CONNECT Beyond Online Meeting

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Welcome

Welcome to the first online meeting and community survey for CONNECT Beyond!

CONNECT Beyond is a regional mobility initiative led by the Centralina Regional Council and the Charlotte Area Transit System to guide the development of a vision for our region’s transit system and services.

Please take a few moments and provide comments on the candidate high capacity transit corridors and take our community survey to share what mobility means to you. Our online survey will be open until December 31, 2020.

 

How to participate

  • Click through the next few slides to learn more about CONNECT Beyond and the candidate high capacity transit corridors such as light rail, bus rapid transit, express bus, and commuter rail envisioned for our region
  • Give us feedback on the corridors most related to where you want to travel by completing the survey on the county page
  • Tell us more about your current commute to help shape the future of transit and mobility in our region

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Project Overview

How do you want travel around the region in 25 years and beyond?

As rapid growth continues in our region, we want to make it easy to move within our towns and cities, and across county lines, using public transportation, connecting you and others to jobs, education, medical facilities, services, entertainment, sporting events, culture, and more.

Access to reliable, efficient, and well-connected transportation options is one of the most important factors to ensure our communities remain economically competitive and that everyone can benefit. CONNECT Beyond is working to identify gaps in current public transit services available and create a regional transit vision outlining opportunities to increase access and encourage use of public transit services and other mobility options.

Project Priorities

  • Increase Economic Competitiveness

    Keeping the momentum of regional job growth and economic expansion

  • Improve Transportation Choice

    Investing in transportation options beyond highways and roads as a means of expanding travel choices

  • Enhance Public Transit

    Growing services to meet current and future needs, improving connections between systems, and increasing mobility options

  • Promote Sustainable Regional Growth

    Supporting growth patterns that create efficiencies in infrastructure and services, support making stronger communities and downtowns, and safeguard our natural environment

  • Advance Social Equity

    Providing access to education, jobs, and housing to increase economic and social mobility

  • Encourage Environmental Sustainability

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy

Our Region

Over 50% of people in the 12 county, 2 state CONNECT Beyond region live in one county and work in another.

The project study area includes Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties in North Carolina, and the urbanized areas of Lancaster and York Counties in South Carolina. The project study area includes rural communities, small towns, suburban areas, regional cities and an urban hub – the City of Charlotte.

Chances are that you or your next-door neighbor lives in one of the communities noted above and makes up that 50% statistic of living in one county and work in another. In addition, through your commutes you may have noted that each of these geography types has unique transportation challenge and need. Understanding and helping address those challenges is a key purpose of this study to develop our regional vision.

Imagine being able to travel from Anson County to Cleveland County without needing to own a car, imagine having access to more educational institutions via transit, imagine being able to reach more jobs, taking a power nap on the way to / from work, and having the luxury of keeping up with your favorite website or app during the commute?

Project Study Area

Project Study Area map

The Process

We will develop our regional vision in four steps

Step 1: Evaluate Existing Transit Systems Summer - Fall 2020

What are we doing well? Where are the gaps and barriers to mobility?
Conduct a detailed evaluation of the region's current transit systems, past planning efforts and our partners’ previous and current transportation plans. During this time, we will also form stakeholder advisory committees and begin our initial public engagement.

Step 2: Identify High Capacity Transit Corridors Fall - Winter 2021

Which corridors within our region would be good candidates for High Capacity Transit to best connect people to jobs, housing, medical services, education and other key destinations?
High capacity transit includes light rail, bus rapid transit, express bus, and commuter rail. In this step, we will identify high capacity transit corridors that are extensions of current or new corridors in the region.

Step 3: Envision a Total Mobility Network Winter - Summer 2021

How can we best expand local services to increase transportation options and increase access to high capacity transit corridors?
Identify the role of transit in a multimodal network that will include a wide variety of transportation solutions, including bus connectors, demand response van networks, bike and pedestrian amenities, integration of ride share companies (e.g. Uber, Lyft, etc.), electric scooters, and other emerging technologies to supplement high capacity transit and commuter rail lines.

Step 4: Develop Implementation Strategies Summer - Fall 2021

How can local transit providers and planning agencies use the results of this initiative?
In coordination with regional planning agencies, develop implementation strategies for refining, connecting, and expanding the existing transit network that supports the long-term vision and values of our region.

Total Mobility Network

What is a Total Mobility Network?

Transportation choice describes the variety of transportation options, such as driving a car, taking public transit, riding a bike, walking, or using a ride share service, available to residents and visitors within a region.​ Every person has different transportation needs and often combine several transportation options to accomplish a trip throughout a day. A total mobility network looks at a host of mode choice combinations, for example, a user may take a ride-share service to reach a park-and-ride lot and then take commuter rail to reach their destination.

Travel Modes

To improve mobility in our region, we need to develop a seamless multimodal transportation system, a system that considers the simplest mobility mode (walking), to the largest mobility modes (commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, etc.).

For the purposes of this initiative, the CONNECT Beyond process is starting with understanding the potential for the largest mobility modes and will work towards the simplest mobility modes. We are starting with high capacity transit corridors and will build onto this network with supportive transit and transportation options.

High Capacity Transit

High capacity transit describes transit modes that have more capacity than traditional buses and provide speedy transportation services, such as light rail, bus rapid transit, express bus or commuter rail.

Commuter Rail Light Rail Bus Rapid Transit Express Bus

Service Area

Regional Urban

Intended for Long-Distance Commuters from Suburbs into a Central City

Service Area

Regional Urban

Intended for a Variety of Trips from Regional to Local

Service Area

Regional Suburban Urban

Intended for a Variety of Trips from Regional to Local

Service Area

Regional Suburban Urban

Intended for Daily Commuters from Park-and-Ride Locations to Employment Centers

Frequency

Peak and Limited Off Peak
Services 20/30 Min.

Frequency

4 AM To 1 AM
10/20 Min.

Frequency

4 AM To 1 AM
10/20 Min.

Frequency

Peak and Limited Off Peak
Services 20/30 Min

Avg. Corridor Length

20+ Miles

Avg. Corridor Length

10 - 20 Miles

Avg. Corridor Length

10 - 25 Miles

Avg. Corridor Length

15 - 20 Miles

Avg. Distance Between Station / Stops

2-5 Miles

Avg. Distance Between Station / Stops

1 Mile

Avg. Distance Between Station / Stops

0.5 - 2 Miles

Avg. Distance Between Station / Stops

Regional Service = 5 Miles
Urban Area = > 1 Mile

Candidate High Capacity Transit Corridors

Interactive Map

The CONNECT Beyond team has been analyzing transportation and transit plans from communities across our region, previous public input, current and future travel patterns, population and employment growth trends, regional growth initiatives, future land use, and other data, to develop or refine draft high capacity transit corridors.

We want to hear from you! On the next several slides, you can zoom in to specific counties and share your views on the corridors most related to where you want to travel.

Cabarrus & Rowan Counties

Tell us how you feel about the candidate high capacity transit corridors in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties.

Your response has been submitted. Thank you!

Gaston, Cleveland, & Lincoln Counties

Tell us how you feel about the candidate high capacity transit corridors in Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln Counties.

Your response has been submitted. Thank you!

Mecklenburg, Iredell, & Union Counties

Tell us how you feel about the candidate high capacity transit corridors in Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Union Counties.

Your response has been submitted. Thank you!

Anson, Stanly, & Eastern Union Counties

Tell us how you feel about the candidate high capacity transit corridors in Anson, Stanly, and Eastern Union Counties.

Your response has been submitted. Thank you!

E. York & N. Lancaster Counties

Tell us how you feel about the candidate high capacity transit corridors in E. York and N. Lancaster Counties.

Your response has been submitted. Thank you!

Tell Us More

Help Us Shape the Future of Transit and Mobility in Our Region!

As you answer the questions below, please think about your travel needs prior to COVID-19. We will ask questions later to understand how your travel patterns have changed.

Community Survey

Tell us about your current commute

1. Name (optional)

3. Tell us where you travel most by answering the following questions.

Comfort – Physical comfort during my commute is important
Cost – My transportation choice meets my budget
Environmental impact – My transportation choice takes the environment into consideration
Physical accessibility – I have specific accessibility needs that need to be met
Reliability – My choice gets me where I need to go consistently on-time
Time – My transportation choice works on my schedule

7. Understanding the long-range goals and vision of area residents is vital to the creation of a regional transit plan. When thinking about future transportation improvements across the region, tell us how important each of the following statements are to you.

Public Transit in your Area »

Public Transit in your Area

Increasing access to public transit service within cities
Connecting public transit stations/stops between systems for ease of travel between cities
"On street" bicycle facilities (e.g. bike lanes, cycle tracks)
"Off street" shared use paths/trails
Pedestrian facilities (e.g. sidewalks, etc.)
Improving the physical condition of roadways
Improving physical condition of shared use paths and trails
Emerging technologies (e.g. ride share, autonomous vehicles, e-scooters)
Other
« Tell Us about your current Commute Demographics »

Demographics

To ensure our survey is representative of the community, please provide the following optional questions:

« Public Transit in your Area

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Project Email

contact@connect-beyond.com

Project Website

www.connect-beyond.com

Regional Partners

CONNECT Beyond is a regional mobility initiative that is being led by the Centralina Regional Council and Metrolina Transit Commission in collaboration with our regional partners. As we develop this regional transit vision, we will create action-oriented implementation strategies to help our regional partners to plan effective transit investments and coordinate transit operations to meet the need of the growing and changing population.