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Transit Development Plans
Washington County Transit Development Plan:
Working closely with the staff and board at the Washington County Transportation Authority (Freedom Transit), SPC has completed a plan to improve transit in Washington County. WCTA was only recently formed by the merger of City of Washington Transit and the county’s Washington Rides. This plan extends recent short-range service planning to look five years ahead, to see how Freedom Transit can take advantage of its new strategic position. Transit service recommendations include plans to add service to Mon Valley communities, develop a “Service Spine” of high-quality transit between Washington and Canonsburg and longer-range ideas to use microtransit techniques to improve service throughout the county. The related reports are a Strategic Business Plan, recently adopted by the WCTA board, which includes a new mission statement for the agency and a Service Guidelines document that will help the staff and board make service decisions in the future.
Mid County Transit Authority Transit Vision and Master Plan:
SPC worked with Mid County Transit Authority in Armstrong County’s Kittanning Urbanized Area on a plan that assesses existing transit service and identifies alternatives for delivering improved transit service. This included a one-year service plan, an outline for operations and a financial plan for transit service that responds to current and future needs. Service recommendations analyzed in this plan were implemented in 2016.
Westmoreland Transit Development Plan:
Partnering with the Westmoreland County Transit Authority (WCTA), SCP completed a Transit Development Plan for Westmoreland County. The plan includes recommendations for improved transit service as well as a Strategic Business Plan and Service Guidelines. The reports address recommendations from the PennDOT Bureau of Public Transportation’s Act 44 Performance Review and suggest innovative approaches to capital and operating improvements in the short, medium and long term. These recommendations emphasize ways that existing resources can provide better service for Westmoreland County residents. Click below for the full reports:
Butler Transit Development Plan: SPC completed a Butler Transit Development Plan in 2016. The team worked with Butler Transit Authority and municipal and county officials and other stakeholders to craft short, mid and long range service options for improved transit service in Butler County. The study also includes a strategic plan that addresses recommendations from the PennDOT Bureau of Public Transportation’s Act 44 Performance Review to lay the groundwork for future service improvements. Concepts analyzed in the study include expanded commuter service; improvements to frequency, span of service and new markets; future Transit Oriented Development potential; a set of performance measures for the agency and service guidelines to help evaluate existing and new service; and, funding options. The final reports are available here:
Pittsburgh Bus Rapid Transit: SPC staff provided technical assistance to the Bus Rapid Transit Working Group—a group organized by the City of Pittsburgh to review and guide the effort to improve transit service between Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. The group includes the major partners in the project, including the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. In 2016, the BRT proposal made significant progress, with potential alignments, street configurations and service options analyzed.
Transit Operators Committee (TOC)
Programs at the Transit Operators Committee in 2016 continued to provide important technical assistance to the managers of the region’s transit agencies. These included presentations on:
- Opportunities for Southwestern Pennsylvania transit operators to participate in USDOT’s National Transit Map project
- Demonstration of Remix transit planning software
- Port Authority’s new Wayfinding signage project, including new realtime arrival displays at downtown bus stops