Reimagining How Public Transit can Better Serve the Sacramento Region
SACOG launches Next Generation Transit study


October 28, 2020: This month SACOG staff kicked off the Next Generation Transit Study project with our consultant partner ARUP. This project is an opportunity to reimagine public transit for the Sacramento region: how it is delivered and how passengers are served. This collaborative effort will shape a vision of the next generation of transit for the region that includes strategies to integrate traditional transit services with new mobility options. Together with our member jurisdictions, public transit agencies, and key stakeholders this project will identify goals for transportation and mobility that support the region’s overarching vision for the future and identify and prioritize specific strategies for improving transit in both the near term (five years) and long term (15-20 years). 

As part of the strategic plan framework, ARUP will develop technical summaries of where traditional public transit is going, and what the future looks like for the success of traditional public transit services given regional changes in technology, land use, demographics, and employment. The project will analyze six key issue areas: Transit Service, Interagency Collaboration, User Experience, Travelers, Land Use, and Emerging Mobility. The project work will be guided by a Policy Advisory Committee of business and economic development leaders as well as regional advocates, and a Technical Advisory Committee with a broader range of stakeholders, including transit service providers and experts for specific topic areas. The stakeholder process will begin this November and continue through spring of next year. 

An effective regional transit system is a cornerstone to the region’s 2020 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS).  Increases in transit services and ridership are needed to help the region meet its state-mandated target of a 19 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by 2040. Those statewide GHG targets are projected to increase in the future but the transit industry has reported substantial ridership declines. Even before the current pandemic, volatile funding sources, disruptive technologies, and costs increasing while productivity lags, are among the challenges to realizing the regional transit system needed to meet the MTP/SCS vision. 

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