Presentation on theme: "1 M ISSOULA 2012 L ONG R ANGE T RANSPORTATION P LAN U PDATE S EPTEMBER 24, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
1 M ISSOULA 2012 L ONG R ANGE T RANSPORTATION P LAN U PDATE S EPTEMBER 24, 2012
2 Project Tasks and Schedule January to March Issues and Needs March to May Funding Alternatives May to September Development of Preferred Plan September to December Plan Review and Approval
3 Summary of Key Issues Transportation funding is severely limited. As the transportation system ages, an increased percent of funds will be required for maintenance. Congestion is inevitable. Outward expansion is unaffordable. The bicycle and pedestrian network provides a good backbone but gaps need to be filled to create a complete network. Transit service is adequate but needs increased frequency and hours of service to attract choice riders. Need continued focus on reducing VMT through inward investment, TDM and ITS.
4 Project Evaluation & Selection Process Phase 1: Alternatives Development and Goals 1.Participants at the first public meeting purchased transportation improvements through the Connections Exercise to generate a range of ideas to address the region’s transportation needs. Expenditures by mode were calculated to determine range and themes. 2.Participants at the public meeting and members of the TAC and CAC weighted the project goals to be used for evaluating projects.
5 Project Evaluation & Selection Process LRTP Project Goals 1.Maintain our Existing Transportation System. 2.Improve the Efficiency, Performance and Connectivity of a Balanced Transportation System. 3.Maximize the Cost Effectiveness of Transportation. 4.Promote consistency between land use and transportation plans to enhance mobility and accessibility. 5.Provide Safe and Secure Transportation. 6.Support Economic Vitality. 7.Protect the Environment and Conserve Resources.
7 Surface Transportation Program (STP) - Enhancement ELIGIBILITY: Transportation enhancement activity.--The term "transportation enhancement activity" means, with respect to any project or the area to be served by the project, any of the following activities as the activities relate to surface transportation: Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles. Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists. Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites (including historic battlefields). Scenic or historic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities). Landscaping and other scenic beautification. Historic preservation. Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals). Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use of the corridors for pedestrian or bicycle trails). Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising. Archaeological planning and research. Environmental mitigation Establishment of transportation museums.
8 Funding Sources Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) ELIGIBILITY: Eligible projects/programs include: transportation activities in an approved State Implementation Plan, transportation control measures to assist areas designated as nonattainment under the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, traffic management/monitoring/congestion relief strategies, transit (new system/service expansion or operations), alternative fuel projects (including vehicle refueling infrastructure, clean fuel fleet programs and conversions), vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) programs, intermodal freight, telework/telecommuting programs, travel demand management, development activities in support of eligible projects (e.g. NEPA studies), public education and outreach activities, rideshare programs, establishing/contracting with transportation management associations (TMAs), fare/fee subsidy programs (operating subsidies have a 3-year limit), HOV programs, including HOT lanes, diesel retrofits, truck-stop electrification, experimental pilot projects, and other transportation projects with air quality benefits.
10 Project Evaluation & Selection Process Transportation Investment Alternatives from Phase 1 Optional Slide
11 Project Evaluation & Selection Process Phase 2: Alternatives Analysis 1.Based on four investment themes, each alternative was evaluated regarding performance. 2.Participants at the second public meeting developed recommended fundning levels of each category. 3.CAC and TAC requested minor modificaitons.
14 Project Evaluation & Selection Process Phase 3: Finalize Funding and Project Selection 1.Refine available funding based on total funding minus committed funding. 2.Allocate remaining funding to each category. 3.Evaluated projects based on project goals. 4.Sort projects by score 5.Select projects that scored high within the available budget. Project Evaluation Process Each project was scored high (3), medium (2), or Low (1) for each goal. A project score was the cumulative sum of each goal score times the goal’s weight. Project scores were prioritized from high to low, with the highest being selected for LRTP funding and the lower score projects as illustrative.
20 Mountain Line Transit Transit Plan based on “Focus Inward” land use plan ⁻Less congestion, ⁻Shorter trip times, ⁻Increased travel options, ⁻Less infrastructure costs to taxpayers, and ⁻Preservation of open space and agricultural/recreational areas. Five-phase Short and Long Range Plan that is a blueprint for Mountain Line through the year 2040. The Plan coordinates transit investments with land use by establishing a Primary Transit Network. The Primary Transit Network is supported by other important transit services that include: ⁻Lower frequency collector routes, ⁻Regional express routes, ⁻Bike and pedestrian facilities, and ⁻Paratransit services.
21 Mountain Line Transit The Primary Transit Network is for all-day transit service that, at full build-out, operates every 15 minutes or better on weekdays and every 30 minutes or better on Saturdays, for at least 16 hours a day. The network focuses on six key dimensions of transit quality: frequency, span of operation, speed, reliability, loading, and coverage. Achieving full build-out of the Primary Transit Network requires: ⁻Years of transit investment, ⁻Transit-oriented development to increase ridership along priority corridors. ⁻Phases I and II are planned for implementation within the MUTD five- year plan
25 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) The Missoula area traffic signals regulate traffic flow and has. Updated signal systems have reported up to a 20 percent decrease in travel time and delay. Update Signal Controllers Install Advanced Vehicle Detection Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Transit Signal Priority
26 Transportation Demand Management Travel Options Program Goals Goal 1 Equity: Provide safe and accessible travel options for people of all abilities and for all modes. Goal 2 Economic Development: Focus travel options investments to ensure businesses thrive and residents and visitors can access employment, education, recreation, and community services. Goal 3 Health and Environment: Reduce vehicle miles traveled to improve air quality, reduce congestion, help existing infrastructure endure, enhance community health, and improve the quality of life for all Missoulians. Goal 4 Shifting Culture: Focus travel options marketing and outreach to commuters, non-commuters, youth, and the elderly to contribute to a shift in culture that embraces non-single-occupancy vehicle travel options. Goal 5 Performance: Develop a dynamic performance monitoring process to ensure transportation dollars are spent responsibly to increase the lifetime of existing transportation infrastructure. Goal 6 Safety: Improve the understanding of the rules of the road by all users to reduce conflict and improve safety.
29 What’s Next Complete questionnaire and provide comments on boards for input into draft report. Month of October refine funding forecasts, project lists and prepare draft report November receive comments from public, TAC and CAC and update to Draft Final Review and approval by TAC, CAC and Policy Board