ValleyConnect 2.0 is Valley Regional Transit's six-year capital and service plan. However, ValleyConnect 2.0 will differ from a typical six-year Transit Development Plan in the following significant ways:
- it plans for significant growth beyond our expected revenues;
- it establishes network design principles;
- it establishes the performance metrics that will be used to inform both near- and long-term decisions; and
- it establishes the themes for prioritizing projects.
Over time, VRT will continue to review ValleyConnect 2.0 and update it as necessary.
Work on ValleyConnect 2.0 began in the spring of 2016. The early emphasis in developing the plan was on capital, followed by performance metrics and prioritization. A draft plan will be presented to VRT governing bodies for review and recommendation. The final plan is expected to go before the VRT Board for approval in January 2018. The plan will be posted on this website once it is approved.
Building the Plan
Valley Connect 2.0 is built on the following mission, vision and goals:
- VISION - We envision a region with comprehensive public transportation choices designed to meet the needs of citizens and businesses and to support livable, healthy, and sustainable communities. And we envision adequate and secure funding to support these choices.
- MISSION - Ensure comprehensive public and private transportation choices, improve the region's quality of life through enhancing access to health service providers, economic opportunities, and encouraging more active transportation.
- Provide safe and reliable multi-modal transportation choices considering the entire trip from origination to destination.
- Prioritize investments in efficient fixed-route service that expands public mobility while leveraging, maximizing and enhancing the utilization of the existing transportation assets and resources.
- Ensure comprehensive transportation choices and access that support economic growth and enhanced quality of life for the region.
ValleyConnect 2.0 includes the following three scenarios:
- Current funding - would need about a 10 percent increase in funding and would provide about 110,00 hours of fixed-route service a year (the current number of fixed-route service hours is about 98,000).
- Intermediate funding - would require an estimated $10 million in additional funding and would provide about 200,000 hours of service annually.
- Growth target - would require an estimated $30 million is additional funding and provide about 400,000 hours of service annually.
The operating investments described in these scenarios will be supported with significant capital investments that will help transit services run quickly and reliably, enhance the rider experience, help build community and integrate the planned development for the region.
As we design the plan, the following principles will be used:
- Serve areas of strong demand with frequent service
- Have strong anchors on both ends
- Be as direct and simple as possible
- Have an even distribution of ridership throughout the day
- Be as long as possible