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Type: Work Session - Information Status: Work Session
File created: 12/30/2022 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/18/2023 Final action:
Title: Charlottesville Area Transit Micro-transit Feasibility Analysis
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AGENDA DATE: 1/18/2023

Charlottesville Area Transit Micro-transit Feasibility Analysis

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Presentation on the CAT Micro-transit Feasibility Analysis

ITEM TYPE: Regular Information Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Henry, Filardo, McDermott, Hersh-Ballering

PRESENTER (S): Garland Williams (CAT); Jessica Choi, Consultant Project Manager (Kimley-Horn)

LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: Microtransit is a relatively new transit mode being implemented across the country. The service is an on-demand, technology-enabled solution that offers real-time trip requests and dynamically routed vehicles. Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) received a demonstration grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) regarding CAT micro-transit implementation for two zones: US 29 North and Pantops. The zones were determined through a previous study, the Albemarle County Transit Expansion Study, facilitated by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC). The first steps in the implementation are to conduct a feasibility study to confirm a preferred micro-transit operating model and to develop corresponding language for a request-for-proposal (RFP), planned to be issued in Spring 2023. This effort is being led by a consultant to CAT. This micro-transit service (and operator) will operate under the CAT umbrella of services and not serve as a stand-alone entity.

The consulting team's work is underway with staff from CAT, Albemarle County, and the TJPDC serving as the project management team and technical advisors.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Thriving Development Areas - Attract quality employment, commercial, and high density residential uses into development areas by providing services and infrastructure that encourage redevelopment and private investment while protecting the quality of neighborhoods.

DISCUSSION: While the feasibility study has n...

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