The proposed system increases access across the various segments of the community, as shown in this chart.
Proposed New System
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
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.
To access presentations and documents related to Transit Tomorrow, please click on this link.