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    Welcome to the Regional Transit Framework Plan Public Online Meeting!

    To navigate the online meeting:

    • Click on the arrows to the right of your screen.
    • Use the navigation bar at the left of your screen to revisit any part of the meeting.
    • At the end of the meeting, please use the interactive Wikimap to share your knowledge of existing transit infrastructure needs and opportunities for the region. The information that is gathered will be combined with other public input and guide the development of the Regional Transit Framework Plan.

    The entire session should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

    Thank you for your participation in the Regional Transit Framework Plan.

    Background

    Regional Transit
    Framework Plan
    2018

    Identifying and prioritizing future transportation needs is critical as population and employment growth continues across the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region.

    Numerous studies have been conducted to assess the region’s current and future multi-modal transportation mobility needs in relation to automobiles, transit, bikes, and pedestrians.

    The Regional Transit Framework Plan stands apart from these studies in that it solely focuses on the region’s vision for transit.

    Purpose

    Schedule

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    The eight-month study will look at how we travel across the region and where current and future development patterns are favorable to high-capacity transit services.

    We are currently in the first phase of the project which looks at where we are today in terms of transit and existing conditions, and findings are presented in this online meeting. Following this phase, we will begin looking at what our transit needs are for the future and what high capacity corridors make sense for our region. In early 2018 following information gathered at the Transit Charrette, we will begin to develop alternatives to identify proper modes and alignments. The final phase of this project will include a public Alternative Open House where alternatives will be refined to develop a regional transit plan through 2040.

    High Capacity Transit Corridors

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    This project looks at how we travel across the region and where current and future development patterns are favorable to high-capacity transit services.

    High capacity transit corridors could include:

    • Fixed guideway transit (bus or rail, i.e. Lowcountry Rapid Transit)
    • Commuter/express bus services
    • Other ideas

    High capacity transit corridors also includes restructuring the local transit network to feed into these corridors with fixed route, demand response, and shuttle services.

    Travel Market Analysis

    The purpose of the Travel Market Analysis is to examine existing conditions in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region, evaluate transit demand trends, and identify the types of transit services that best match the demand.

    The market analysis looked at the following factors:

    • Transit potential
    • Ridership activity
    • Transit need
    • Regional travel
    • Service

    This information will be used in later phases of Regional Transit Framework Plan study to inform the Transit Alternatives Analysis and define the region’s transit priorities. Findings from the Travel Market Analysis represent existing regional conditions.

    Regional Travel

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    Regional Travel analysis identifies major travel patterns, regardless of the mode of transportation, to assess the effectiveness of the existing transit network.

    Findings

    The top three travel flows include internal trips in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley.

    • CARTA currently provides extensive service in these areas.
    • Summerville, which has the fourth-highest travel flow volume, has very limited local transit service provided by Tri-County Link.
    • North Charleston is a key hub for district-to-district trips.
    • The top three external travel flows are among the North Charleston and Goose Creek, Summerville, and West Ashley areas, respectively.
    • The North Charleston/West Ashley connection is well-served by CARTA.
    • Goose Creek and Summerville have limited-frequency connections to North Charleston.

    Transit Potential

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    Transit Potential is determined by looking at current and future density in relation to:

    • Population
    • Employment
    • Activity Centers/Land Use

    Where there are higher concentrations of residents, jobs, and activity centers such as retail districts, educational institutions and healthcare facilities, transit ridership tends to be higher.

    Findings

    Downtown Charleston has the highest Transit Potential in the region, with several blocks having more than 60 residents and/or jobs per acre.

    Other areas of relatively high Transit Potential include the following:

    • West Ashley between the Ashley River and the Stono River, including the Citadel Mall and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
    • North Charleston, along the I-26 / US 78 corridor, Leeds Avenue, Dorchester Road, Ashley Phosphate Road, Red Bank Road, Remount Road, and the Naval Brig
    • Mt. Pleasant, along Coleman Boulevard and the US 17 corridor
    • James Island, along Maybank Highway and along Folly Road.

    Ridership Activity

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    Ridership Activity is studied to validate the results of the Transit Potential analysis.

    Findings

    Existing CARTA ridership patterns closely correlate with Transit Potential.

    Transit Needs

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    Transit Needs are calculated through the lens of specific socio-economic characteristics.

    Certain population subgroups are more likely to use transit as their primary means of local and regional transportation. These groups include:

    • People without a vehicle
    • Persons with disabilities
    • Low-income residents
    • Young adults
    • Older adults

    Findings

    Transit Needs is highest in the Charleston Peninsula, especially near East Bay Street, south of Septima Clark Parkway, and near Beaufain Street.

    Other areas include:

    • Ashley River Road in West Ashley, between Old Town Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
    • North Charleston, especially along Dorchester Road, Ashley Phosphate Road, and Otranto Road
    • Goose Creek, along Harbour Lake Drive
    • Hanahan and North Charleston, between I-526 and Yeamans Hall Road

    Service

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    Service analysis is conducted to collect data that ensures transit service recommendations:

    • Complement high-capacity service investments,
    • Optimize local routes, and
    • Preserve service to key stops.

    Data is collected using an Automated Passenger Counter (APC). An APC is an electronic device installed on buses that tracks passengers entering and exiting the vehicle. APC data is used to evaluate route performance by stop and by trip, identifying high-ridership corridors.

    We are currently in the first phase of the project which looks at where we are today in terms of transit and existing conditions, and findings are presented in this online meeting. Following this phase, we will begin looking at what our transit needs are for the future and what high capacity corridors make sense for our region. In early 2018 following information gathered at the Transit Charrette, we will begin to develop alternatives to identify proper modes and alignments. The final phase of this project will include a public Alternative Open House where alternatives will be refined to develop a regional transit plan through 2040.

    Next Steps

    Wikimapping

    We want your input on the Regional Transit Framework Plan! Use the online, interactive Wikimap tool to share your knowledge of existing transit infrastructure needs and opportunities for the region. The information that is gathered will be combined with other public input to guide the development of the Regional Transit Framework Plan.

    View the Wikimap by visiting: wikimapping.com/wikimap/project1659.htm

    Stay Informed


    We hope you will stay involved by:

    Visiting the project webpage: www.bcdcog.com/framework

    Emailing any questions or comments:
    Sharon Hollis, AICP
    BCDCOG Project Manager
    sharonh@bcdcog.com

    Mailing any questions or comments:
    BCDCOG
    Attn: Sharon Hollis
    1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100
    North Charleston, SC 29405