The main components of the study will include:
The Northwest Corridor Transit Study team recognizes that public, stakeholder, and media outreach is a substantial and important component of this study. Due to the physical length of the project and the broad number of stakeholders and interested parties along the corridor, the study team anticipates using a variety of public outreach and involvement techniques and approaches to actively engage people in the project.
Working closely with RTA and the Project Coordination Committee, the Northwest Corridor Transit Study team will develop a concise statement of project goals and objectives that builds upon the work undertaken in previous studies and plans affecting the corridor. The study team will also develop the purpose and need of any new transit alternative(s) and service(s) based on an analysis of population and employment growth, development and land use trends within the study area, an analysis of existing travel patterns and system performance, and a projection of future travel and performance. This component of the study will also include developing a range of transit investments that will be examined and evaluated.
After the Transit Needs Assessment & Evaluation of Alternatives is complete, the Northwest Corridor Transit Study team will embark on a collaborative process involving RTA, key stakeholders, and the public to narrow the range of transit investments to a leading few, ultimately leading to the refinement of the preferred alternative(s). This phase of the project will focus on developing the near final set of transit capital and operating and maintenance (O&M) cost parameters of the preferred alternative(s), as well as documenting all assumptions about the operating plans. Important to this recommendation will be the development and discussion of a timeline for further project development, including any needed additional studies such as environmental or design.
The Northwest Corridor Transit Study team anticipates working with a broad range of stakeholders to discuss existing and desired land use patterns in the Northwest Corridor, along with potential revisions to local development policies to facilitate more transit-friendly development patterns. The study team will also work with stakeholders to identify potential station sites for the preferred transit alternative and create future development concepts for the area within a half-mile radius of proposed stations.
The Northwest Corridor Transit Study team will develop a practical "roadmap" for addressing subsequent local planning and development milestones, and for advancing the preferred alternative(s) through the Federal process. The roadmap will include: