It would be nice to review the Legislative agenda, and in particular to see the "Service Change Proposal and Public Engagement Plan."
That's worth a look, especially if you are interested in transit. (Hopefully the City's transit committee will have seen it also.)
This is not at all a comprehensive overview or summary, but here are some observations on things that stood out on a quick read.
Some Maps and Tables
The map of boardings is always interesting. Lancaster's just a huge area of activity.
|Map of 2017 boardings|
|Boardings per hour|
There are lots of maps in the report, the usual maps of residential and jobs density, poverty, ethnicity, etc., but two metrics that have not got a lot of attention were those on the density of "car-free" households and households with disabled residents. These correlate some with income and multi-family housing, of course. Still, it is interesting how much Lancaster dominates this and how little we really think about making Lancaster wonderful, not just tolerable, for life without frequent drive-alone car trips.
|People with disabilities|
But with the City as lead, and in tandem with Cherriots, we should be asking, given where it is easiest to serve with good transit, should we upzone nearby?
We know we are projected for a great deficit of land zoned for multi-family housing and for a surplus of land zoned for single-family housing. How can we make our land-use policy better support transit? Right now too much of the question is, how can our transit support existing land use?
On the State Street Study, for example, might be a place where we see some of the disconnect. We certainly see this on the Mill Creek Corporate Center area.
The City's Public Transit Committee does not appear to be positioned to dig into the structural elements that impede or assist transit, and instead are stuck with cosmetic things like better paint on the bus stops.
Unmet Needs and Recommendations
Most of the recommendations are not surprising. At the top of the list, Number 1, is Saturday service. Evening, Sunday, and Holiday service followed immediately.
|On Eugene's EmX New Years Day: 15 minute service|
on the reader board; no consulting a schedule necessary
(bus only lane in concrete, distinct from the asphalt)
|(I think this is from Portland)|
In two other areas, infrastructure not controlled by Cherriots are also implicated. They recommend waiting on further changes in West Salem and any service on Fisher Road.
|West Salem and D Street|
|Fisher Road: Needs Sidewalks|
|Free youth pass|
According to the report
Once the service plans are developed, staff will bring both to the public in February and March 2018. There will be extensive outreach during this period to ensure the voices of riders and the larger community are heard.One round of adjustments would be implemented then in September of 2018, and a larger menu of service expansion funded by last years Legislation would launch in September of 2019. The next Board meeting will be on Thursday, February 22nd.