SACOG Board Kicks Off ‘Next Generation Transit’ Initiative

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10/31/18 The SACOG board kicked off a bold new “Next Generation Transit” initiative at its October 18 meeting. Speakers from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMTA) and Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) provided board members with their agency’s roadmaps for rethinking their business proposition in an age of disruption. Nadine Lee, the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for LAMTA, explained how their unsolicited proposals policy is generating new ideas from the private sector to speed up buses, offer new microtransit services and even allow the ability to pay tolls from a smartphone. RT Planning Manager James Boyle walked the SACOG board through the agency’s Route Optimization Study designed to focus on higher frequency routes across Sacramento County in order to build increased ridership. A new service model based on more frequent and premium bus service for RT could be complemented by their emerging success in microtransit, providing door to door service in neighborhoods that are harder to serve with fixed route buses.

The workshop was timed to coincide with the release of a new Request for Qualifications for a consultant services to help SACOG craft a Next Generation Transit strategy for the six county region. The strategy document is expected to be released in mid-2019.