Leaders discuss the future of Triangle transit
Local transportation leaders discuss the results of a FAST study to improve the future of transit in the Triangle.
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The fast study provides the opportunity to transform important roadways into multimodal freeways and streets. And Joe, I'll turn it back to you. Thank you, Thank you, Heather. Thank you, Chuck. And thank you all of the colleagues and N c. V A. T and go triangle for your ongoing partnership with the business community and your service to our region and state. We're about to hear from the consultant team about the preliminary findings. For the faster everyone at home, be sure to offer any comments, stay back and questions the questions have which is next to that chat function on your web. In our control panel, Use the question staff, if you would. If you're tweeting, be sure to use the hashtag fast trying and you can also tag you're at RT a triangle at Go Triangle or at and CDOT. I will now turn it over to the VHP consultant team led by project manager to retire. Serena Thank you, Joe. Um, can you all to my screen? Yes. Okay, So and I still mentioned, uh, we'll be talking about the preliminary findings for the faster today on the team that worked on this project was viotti with the Roberta from Catalyst Design and Static and B and on, um, a great attacked in today to the presentation and present the findings for the study. So what will be covering today is and, ah, a brief overview and the purpose off this fast early, uh, the different transit options that are available for the corridors and stops that will make this unique and different of the examples Off corridor improvements and types of improvement and the corridors for immediate improvement are the Mitcham implement and then some examples off the future. Possible partners in the in the long term and also talk about the outreach efforts are coming off rich efforts and the next steps on this study. So what is it, not the rt a collaboration of the Density OD and Go Try and got involved on this Phoebe and she paced chances that luxury to connect the triangle region. The reason of business. It's a regional business community framework for and dance Transit recognizes the size off the region that on the dispersion and the growth in the upward trajectory in our region, the expectation from the study are cost effective, useful travel options for the market to expand. And it will focus on the rapid implementation, often effective, scalable regional multi model transportation system. Same matter what Joe mentioned earlier when he first introduced the story. What this study will do is it'll advanced ideas for improving and accelerating regional connectivity that is the main part of us off the study, but in it will also provide accelerate effective. All the mobility throughout assistant, using our freebie and street pixnet book on will provide a complementary service to our existing and emerging travel back. Okay, the approach that picture for the story is because we looked at the existing the Fever and the Street network for the Triangle Region. Oh, look at the Gold Triangle Surveys Sniper. The areas that voter anger provides recently both local and express routes overlay the plan to be a key part of those the four corridors from the Big Transit plan and the one in Chapel Hill and also looked at the plan commuter rail. These other affords. These are the existing network that is available as a trans adoption in the region right now. And the plan. The transit improvements So the BRT services ah, high pregnancy, high quality sub regional connection. But it doesn't connect the region as one. Transit and commuter rail is an expressed region of the surveys, but the frequency is lower. So what the fires notebook assumes is the completion of the BRD, but will also provide multiple linkages to the beauty or extension of the BRT and in contest with the computer. So what it the main thing that the faster we will do is it will accelerate the creation off a regional to regional transit. The goal, as you mentioned, is to provide a bigger, better and faster network with improvements that can be quickly implemented and then are also scalable over time for the long term, your calculation to the methodology that he used. What we look. The two separate criteria for mobility on one for accessibility. So for the mobility criteria, looked at the traffic volume and the ridership for understanding the demand. Looked at the frequency on the reliability of the transit network for looked to analyze the transit performance on the delay and the volume over capacity for looking at the traffic performance. And we assign Bates and scores to all of these metrics and then a populated a composite score toe identify the corridors for the contacts. We looked at the different three segments that are based to the previous segments on intersection densities for the non trigger segments and also the land use around the non previous statements what the accessibility criteria the was looked at. How is the transit nytbook accessible based on the land use around the transit network assisting granted network The plan do Highbury and the transit projects for the future. And also what are the missing lead? Where there is demand and there is a need for it and the service. But there is no existing transit service or a plan transits of its future. So all this trade area was to the very data driven analysis performed and then be identify the partidos. So we look to have the various activity zones in the region and looked at the demand Teoh each of his activities owns. So the maps that the cities of map that I'm gonna walk toe really quickly are showing the chip origins for demand to each of these activities on So the stocking but the U. N. C going to Duke and Durham South the wrong RTP, they chose demand trip origins from all over the region and because it is the biggest employment on so, as you can see, based on the trip origins, it also shows the scale off the black activities under the Blue Ridge and the Crabtree area, not Carolina State in what would be most of the demand is around the area. But also within the 5 40 beltline or on the south side of a county. Ah, the Dun Dun Dun rally, which Jews again the ah higher blood media also look back, send dollars and weak malaria. But the demand from that is more on the north, north east side, on the best Sybil of that South Kerry and cross roads. And the man origin is more along the U. S. 64 years one corridor. So then we'll per combined. All of these of what this map shows is a combination of trip origins to all of these activities on. So there you see just one color of darts. It's more off local demand. But if there is a combination of multiple darts along the corridor, that means it's more off originally, man along the corridor. So based on this, a few quarters were identified like 55 1 i 40 connecting Japanese on the downtown Raleigh Ah, Capitol Boulevard for the demand because did you see that a lot off color dark if you got a darts along this. So a lot of the activities ones have demand along this corridor, US 70 stand out quite a bit on the east side, continuing the newborn guard over that is already planned for the BRD improvement on the south side. Going to what's Creighton and longer Lynton? Uh, best along us 1 64 So these are the corridors that and then not tell connection between Durham and Holly Springs also was one of the car does. That was a prominent garden with a huge demand and know a lot of missing connections for transit service. Now I'm gonna hand it over to dawn to talk about the potential transited bondage is and the corridors so that you have to control. Okay, Thank you. I have control. First you got to do is kind of just, uh, take a brief dive into the and the menu of options or the take a peek at the toolbox of recommendations that could come out of the That's process of this first group is the low cost advantages associated with freeways and before right in the far left, her two techniques to help get buses on and off the freeway. That's often a problem. That congestion delay that happens at the interchanges. So either a on a ramp signal bypass or a slip. Graham. Um, I think most of us are familiar with the bus on shoulder system, where buses can use the shoulder toe, get through congested areas, looking at expanding that that's a fairly straightforward and expensive process. Another one that's actually not legislated here yet. But that gives priority. Makes traffic yield two buses. When pulling, I was stopped back into traffic that can be actually freeway or a street based technique. When we get to the streets. Themselves is a different set of tools, and this is there's others the's. That's kind of the Big East variations. But the, uh, the background is transit signal priority that the senses the presence of the bus and gives them a green light to keep going through the intersection. A que jumps and let's a bus get past stacked up traffic at an intersection often used in combination with the A bus stop, at least to the signal, and you jump can be used separately or together. There's some ideas for tactical bus lanes, short term things we can put in there to see how they work in in various locations or might be used in a part time basis and then the red lanes that clearly defined, uh, bus lanes in mixed traffic. It's sort of, Ah, bus rapid transit light. And there's already been one study of that in Wake County, and we've incorporated that in some of our recommendations. Third component is things built around the comfort and convenience of the users at this stops ah, level boarding that makes it easier not going up and down onto a bus and especially good for 80 80 issues generally enhanced bus stops that are easier to find. More attractive and obvious, but also more comfortable off board fare payment is critical. To eliminate that bottleneck and make things much more efficient also helps in a variety of ways, Even with the code issues. There's some studies now looking at their free transit, which would be the next step even beyond this. That would, uh, streamline things even further. And another thing we've identified is side boarding or the floating bus stop showing here, which works in case we have a ah bike lane that's heavily used, but also when their sidewalks, with a lot of pedestrian traffic not associated with the buses so it helps reduce conflicts, separate the the buses out on bus pastors, giving them a place to wait again. That also helps provide space. One thing that's really critical to this system that's integrating a bunch of local systems in a regional system. There's a lot of options now and trying to figure out which bus is the one you want to take. You need real time information often on a user's phone, so that that's Ah very convenient way to communicate and plan, but also collect data for better performance. But it's the kind of issues thrill similar to if you were making airline reservation and you're asking the question, Do I want to take the next less that gets here? I don't want to take the bus that gets me there fastest. Or do I want the bus that costs less? Or do I want to avoid a transfer so you have all these options in your hand? It can make really better decisions. And even to the point of knowing you, how crowded is the bus? Do I want to get on a crowded bus or one that's empty? Your So I can sit and again has coded implications At the same time, we want these these, uh, buses to be comfortable, convenient, attractive and upgraded. Fleet WiFi. These will generally be slightly longer trips, so we want them to be a comfortable and where people can multitask. He component. This is communicating what this new system is, how it works, why it's attractive here. Some examples that stand tech has been working on up in Canada. The blast network and Hamilton were each one of the rats they've identified BLS teach. It builds off of that zoom in Brampton. Just a marketing to kind of let people know, educate and also, uh, attract people to the benefits. Next serious side. We're going to get into some of the specific recommendations going back to the base slide, trying to mention where we're looking at the regional highways, the proposed bus, rapid transit commuter rail and the existing go triangle services. Um, so we're looking at this as sort of ah, immediate short term middle range and long range in the 1st 1 will look at is the 22 25 projects. I'm gonna break these down first into freeway and then street, but I just want to stress the way we picked these, as as Truman said. We looked at the market demand we looked at for this first phase of the short term. We wanted to see where there was existing demand, that we could improve so that we could see improvements. We wanted projects that looked fairly easy to implement, more everything within their right away. Not a lot of construction, more service, an operation based. So this first, I said, I think the obvious backbone of it is I 40 and N. C 1 47 Some improvements extension of the bus on shoulder to the southern part of my 40 maybe some other improvements associated with the East West connector. We can look at things. It's part is getting on and off the freeway and an expanded service, I think, more frequent service and a longer service fans throughout the day. Our key things. Some similar options. It's a small piece of, uh, corridor between Chapel Hill and Durham that goes on 15 501 could incorporate bus on shoulder, and then we have these direct connections, which are ways to avoid the congestion at interchanges. South Durham, for example, could be one that uses a pedestrian overpass buses pull off beyond the shoulder, and it's more Destiny is getting directly onto freeway buses rather than getting the buses on the freeway. The others at RTP Davis Dr Are you Rolling Street? Are possibilities for improvements that interchanges or new direct access ramps. Now this is kind of the backbone, but it doesn't really do much without good connections to the surface streets. So these are the routes. That's really speed the, uh, the freeway system. All of these will have increased frequency, and all of them were recommending onboard off Sorry off board fare collection. So the 1st 1 is over here getting from at 40 into Chapel Hill and there proposed BRT NC 54 Raleigh Road. It would incorporate the signal priority and queue jumps enhanced, uh, access. Andi stops, and it looks like there's areas where red bus lanes would be a value. Another one is connecting a very different context. Connecting through downtown Durham and Duke alway Main and Irwin that's good function locally but also is going to ultimately tie in some longer regional routes with floating bus stops, queue jumps, signal priority moving over towards Raleigh, this Glenwood Avenue from downtown, two for 40 similar signal priority enhance stops and, as identified in the other studies, from red bus lines and then over to the, uh, the East pull road. What signal priorities. If you jump lanes, floating bus stops, these are the first priorities we saw is the easiest to do in the most immediate benefit. Building on that 15 501 of surprised. They're much more of an expressway, though, so its emphasis on to jump lanes and signal priorities ultimately extension of Glenwood Avenue. UH, westward from my 40 young 5 40 again, very similar to that 15 501 was signal priority to jump lanes. Uh, and this wall build towards a. A more complete system is you'll see in subsequent slides. 6/4 Roads has a little bit of everything on it. It's so many different things. It's got the new transit center coming. It's got a lot of mixed use, a lot of growth. So basically all of our tools have have a place to be applied there. Then Capitol Boulevard sort of building towards the ultimate bus. Rapid transit that would go there signal priority to trump planes made its, um future through lanes. One of the things I want to stress, though that probably doesn't quite jump out of that. We showed these, uh, local routes feeding into the bus. Rapid transit him and not going on there. The bus rapid transit is a key part of us where we can do inner lining and interline. It can actually happen on any Red doesn't have to be a B r t any high level route. But what that means is what Multiple buses running along the same corridor in the BRT. They have a lot of flexibility. They're not gonna be congested. We can mix, uh, through express rats. We can have skip stop a lot more speed, reliability, higher frequency, while more options air provided. So this inner lining is is a critical component of this in in making a high performance flexible system, getting more into the heavier infrastructure and emphasizing the transit advantages on both freeways and streets. So peak period express shoulder lanes on three ways. The dedicated priority express lanes on freeways. Ah, these connect transit priority rams and transit of stations Freeway Transit Hub station, similar to what I mentioned in Southern Derm. Um And there's a riel Cadillac version this in Minneapolis, where you have, you know, the great separation station up here. It could be a main street or freeway underneath. So I did addresses both buses, industrials and traffic and minimizes conflicts in a really compact location. Here's another one that could be done much more simply or or it's a very complicated system with the park and ride lot, or even back, and then access into middle lanes if we do have, oh, managed or express lanes. But I just wanted toe hit on the longer range recommendations. This is where we left off with the 2025 Network. The next phase is that we would want to add would be this 2030. Um, some freeway connections. Ah kee one. Is this us 70 all the way from Rowley into German, taking advantage of some of the other improvements we have made in earlier stages? 5 40 Starting to build on this North South route. The true had identified, uh, from Clayton all the way into Morris film that this could use obviously part of the existing BRT or could grow into a more expansive BRT system. Um extending out up to a forest and more towards the the East as well. Now also, some those and carry. Then ultimately, as 5 40 is completed, we've got, um, real opportunities for East West Holy Springs Garner Clayton getting into the part. We've got some interesting opportunities and carry. That would be a connection to some major outs. And then it's Chatham Park, uh, expands when there's already service the Chapel Hill. But that would be enhanced. And we're looking as this becomes a freeway Pittsboro Well, on into the east, another area is looking at Burlington Memon and the growth over there and a successful route. That part is running how we would incorporate that and another just the same thing in a bit more stylized version that we're working on to make it look a little bit, uh, less like the G. I s map project. So I know that that's a lot to absorb it once, But I think training will help us wrap it up and hopefully answer some questions if you have any. Thanks here. So, uh, before opening up the public commenting Peter today and run for 45 days till August 31 so you can go to this website. Let's get moving down or slash fast and get download. The version of this presentation on if you have any comments on board represented are the findings of the recommendations. You can email up your mama's there faster, lets it moving, Don't arm on, and the schedule is from now. Once it's we're opening the common period. Once we receive the comment period will take a look into that and devise recommendations on hope to finish the study by September. Are the love September on there? We also are presenting at the R D a breakfast on August 4th, and then they will be a final report that we released in sometime in October. So the next step is will take implement of some adjustment this and that, but also review the ongoing and upcoming step projects to see if there are potential transit advantages that can be incorporated and also developmental implementation playbook. For several examples every short for the immediate and midterm, a situation so do to wrap it up and some work every day is this again. The purpose of this study is to capitalize on the great work that has already been done by the various agencies in the transit and complement the existing investments being made on the transit studies plants on DA implementation and leverage the future opportunities available for transit improvements to provide accessibility and, unfortunately, in the area. So, in a nutshell, the study Evil Capture Jack will be a champion to capitalize on existing investment and future, unfortunately, do provide a regional connection. Joe, I'm going to hand it back to you to from here on the Q and A Well to ruin it, thank you very much and thank you to you and to Dawn and the entire VHP and stand tech team catalyst thing for your work on this study. We have a few moments for questions in a moment when you turn it over to my colleague Natalie Redoubt with Archie, who facilitated a brief question and answer period, we're gonna talk about just two questions. One will be with equity and then one more just below that on Capitol Boulevard. But we will compile all the questions that are available that you provided, and we will make a final note about that later. Natalie, take it away. Good morning, thank you to everyone for participating. Today. I have two questions I'm gonna go through. One is from Scott Leavitt, Tan CEO Research Triangle Park. Thank you so much for your question, Scott. For the consultant team, how did you consider equity in the prioritization of investments in terms of the opportunity to serve economically depressed communities or neighbourhoods? Two brunette, if you, um, and dollar would activate your cameras and provide some butts. Well, that's part we're still finalizing. Um, we've identified what looked like the most promising so markets and and projects, as we said, we're now going through a screening process toe. Look at those in terms of that. Those dots that were served. What are this is a socioeconomic characteristics of those communities. Teoh kind of cr we, um, biasing who were serving unintentionally one way or the other and, uh, the types of jobs that would be served. So we've been kind of doing that in the back of our mind looking at which routes were serving and, uh, understanding how they work now. But we will be doing some things that compare accessibility within without these improvements for various, uh, communities of economic, racial or even age categories. True in anything else to add? I think. Don't answer that pretty well. Yeah, I know. I don't have anything you do after Gordon said Okay. Sounds good. Um, the next question would like your thoughts on comes from the triangle board member Mark Markkaa. Polis. Has there been any serious discussion about securing a dedicated lane on 15 5 in one south between Chapel Hill in Pittsboro, while the room is currently less developed. So I'll started on convicted so that we haven't done that just yet, But that will be the next phase of the improvements will be after. Look, look at the infrastructure and improvements. Just see there we can leverage the highway for poor type off improvements on the transit. Yeah, that's definitely on our on our radar and some of the work we did on Chatham County. Comprehensive plan that came up there. So that will be something we were fined in the next phase. Great. Ancient Natalie. And not before you go. Go ahead and give them one more question on the Capitol Boulevard question. Okay. Another corridor specific question. Um, how does this tie into the Capitol Boulevard North study. How is that considered in regards to the proposed route and transit advantages? I think it's just Ah adding to it a little different way of looking at the information. I think there's information we'd come up with that they can incorporate. It confirms, I think, a lot of the justification for that project. And now I think it just comes down to the timing and funding of how best to implement which faces that. And do you just focus on one part or do some things in advance even further North? That helped the whole thing worked a little better. Thank you, Don and Nathan Spencer with a complete county for asking that question. Well, police continue to share your questions, comments and feedback with us by emailing fast at Let's get moving dot org's. Today's presentation is available now on our website. Again, let's get moving dot org's slash fast. We will also post for recording of this webinar, and on that page you can also find some epic use and other resources. At this time, I'm gonna turn the program back over to Joe Malala's over some closing remarks and thank you again for swimming and Don, you can turn your camera off. Little clue. Thank you. And thank you, Natalie. And thank you to everyone for your participation and engagement this morning. And thank you again. VHP Catalyst design and stand tech for your excellent work on this study and thank you dont bot and go triangle for your partnership today and always next steps next steps by the VHP team include looking in more detail at various potential options whether we're talking about the direct connect grants for my 42 RTP or RD. One of the questions that were asked about 15 501 U. S. One and other corridors is what was trading a playbook of how to advance potential funding options and moving some of these solutions forward that will complement the five bus rapid transit lines currently big proposed as well as connections to that future commuter rail. The chuck matching the regional business community and our study partners are committed to the transformation of our high wind at work and to truly multimodal freeways and streets that provides significant and sustainable advantages for public transit. Along with enhanced accessibility ability for all modes of travel. We believe that the accelerated deployment of enhanced transit service along key corridors like we discussed this morning will advance economic opportunity, equitable prosperity, fiscal responsibility and environmental sustainability. We thank each of you for your time this morning. Please visit. Let's get moving. 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