Regional Transit Framework Study

About the Project

The purpose of the Regional Transit Framework Study (RTFS) is to create a vision and philosophy for public transportation services to meet the growing needs of the eight-county H-GAC region between now and the year 2040.

The original RTFS effort, undertaken in 2010, developed four regional transit scenarios with alternative visions for addressing the region’s transit needs by 2040. Since the original RTFS process occurred, several developments have occurred that have impacted some of the assumptions and recommendations contained in the original study. These developments include the 2010 Census, the emergence of a new large urbanized area (Conroe-The Woodlands), the 2012 METRO General Mobility program referendum, METRO’s New Bus Network, and federal legislation such as MAP-21 and the FAST Act. Taken as a whole, these and other developments require the RTFS to be updated.

In 2015, H-GAC began an update of the RTFS. The updated plan will provide recommendations for services, capital facilities, concepts and policies aimed at meeting the anticipated need for transit in 2040. The updated RTFS will use sources such as existing transit need, long-term population and employment projections, services identified by other studies, and needs identified by regional providers to generate recommendations for expanded regional transit services.

The updated RTFS will use sources such as existing transit need, long-term population and employment projections, services identified by other studies, and needs identified by regional providers to generate recommendations for expanded regional transit services.

The study will have three components:

  1. A conservative, financially-constrained “incremental expansion” scenario of service types and standards that is based on current revenue projections and is intended to be incorporated into the 2040 RTP.
  2. An unconstrained “vision” scenario of additional services that could be implemented as new funding becomes available. A set of policy recommendations to increase regional cooperation, provide seamless services between providers, improve access to transit, maintain the region’s transit infrastructure in a state of good repair, leverage new technologies to expand the reach of transit, and improve the overall transit network’s performance through operational enhancements.
  3. A key goal of the RTFS is to create a consensus among providers, elected officials and stakeholders that ensures a robust and unified regional transit network capable of meeting the needs of the growing H-GAC region.

Public Involvement

The Regional Transit Framework Study is updated on a regular cycle. As the update process is initiated, a vigorous public outreach process that actively engages a wide range of stakeholders in the update process will be undertaken. This will include the formulation of a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) incorporates a variety of meetings and other methods of communication that will ensure that diverse public interests are being served, interested stakeholders are being educated, and that the comments and suggestions from the public reach the RTFS update team.

 

More Information

For more information on the Regional Transit Framework Study, please contact Thomas.Gray@h-gac.com.