This study seeks to identify alternatives for short-term transportation improvements that can be implemented within the next two to five years to decrease congestion and improve mobility in our region. The study will also prioritize projects and identify potential funding strategies.
Focusing on short-term solutions while maintaining TBARTA's long-term vision, the study will analyze connections between potential transit and major activity centers. Short-term solutions that will be considered include Park and Ride facilities, transit signal priority projects, queue jump lanes for buses, Intelligent Transportation Systems, managed lanes, High Occupancy Toll (HOT) and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Buses operating on roadway shoulders in peak periods or at critical congestion locations are other options that will be examined. In addition, mobile and web-based technology will be explored to provide continuous regional transportation information.
Staff is coordinating with the county transit agencies and departments to consider opportunities for short-term enhancement projects. Staff is reviewing various enhancement options and considering next steps in prioritizing projects. Website and technology integration is also a key component of this project.