FORT BEND COUNTY TRANSIT PLAN

HOUSTON-GALVESTON AREA COUNCIL (H-GAC)

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The Goodman Corporation (TGC) was engaged by H-GAC and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to act as the lead firm in the development of a comprehensive transit plan for Fort Bend County, as the county is expected to continue to experience rapid residential and commercial growth. The resulting increase in area congestion presented a challenge to the area’s livability and mobility. Development of this transit plan was an essential step in addressing these challenges and providing connectivity to major activity centers outside the county. Key services included:

ENHANCING EXISTING SERVICES THROUGH COORDINATION

As transit coordination among social service providers is a prerequisite for TxDOT funding, this plan emphasized opportunities for shared services and highlighted the management structure to effectively organize/coordinate shared services.

CREATING COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR NEW SERVICES

TGC presented several cost-effective transit mode and service alternatives and components in low/medium/high investment alternatives. Coordinating transit services was essential in expanding services and maximizing the impact of local share expenditures. New services include countywide demand-response services; expanded park & ride services/facilities; and local circulator/connector services. The capital and operating plans cover a 20-year period and present schedules for constructing new facilities and implementing new services.

IDENTIFYING CAPITAL AND OPERATING FUNDING SOURCES

The county had not leveraged its local expenditures against federal state, and other funding sources. TGC modeled the leverage impact in low/medium/high investment scenarios and outlined a strategy to facilitate coordination between the county and its providers to enable enhanced leveraging capability.

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SERVICES PROVIDED

Feasibility Study
Service Coordination Planning Funding Strategy
Operating and Capital Budgeting

TIMEFRAME

2007