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  • The Middlesex County

    Community Shuttle System

    An New Public Transit for the Suburbs

    CTAA Expo

    May 2012

  • Middlesex County at a Glance

    310 square miles

    805,000 population

    Two cities of over 40,000

    Three commuter rail lines and Amtrak

    High density commuter bus service

    Limited local bus (seven routes)

  • Early System History 1975: Title XX funded system began as

    Area Wide Transportation System (AWTS)

    1984- Casino Revenue Tax funding begins

    1993- Federal grant to NJDOL for

    employment transportation for PWD

    2004- First peak period shuttle for

    employment transportation

    2005- Creation of Middlesex County DOT

    and AWTS become Middlesex County

    Area Transit (MCAT)

  • MCAT Mission Expand mobility opportunities for

    transportation dependent residents

    Integrate the operations of MCAT services with NJ Transit and other traditional transit providers where appropriate

    Improve coordination with contiguous county, municipal and human service agency transportation providers

    Work with regional agencies to create services to address unmet needs

  • Why Community Shuttle? Smaller, more efficient buses sized to

    demand

    Scheduled service that can perform route deviations and increase productivity

    Combining traditional paratransit customers with traditional public transit customers

    Extend the reach of traditional public bus and rail into lower density suburban areas

    NJ Transit does not have the funding to create new suburban intrastate bus routes

  • Basic Principles for Effectively

    Serving Suburbs Link a wide variety of residential origins

    and destinations

    Blend a variety of funding sources

    Use clock headways and timed transfer to promote transit integration

    Aggressively market services via timetable distribution to key residential origins and destinations

    Provide extra recovery time to allow minor route deviations

  • The MCAT Community Shuttle

    System

  • Funding

    JARC (M1 and M2)

    Casino Revenue (M2)

    New Freedom (M3 and M6)

    County/Municipal (M4 and M5)

    CMAQ (M7)

    Suggested $1 Fare (generated over

    $100,000 in 2011)

  • Route Total Daily

    PT

    Total Daily

    Work PT

    Key Work

    Destination

    M1 320 120 Warehouse

    M2 62 12 Mall

    M3 74 10 Mall

    M4 432 86 Rail Connect

    M5 173 34 Downtown

    M6 71 56 Rail Connect

    M7 68 14 Retail Shop

  • 0

    50,000

    100,000

    150,000

    200,000

    250,000

    300,000

    MCAT ANNUAL SHUTTLE RIDERSHIP

  • 251,392

    474,577

    0

    100,000

    200,000

    300,000

    400,000

    500,000

    MCAT ANNUAL RIDERSHIP

    2005 - 2009PASSENGERTRIPS

    2 0 0 5 2 0 0 9

  • 285,000

    290,000

    295,000

    300,000

    305,000

    310,000

    315,000

    320,000

    325,000

    2010 2011

    324,729

    359,129

    MCAT Shuttle Ridership Today

  • MCAT Total Ridership Today

    20112010

    487,300502,197

  • SYSTEM COST PER TRIP- 2005-

    2011

    $11.61 $10.09

    $0

    $5

    $10

    $15

  • SYSTEM TRIPS PER HOUR:

    2005-2011

    2.20

    4.09

    0

    1

    2

    3

    4

    2005 2011

  • Future Potential

    Continue to serve as incubator for

    traditional bus transit routes

    Consider swapping poorly performing NJ

    Transit routes with growing MCAT routes

    (NJT 811, M1)

    Operate larger capacity vehicles as

    passenger volumes grow with minimal

    marginal cost

  • Conclusions

    Community Shuttles are a more efficient

    application of human service grant funding

    Shuttles bring riders to traditional transit,

    taking advantage of existing public

    investment

    Shuttles can be a cost-efficient mode for

    serving suburban employment

    destinations