ABOUT THE STUDY
As the community within St. Clair County evolves, so do the region’s transit needs.
St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) is conducting an in-depth review of the existing transit network through a study called SCCTD Transit Vision 2020. The purpose of the study is to identify what is and is not working well, where service is and is not needed, and ultimately, how SCCTD can better serve the region.
Through SCCTD Transit Vision
2020, SCCTD hopes to:
- Better understand how we can best serve our existing and potential customers, and further define transit’s role in regional mobility and economic development.
- Increase ridership through improved design and operation of public transit in St. Clair County and the surrounding metro area.
- Establish a framework for making decisions about existing and future transit service.
- Develop closer links between SCCTD and the community that builds advocacy and ownership.
To accomplish this, SCCTD will be soliciting input from the public throughout each step of the study process to ensure recommended service changes meet the needs of the community. The completion date of SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 is set for February 2020.
May – August 2019 – Understanding Today’s SCCTD Service and Riders
- Talk with key stakeholders to gain insight into regional priorities for transit service.
- Gain insight from riders in regard to how they use the system; learn what components of SCCTD’s network the community likes and where are the opportunities for refinement remain.
- Evaluate current population and employment trends, travel patterns, and future development plans to understand potential demand for transit service.
- Analyze the current system on a route by route and stop-level basis, paying special attention to what works well and what needs improvement.
- Review existing financial conditions to understand revenue sources and drivers in costs.
August 2019 – February 2020 – Develop Guiding Principles and Service Development Framework
- Identify guiding principles, or themes for change, from earlier project tasks and outreach sessions. Key issues will include identifying the current and expected future roles of transit in local and regional mobility and outlining transit’s link with the region’s overall development.
- Establish a service development framework that will provide an overview of proposed service types, their roles in the network, and their levels of service (how often and what hours they run).
- Develop service recommendations based on the key takeaways from the analysis of current conditions and the guiding principles.
- Refine recommendations through collaboration with SCCTD staff, stakeholders, riders, and members of the general public through a series of public outreach events including public meetings, surveys, and interviews.
December 2019 – February 2020 – Finalizing SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 Plan
- Finalize the service plan.
- Provide implementation plan that will include recommendations for service change rollouts.
- Develop a public and stakeholder involvement action plan.
- Deliver a financial plan to ensure that SCCTD remains financially sustainable.
- Assess capital needs required to support the service plan (i.e. new stations, stops, shelters).
- Evaluate vehicle requirements needed to support proposed service levels.
The SCCTD Transit Vision 2020 website will be continually updated as the study progresses, with project data and information available to the community. From this site, you will be able to:
- Review study-related data
- Access interim and final study products
- Keep up to date with public outreach events
- Participate in online surveys
- Submit comments and questions regarding the study
- Sign up for the project email list
- Take the survey: click here
Opportunities for public involvement will occur throughout the project, with both in-person events and ongoing engagement online. These community events will include pop-up kiosks at transit stations, meetings with community organizations, and open houses. Specific events and times have not yet been set; information about these events will be posted as they are finalized.
In addition to the variety of public events, feedback can always be submitted via email (email@example.com), through our office (located at 27 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220), by calling (618) 628-8090 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by connecting with us on Facebook. To see slides from the kickoff event presentation, click here.
Kickoff Event Dot Exercise Maps:
Below are the maps used in the dot exercise from the Transit Vision 2020 Kickoff Event held on July 24, 2019. Each dot represents a priority for the attendee. The color of each dot represented the level of priority for each area of interest with yellow dots representing the highest priority to the rider, followed by the green dots, and then the red dots representing the third-highest priority. Take the survey: click here.