Today I sat down and tried to come up with some criteria for a "Pierce Transit 2.0." I got the idea for this from Google's creation of Wave, a new experimental communications platform, which was an effort to "create e-mail if it had been invented today."
I've got some design criteria, a couple of concrete actions the organization can take, and some community standards that I don't think have been met by PT, but would be great if they did meet soon.
- Build on top of the majority of the existing system, modify technology and vehicle headways, not so much alignments
- Electrified Bus Rapid Transit on central, high speed corridors (trunk routes + route 28, plus planned route 4 and 5) between Transit Centers
- Light Rail Extension to TCC from Downtown Tacoma via 6th Ave (it's already in PSRC plans, Sound Transit's long range plan, etc.)
- Partner with City of Tacoma to build a streetcar system to unite mixed-use centers, neighborhoods, and Downtown Tacoma - allowing us to build up and not out
- 20 minute headways on most fixed route service, reducing wait times, reduce service on other less heavily-used routes
- Enhanced Downtown Tacoma East-West Circulators & an MLK Transit Station
- Express Regional Connections to Bremerton and Olympia from Tacoma
- Sustained commitment to current levels of Access & Bus Plus service, and vanpools.
- Development of a twenty-year long range plan and a ten year Transit Investment Plan in order to reach the goal of 20% mode share. Require investments to be matched by local funds in order to leverage all funding mechanisms available for the projects. Send the plan to the voters.
- Unlimited Access Mass Transit Funding - Develop a widespread partnership with all businesses, institutions, and non-profit entities to enter into an agreement for rides made by employees and students at a fraction of current cash cost.
- Study into long term viability of natural gas fueled fleet, development of transition plans based upon risk assessment scenarios
- Traffic Signal Priority Across the Entire System
- Develop Better customer information tools for cell phone & web-based route planning
Pierce Transit 2.0 - Community Standards
- An elected Citizen Accountability Committee (with a voting representative on the Board), which provides ideas, feedback, and accountability
- On-time-performance of 95% or better
- A seat for every passenger who needs one
- A Bus Shelter for stops with more than 20 boardings per day
- Fare policy that directs additional fares to only to new capital expenses