Presentation on theme: "Division Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project August 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Division Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project August 2012
Project Background 2003 – Great Transit Grand Tomorrows (GT2) study initiated – Purpose: Identify potential needs for future transit investment – Process: task force of community leaders and stakeholders examined needs of the areas population, considered multiple transit modes, corridors, and alignments to develop a wide range of options – Funding sources: Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Urban Cooperation Board, Wege Foundation 2003-2007 – Alternatives Analysis – Priority recommendation: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Division Avenue 2007 – Locally Preferred Alternative – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was selected and approved
Analysis Criteria Evaluation of future transit needs was based on: – Population growth and employment areas – Population growth in southern Kent County; Michigan Street in downtown Grand Rapids: largest employment center in West Michigan – Location of major activity centers – Congestion and mobility – Commuting alternative to US-131 – Economic development potential – Multiple locations for redevelopment and revitalization along Division Avenue – Travel patterns and existing transit use – Route 1 (Division) ridership = 3,283 rides/weekday – Opportunities for future connectivity on east/west thoroughfares – Location or potential of transit supportive land use – Cost effectiveness – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is approximately 1/3 of the cost of equivalent Light Rail (LRT) – Land use benefits
Project Timeline Each step in this process required full federal approval from the FTA (Federal Transportation Administration) and was subject to financial, logistical, and regulatory standards for viability. In addition, Rapid staff has worked with staff at the federal level that has spanned two presidential administrations.
What is Bus Rapid Transit? From the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (www.nbrti.org): BRT is an innovative, high capacity, lower cost public transit solution that can significantly improve urban mobility. This permanent, integrated system uses buses or specialized vehicles on roadways or dedicated lanes to quickly and efficiently transport passengers to their destinations, while offering the flexibility to meet transit demand. BRT systems can easily be customized to community needs and incorporate state-of-the-art, low-cost technologies that result in more passengers and less congestion. BRT in West Michigan: Shared (non-rush hour) and dedicated (rush hour) lanes for bus use on Division Avenue (no exclusive or separated lanes) Several operational features to decrease travel times
Benefits of Bus Rapid Transit Travel Benefits: Faster commute (fewer stops, quick boarding, signal priority) Improved regional mobility and community cohesiveness Cost effectiveness Community Benefits: Increases access to employment; construction and transit job creation Improves air quality, reduces congestion Stimulates economic development: transit oriented development, efficient land use Cost effectiveness, potential for high return on investment Streetscape improvements Utility upgrades Police and Fire access to Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) and safety surveillance
Project Elements 9.6 Miles from downtown Grand Rapids to Division and 60 th St. 18 stations (33 independent platforms) Pre-pay fare vending and level boarding Real-time arrival information 10-minute peak frequency and 20-30 minute off-peak frequency Hours of service from 5:30 AM – 12:30 AM on weekdays Dedicated lanes during weekday peak hours Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) at intersections Unique branding of stations and vehicles 10 hybrid-electric vehicles
Project Budget Capital Budget: Federal Transit Administration: $31,885,617 Michigan Department of Transportation: $7,971,405 Local: $0 Total project budget:$39,857,022 Operating Budget* (estimated cost): Local property tax millage $1,224,243 *Operational funds for the Bus Rapid Transit project will come from the public transportation millage approved in May 2011. Of the total approved millage increase, operational costs of the BRT represent approximately 32% (shown in the following chart). Compared to the overall operating budget for The Rapid ($35,639,300 in 2010), the operating costs of the BRT represent approximately 3.5%.
Operational Funding As a percentage of the May 2011 Public Transportation Millage
Project Alignment Directly connects downtown Grand Rapids and South Division to major employment areas and activity centers Total travel time from Division and 60 th street to Michigan Street will be less than a half-hour This is approximately 40% faster than current service on Division
Station Elements Platforms are 60 long Shelters are either 48 or 36 depending on available space Platforms are raised 14-15 for quick and level boarding Lighting Snow melt system Emergency phone Close circuit television Real-time bus arrival signs Fare vending machines Bike racks and benches
Project Schedule and Next Steps Schedule October/November, 2012 – Project Construction Grant Agreement November/December, 2012 – Final Design April, 2013 – Construction Begins August, 2014 – Revenue Operations Next Steps Continued public outreach and preconstruction activities Open channels for feedback, questions, and concerns at: 616-456-7514 www.ridetherapid.org www.facebook.com/therapid @TheRapid on twitter