Helping to enhance mobility, safety, and accessibility in southern Maine
Commuting throughout southern Maine without a car can be challenging. It’s not unusual for trips to involve a mix-and-match of several of the region’s seven transit services—whether bus, shuttle, rail, ferry, paratransit, or on-demand services. The Regional Transit Development Plan (RTDP) was devised to improve the coordination among these services and guide transit investments throughout the seven service providers in the area.
To ensure the community helps shape the RTDP’s outcomes—a nuance that was lacking in previous studies—public engagement was an important component of the scope. We began by reviewing background data and engaging with government representatives, service providers, employers, local organizations, riders, and non-riders. After understanding the existing operating conditions, performance, and public perception, we worked with government officials to develop a list of goals, objectives, and performance measures. The list will be used to understand the gaps in the current transit system and develop actionable service concepts for the future.
Our team is also working to create an operational and financial forecasting model to test each service concept, validate feasibility from resourcing and financial standpoints, and tweak service concepts to improve wherever possible.
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