Star Ford

Essays on lots of things since 1989.

Proposed long range transit planning bill

on 2008 March 1

 

This draft bill would mandate a long range transit plan in a goal-oriented way, as laid out in www.abqtransp.org.

==

Whereas

  • The threat of global climate changes requires a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector,
  • Higher transit ridership is generally correlated with lower greenhouse gas emissions,
  • Higher transit ridership is generally correlated with saving lives,
  • Higher transit ridership is consistent with the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan,
  • Some transit system concepts are more effective than others in their contribution to City goals,
  • Past City policies have led to a transit system with lower ridership than other cities of comparable size,
  • The local transportation system is largely controlled by the policies of the City of Albuquerque,
  • An opportunity exists for the City to advance its transit system to help meet City goals including climate change goals.

Therefore

The Albuquerque transit department shall develop a long range transit plan. The planning process shall have four stages.

The first stage shall be the development of goals. The department shall choose between two and eight goals from among those published by the Indicators Progress Commission, and must include among those the goal of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Each of the goals shall be reducible to measurement or projection based on evidence. The City Council shall approve the statement of goals before proceeding to the second phase.

The second phase shall be the identification of alternatives. The department may develop alternatives internally, shall also accept alternatives from any City resident, and shall make known the opportunity to submit alternatives. The period of accepting alternatives shall be nine months. In order to be considered, alternatives must include the specific services offered, specific routes, fares, size and type of vehicles, operating hours, and any changes made to fixed infrastructure. The department may only reject alternatives based on incompleteness, but not for other reasons. In particular, the alternatives (1) need not be limited to buses, (2) need not be cost-constrained, (3) may include policies and expenses that are not normally defined as transit services, such as demand reduction or development strategies. The department shall summarize the submitted alternatives in a public City Council meeting before proceeding to the third phase.

The third phase shall be the projection of cost, revenue, ridership, and benefits of each of the alternatives. The costs shall be presented as an estimated range of capital costs plus thirty times the current-year annual operating cost. The revenue shall be presented as thirty times the annual revenue. The ridership shall be projected using a mode-split analysis that assumes current-year travel demand and current road conditions, and is based on end-to-end travel time and other disutilities of transportation. The benefits shall be stated as the numerical extent to which each of the alternatives meets each of the goals identified in the first phase. The projections may assume that the alternative system is fully built in the current year. The department shall present the projections in a public City Council meeting before proceeding to the fourth phase.

The fourth phase shall be the selection of alternatives for further study and development. The department shall hold public meetings, then recommend one alternative, a combination of alternatives, or no action. The selection shall be based on a combination of the factors: (1) cost and benefits identified in the third phase, (2) risk, (3) public input. The recommendations, justification, and summary of public meetings shall be presented to City Council.

All work, alternatives, recommendations, and analysis shall be available to the public throughout the planning process. The requirement to provide transit service to within any minimum distance from any household is no longer in effect.

 

Whereas The threat of global climate changes requires a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, Higher transit ridership is generally correlated with lower greenhouse gas emissions, Higher transit ridership is generally correlated with saving lives, Higher transit ridership is consistent with the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan, Some transit system concepts are more effective than others in their contribution to City goals, Past City policies have led to a transit system with lower ridership than other cities of comparable size, The local transportation system is largely controlled by the policies of the City of Albuquerque, An opportunity exists for the City to advance its transit system to help meet City goals including climate change goals. Therefore The Albuquerque transit department shall develop a long range transit plan. The planning process shall have four stages. The first stage shall be the development of goals. The department shall choose between two and eight goals from among those published by the Indicators Progress Commission, and must include among those the goal of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Each of the goals shall be reducible to measurement or projection based on evidence. The City Council shall approve the statement of goals before proceeding to the second phase. The second phase shall be the identification of alternatives. The department may develop alternatives internally, shall also accept alternatives from any City resident, and shall make known the opportunity to submit alternatives. The period of accepting alternatives shall be nine months. In order to be considered, alternatives must include the specific services offered, specific routes, fares, size and type of vehicles, operating hours, and any changes made to fixed infrastructure. The department may only reject alternatives based on incompleteness, but not for other reasons. In particular, the alternatives (1) need not be limited to buses, (2) need not be cost-constrained, (3) may include policies and expenses that are not normally defined as transit services, such as demand reduction or development strategies. The department shall summarize the submitted alternatives in a public City Council meeting before proceeding to the third phase. The third phase shall be the projection of cost, revenue, ridership, and benefits of each of the alternatives. The costs shall be presented as an estimated range of capital costs plus thirty times the current-year annual operating cost. The revenue shall be presented as thirty times the annual revenue. The ridership shall be projected using a mode-split analysis that assumes current-year travel demand and current road conditions, and is based on end-to-end travel time and other disutilities of transportation. The benefits shall be stated as the numerical extent to which each of the alternatives meets each of the goals identified in the first phase. The projections may assume that the alternative system is fully built in the current year. The department shall present the projections in a public City Council meeting before proceeding to the fourth phase. The fourth phase shall be the selection of alternatives for further study and development. The department shall hold public meetings, then recommend one alternative, a combination of alternatives, or no action. The selection shall be based on a combination of the factors: (1) cost and benefits identified in the third phase, (2) risk, (3) public input. The recommendations, justification, and summary of public meetings shall be presented to City Council. All work, alternatives, recommendations, and analysis shall be available to the public throughout the planning process. The requirement to provide transit service to within any minimum distance from any household is no longer in effect.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: