Tuesday, 12 October 2010

AA Recommendations Presented Oct. 18

HART's Alternatives Analysis study team will present its findings to the Board of Directors at its next regular meeting on Monday, October 18, at 8:30 a.m. in the Planning Commission Boardroom at the County Center.

The Alternatives Analysis is an important first step toward securing federal funding for a major transit investment. Before submitting a project for evaluation by the Federal Transit Administration, local authorities are required to evaluate technical aspects like ridership and travel forecasting, cost effectiveness, benefits and impacts, and land use issues.

In addition, one of the most vital parts of the AA process is public opinion. That's why HART and our colleagues at PB Americas held numerous public events over the past year to hear residents' thoughts on our plans.

With the final two public hearings wrapping up last week, the study team is putting all of the comments and suggestions together with the technical assessments to make a recommendation for what's known as the Locally Preferred Alternative, or LPA, which will detail which routes a new transit project would take, as well as whether the new system would be light rail, bus rapid transit, enhanced bus, or some other type of service.

Once the study team makes its recommendation on Monday, the HART Board will make the final decision on the LPA.

More AA Info on Website
Throughout the process, HART has maintained a website dedicated to the AA. If you'd like to get some background on the AA, view presentations, see maps of the study area, view light-rail videos, and learn a whole lot more, you can check it out at http://www.gohartaa.org/.

And of course, check back here for an update after Monday's Board meeting.

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