit as discussed in the “Wake County Transit Choices Report,” available on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

The TAC was created by the Wake County Transit Transit Advisory Committee Meeting 01-20-15 2Strategy partners to develop a broad vision and goals for transit investment
in the County. Because the committee plays this key role, the consultant, the County and our partners wanted it to be reflective of the community make-up and wanted it to be tied into the community as much as possible.

To achieve the representation goal, each municipality and agency was allotted a specific number of seats and asked to appoint members to fill their slots. Municipalities and agencies appointed a member from its decision-making board and also considered business and non-profit leaders, community advocates, transit riders, and neighborhood leaders for the other slots.Transit Advisory Committee Meeting 01-20-15

During the meeting, the TAC was broken into several groups. The groups were given a map of the region and were asked to develop their own transit plan using transit principles (i.e. coverage, ridership, stops, infrastructure, service frequency, etc.). The goal was for each participant to represent their community or group interest in transit solutions.

The groups used wax sticks to lay out their plan, each color representing different frequency and technology mode of service, and after several hours of discussion, groups presented their plans to the committee. Participants voted on what kinds of service solutions they believed were most important for the community.DSC_0771

Over the next few months, the consultants and local transit planners will take the scenarios discussed today and develop a more detailed choices report.

Starting on Thursday, January 22, 2015, the public can read the “Wake County Transit Choices Report” and give feedback on the report by completing a short survey. The Transit Strategy Partners will also be presenting the scenarios throughout the community.  If you would like to request a presentation, please contact Natalie Murdock at Triangle Transit at nmurdock@triangletransit.org.

 

Common Questions

The Wake County Transit Strategy partners have been working together behind the scenes for several months. As we are moving ahead in the strategic process and beginning to engage the community, we want to introduce all the partners and answer some of the most common questions about the strategic process.

What is the “New Process”?

  • Transit consultants Jarrett Walker and Kimley Horn have been hired to review previous work produced by local planning staff and facilitate the creation of a community vision for transit in Wake County.
  • This new effort will have two major initiatives– public outreach and public education about the various trade-offs to be made when investing in transit.
  • The process should take approximately seven months.
  • The new vision will be shared with the public and evaluated by the Wake County Commission, Triangle Transit and CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization).

What will the new vision include?

  • A potential plan for new and enhanced transit services throughout Wake County and the Region could include increased bus service, rail and other modes.
  • Identify major travel corridors for further study and investment in the short longer term.
  • Present a decision making structure of how future transit investments can be made when more information is available

What about the “old plan?”

  • A draft plan was put together by staff from Wake County, Triangle Transit, CAMPO, and many other area stakeholders.
  • The draft plan is now out of date and needs to be updated with new information and a fresh approach.

Consultants Selected

County Manager Jim Hartmann reported to the Board that Kimley-Horn/Jarrett-Walker have been selected as the top proposer in response to the RFP that was released in late July.

Kimley-Horn is a planning and engineering firm founded and headquartered locally with a wealth of experience in transportation planning projects and studies across Wake County. Jarrett Walker and Associates is based in Oregon and the firm has a unique approach in thinking about and planning for transit investment.

The selection team believes that the pairing of local credibility with a fresh approach to transit thinking will produce the best results for Wake County. The video of the board meeting can be viewed here.