Opportunity Link Public Transportation Implementation Plan
Primary Investigator Contact Information
External Project Contact(s)
- Opportunity Link Public Transportation Implementation Plan
- David Kack
The objective of this project is to develop a plan for implementing a public transportation (transit) service that would serve Blaine and Hill counties in Montana.
Frontier areas of Montana face many challenges, including transportation within, and to small communities (towns), as well as transportation to larger communities. People living and traveling in frontier areas need reliable transportation for a variety of purposes, including employment and educational opportunities, as well as for medical, recreation and other “life” purposes.
The goal of this research project, which will be conducted by the Western Transportation Institute working in cooperation with Opportunity Link, is to develop a plan for implementing a public transportation (transit) service that would serve Blaine and Hill counties; including submitting an application to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), to obtain funding for a transit system. A secondary goal is to ensure coordination between the proposed system and any other public transportation systems in the area.
The Western Transportation Institute will collaborate with Opportunity Link to develop the plan by reviewing current information and communicating with other relevant stakeholders, including other public transportation systems in the area, the Montana Department of Transportation, counties, and tribal organizations.
- System Recommendations
- Based on the data collected and input from key stakeholders, recommendations will be made on how to implement a public transportation system in the region. The recommendations will include data on costs, possible sources of funding, and general information on routes and schedules.
- Project Management
- The purpose of this task is to provide for overall management during the course of the project, including meetings, teleconferences and reporting activities.
- MDT Application
- The team will use the transit plan and system recommendations to develop an application for transit funds from the Montana Department of Transportation to implement the public transportation system as defined by this project.
- Coordination Plan
- As required by the MDT application, a coordination plan will be developed to show the existing resources available for a transit system, and how the various stakeholders will work together to implement and support the proposed transit system. A Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) may be formed as part of this task.
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Researchers will gather all necessary information so that a general public transit system can be recommended for implementation. The data collected will be analyzed to provide the foundation for a coordination plan that would be part of the application to MDT for transit funds.
Milestones, Dates, Schedule
Relationship to Other Research Projects
Technology Transfer Activities
Transportation Research Board Keywords
Public transportation, transportation coordination, transit development, rural transportation
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