1. 2025 Transit/Land Use Plan Implementation
Move ahead with key actions that enable the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) to achieve early and effective results
A new Chief Transit Official has been hired to implement the 2025 Transit/Land-Use Plan and to coordinate the delivery of regional transit service. The transit initiatives are:
- Initiate county-wide transit service plan development. Outputs to include Five-Year Transit Development Program with a Fleet Plan; Operating Facility Plan; Service Facility Plan; Service Policies and Standards; and Marketing and Service Maintenance Strategies. Complete in time to present Permanent Transit Work Program to MTC in December 2000
- Coordinate South Corridor Improvement Plan. Select local preferred alternative (LPA) for Mecklenburg County portion of the corridor by April 2000. Complete South Carolina/York County MIS work by September 2000. Initiate preliminary engineering on LPA by December 2000
- Initiate MIS work on the other four corridors (Airport, North, Northeast and Independence) by March, including both transportation planning and land-use planning studies.
- North Corridor MIS, undertake a review of whether an immediate action investment strategy could be pursued to mitigate traffic impacts of the planned reconstruction of I-77 in North Mecklenburg County by NCDOT. Complete this review by July 2000.
- Develop a plan for how the regional transit system will serve the Uptown area as the hub for the major transit investments to be made in the five corridors under the 2025 plan. Coordinate with NCDOT on their planning for the proposed Intermodal Transportation Center on West Trade Street.
- Implement planned bus service improvements and capital projects, including pedestrian access designed to improve CTS and STS operations.
- Develop and implement a strategy to secure state and federal resources (to complement local funds) to successfully implement the "Centers & Corridors" Plan.
- Increase in transit ridership
- Adoptions of a comprehensive work plan and budget for FY2001 (addressing transit and land-use) by City Council and County Commission
- Implementation of Five-Year Plan initiatives.
2. Transit System Governance
The newly created Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) is functioning with county-wide and regional members (non-voting). The 2000-2001 initiatives will be:
- Develop a work program for the Citizens Transit Advisory Committee and support the group's involvement in refining and implementing the 2015 Plan.
- Establish an organization structure for staffing the MTC covering operations, planning, design and construction activities. Initiate the necessary steps to transfer, recruit and/or hire staff for the organization.
- Develop performance objectives, measures and standards for the regional transit system.
- Review the existing governance structure for making decisions on major transit investments to facilitate development of a regional system and ensure the creation of effective partnerships on land use and system financing and operations.
- Citizens Transit Advisory Group work products
- Transit staffing in place
- Transit performance management system in place
3. Land Use Policies/Development Incentives
Adopt a policy framework within which individual corridor land use plans are prepared to support transit-oriented development.
- Planning staff completes a draft general development policies document incorporating recommended policy changes needed to support and encourage transit-oriented development, January 1999 through June 2000
- Growing Smarter Stakeholders group reviews and comments on draft policies in the context of Growing Smarter initiatives and priorities, April through June 2000
- Public meetings are held throughout the county for input and review, July through September 2000
- Planning Commission, City Council and County Commission adopt revised general development policies. Planning Commission makes recommendations by December 2000 and elected officials adopt by March 2001.
- Planning staff develops an electronic tracking system to record and monitor development activity throughout Mecklenburg County
- Completion of draft "General Development Policies" document
- Adoption of General Development Policies to be used as a framework for more detailed land-use planning along transit corridors.
- Completion of an electronic data base and tracking system that provides information about the amount and type of development occurring in transit corridors, at I-485 interchanges, and throughout the county.