Due to the current public health crisis, LTD’s Board of Directors has postponed the Transit Tomorrow project review until the community can participate in a meaningful way. For more information, click here.

The LTD board was concerned about system-wide ridership declines and hired a consultant to study the current 20-year old system, engage the public and make a recommendation for how to better serve riders throughout the community. The recommendation was to focus on increasing frequency, so more people would have access to 15 minute service.

RIDERSHIP

Ridership = More frequency for more people

Locally, ridership on LTD buses has declined by 22% since 2011, yet on the EmX lines ridership is up 35%. More frequent service attracts more riders, both locally and at other transit systems throughout the country. One reason is that people don’t have to pay attention to a schedule; they know a bus will arrive every 15 minutes. So, their wait is not very long, which makes taking the bus more convenient.

 

More people will have access to frequent service

This chart compares access to frequent service between our current system and the proposed system in the Eugene/Springfield metro area. Frequency will encourage non-riders to take the bus. Almost three times more people would have access to service every 10-15 minutes under the proposed system (53,000 have access now, 138,000 would have access under the proposed system). More access makes the bus more convenient, making it a viable option for people who previously did not take the bus.

 
Every 10–15 minutes
 
Every 30 minutes
 
Every 60+ minutes
 
No access

JOBS

Proposed
70%
12%
9%
9%
Existing
42%
42%
7%
9%

ALL RESIDENTS

Proposed
57%
18%
7%
18%
Existing
22%
56%
9%
13%

PEOPLE OF COLOR

Proposed
63%
17%
6%
14%
Existing
22%
61%
6%
11%

PEOPLE EXPERIENCING POVERTY

Proposed
71%
11%
7%
11%
Existing
31%
53%
7%
9%

SENIORS (65+)

Proposed
49%
22%
9%
20%
Existing
13%
62%
10%
15%

Data source: GTFS March 2019, ACS 2016 (5-Year Estimates)

Today, there are 27,000 boardings daily. Of those, 500 or about 2%, would see their service diminished under the proposed system. Almost three times more people will have frequent access under the proposed system; frequent access is a proven way to increase ridership.

Proposed New System

ROUTE FREQUENCY

 
10 MINUTES
 
15 MINUTES
 
30 MINUTES
Map featuring proposed route frequency

Text Version of Proposed Routes:

BENEFITS

  • Half of metro routes will operate 15 minutes or better on weekdays for most of the day 
  • Better weekend service – more frequency and longer hours 
  • Simplifying routes and schedules makes them easier to use 
  • 85,000 more residents will have 15 minute or better service – more than doubling access to frequent service 
  • Shorter travel times for most people

CHALLENGES

  • Less coverage than today 
  • Some people may have to travel farther to a bus stop 
  • Stops removed serve about 2% – or 500 – of the daily boardings per weekday. A boarding is counted every time someone rides a bus. A round trip would count as two boardings.

COVERAGE

Board asks staff for more information

After the proposed system was unveiled in November, some riders raised concerns about localized reductions in service. The LTD Board asked staff to look at how those concerns might be addressed within the parameters of a system that increases ridership.

Increasing frequency while considering coverage is a delicate balance. Some riders may see their service reduced. The Board is sensitive to mitigating those effects as part of its system design.

Staff will report to the Board in mid-March.

RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY VALUES

  • Social Equity

    The proposed system increases access across the various segments of the community, as shown in this chart.

  • Fiscal Responsibility and Efficiency

    The current system is not efficient and is becoming costly to operate. The proposed system would allow resources to be better used, which allows increases in service including weekends and nights.

  • Climate Change and Sustainability

    LTD recently completed a report that shows the most effective thing LTD can do to affect climate change is to increase ridership.

SCHEDULE

What’s next?

January – March
Community conversations

February 11
Listening session
5:30-7:30pm
Springfield City Hall Lobby
225 Fifth Street
Springfield, OR 97477

February 20
Listening session
5:30-7:30pm
Home2Suites
102 W. 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

March 18 – CANCELED
LTD Board of Directors Work Session (no public comment)
Discuss Network Options
3:30-5:00pm
Downtown Athletic Club
999 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401

March 18 – CANCELED
LTD Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Discuss Network Options
5:30-7:30pm
Downtown Athletic Club
999 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401

March – May
Invite public comment

May 20 – POSTPONED
Hold public hearing

June 17 – POSTPONED
Take final Board action

COMMENT

Phone message

541-682-3240

Mail comments to

P.O. Box 7070
Springfield, OR 97475


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ABOUT

What is Transit Tomorrow

Over the past 50 years, LTD’s service changed to respond to emerging transportation needs of the community, primarily through relatively small annual adjustments. Generally, they served the community and riders well.

The last major redesign was 20 years ago. As the community expands and changes, so does its values and needs. Initially, Transit Tomorrow provided an opportunity to collaborate with the community, take a comprehensive look at the system, and provide feedback. These questions were asked: Do the services provided by LTD still reflect the community’s priorities? Is LTD performing and delivering the best service to meet the goals of the community?

Since the conversation began in 2018, many local residents participated in Transit Tomorrow through public meetings, media outreach, print materials, and online engagement. A key decision point was between investing resources to provide frequent bus service in areas where the most people are likely to ride (ridership) or prioritizing service to reach as many neighborhoods and commercial areas as possible (coverage).

After careful consideration and based on community input, the LTD Board of Directors in August 2019 voted unanimously to focus resources on providing frequent bus service to make the system more useful, understanding that to accomplish this some areas of the community may lose or experience a reduction in service. That public input, resulted in a proposed system redesign, which is presented on this site.

Project History

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