Montana One-Stop Shop Research Project

Montana One-Stop Shop Research Project

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), the Montana Transportation Partnership, and other partners conducted a research project and produced an implementation plan for a "one-stop shop" where Montana residents and visitors could find information about transportation options. The project focused on public transportation and other specialized needs. Research was conducted by a consultant team led by PBS&J along with Current Transportation Solutions and the ETC Institute.

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Idaho Mobility Management Planning Program

Idaho Mobility Management Planning Program

Current Transportation Solutions, serving as a subcontractor to KFH Group, worked with the Idaho Transportation Department to help develop and implement their coordination process. The team led planning efforts and outreach to develop 17 community plans, 6 district plans, and one statewide plan. Current Transportation Solutions was responsible for the plans in Districts 5 and 6.

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Idaho 5311(f) Program Review

Idaho 5311(f) Program Review

Current Transportation Solutions conducted an assessment of Idaho’s intercity bus service with a primary focus on services that receive Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5311(f) Rural Intercity Program grants through the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Public Transportation. The report was designed to be used as a tool for helping make decisions about funding and improving intercity service and for improving intercity passenger facilities. The final report provided ITD and Idaho’s transportation providers with an overview of existing services, a list of gaps, and a recommended prioritization for filling those gaps. Additionally, the report documented intercity nodes and facilities. 

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Idaho Intercity Corridor Definition

Idaho Intercity Corridor Definition

Current Transportation Solutions developed a plan for improved, coordinated intercity services to meet the needs of Idaho residents and visitors and the goals of the FTA 5311(f) program.  The project was based on the recommendations of the Idaho 5311(f) Intercity Program Review.  The information and recommendations developed through this project are being used by the Idaho Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) and Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to assign funding for intercity routes, and to expand and improve service on specific corridors.

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Fort Peck Tribes Transportation Development Plan Update

Fort Peck Tribes Transportation Development Plan Update

The Current Transportation Solutions team updated the Transportation Development Plan (TDP) for the Fort Peck Transportation System (FPTS). The project produced a five-year plan to guide the FPTS director, the board, and other stakeholders in assessing transportation conditions and implementing improvements.

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Helena Area Inclusive Transit Planning Phase 1

Helena Area Inclusive Transit Planning Phase 1

Stakeholders participated in a variety of outreach activities focused on: 1) developing a clearer picture of the transportation needs of stakeholders in the county, especially the needs of residents in areas of the county that are not currently served by the Helena Area Transit Service (HATS) like the “North Valley;” and 2) bringing stakeholder organizations together to create a strong voice for the needs of the populations they serve with regards to transportation, and to start to build consensus on recommendations for improving service to meet these needs. 

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Michigan Livable Communities Demonstration Project

Michigan Livable Communities Demonstration Project

Current Transportation Solutions worked with Smart Growth America and a variety of local partners to develop mobility management strategies in Marquette County, the Grand Traverse region, and the Lansing Tri-County area. The Marquette project focused on Marquette’s city core and the goal of making transit an integral part of a mixed-use corridor linking downtown, the regional hospital, and other large employers with Northern Michigan University (NMU) and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Grand Traverse project focused on integration and collaboration between the region’s five transit agencies, with a focus on improving transportation service for commuters and tourists. The Lansing Tri-County project focused on developing coordination strategies to improve non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) and coordination with Medicaid.

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Helena 2013 Transit Development Plan

Helena 2013 Transit Development Plan

The Helena Area Transit System (HATS) hired Current Transportation Solutions to update their Transportation Development Plan. The planning process included an extensive public participation program involving hundreds of survey responses, three public meetings and over 20 stakeholder interviews. HATS wanted a high level of public engagement because they are seeking to transition from focusing primarily on providing demand-response service for transportation disadvantaged populations, to a broader focus on serving the entire community through shifting resources to expanded and improved fixed route service. Our analysis and recommendations focused on developing and implementing strategies to achieve this goal.

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Bozeman Area Transit Development and Business Plan

Bozeman Area Transit Development and Business Plan

Current Transportation Solutions completed Bozeman’s first transit plan since Streamline began fixed route service in 2006. HRDC asked for a strong emphasis on business planning, including development of a variety of operations and service alternatives based on different potential financial scenarios.

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Yurok Tribe River Transportation Plan - Transit in the Parks

Yurok Tribe River Transportation Plan - Transit in the Parks

Implementing a river transit service on a 22 mile segment of the Klamath River from the Northern California coast upstream to the village of Weitchpec would provide tribal members with a connection from one end of the Yurok Reservation to the other – achieving a trip time of 45 minutes, which is 2 1/4 hours shorter than current travel time by road. The project developed a plan to meet this community transportation need, as well as sustainability and economic development needs, by combining this transit service for tribal members with a for-profit scenic and cultural river tour experience for visitors. Both services would be tribally operated, and would share terminal facilities, boats and other infrastructure. Profits from the commercial trips could be used to help fund the river transit component.

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Montana Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns, and Tribal Communities

Montana Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns, and Tribal Communities

The toolkit provides a resource to engineers, planners, elected officials, and residents who desire safe and efficient facilities for bicycling, walking and transit within their communities.  http://www.mtnapa.org/images/Montana%20Complete%20Streets%20Toolkit-August_23_small.pdf

 

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Muskegon County Transit Review

Muskegon County Transit Review

In a project designed to serve as a case study for similar communities around the nation, Smart Growth America contracted Current Transportation Solutions to identify barriers at the federal, state and local-levels that stand in the way of improving transportation services in Muskegon County, Michigan. Current Transportation assessed the area’s transportation services to better understand regulatory and non-regulatory obstacles to improving coordination, cost efficiency and service availability.

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Rimrock Trailways Transit Development and Business Plan

Rimrock Trailways Transit Development and Business Plan

As a result of this project, Rimrock was poised to take action when Greyhound decided to stop operating its Missoula-Billings routes. Rimrock Stages took over these routes and the owners worked with Current Transportation Solutions to design a service reconfiguration that successfully shortened travel times by 45 minutes to all Montana’s major cities except Butte (beginning June 21, 2011). 

Despite the efforts of this project and improved profitability, Rimrock ceased operations In March 2013 due to safety violations. With passengers facing detours of over 600 miles and bus companies in neighboring states facing financial losses, multiple parties scrambled to restore Montana’s intercity bus service. Current Transportation Solutions volunteered to step in to help coordinate and expedite the process. 

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Yellowstone-Teton Regional Transportation Cooperative Feasibility Study

Yellowstone-Teton Regional Transportation Cooperative Feasibility Study

Current Transportation Solutions provided consultation in exploring the feasibility of a Yellowstone-Teton Regional Transportation Cooperative. Building on regional transportation assessments completed in 2008, the study evaluated the technical, economic, and legal considerations associated with creating and operating a multi-state transportation cooperative to improve resident and visitor mobility across the Greater Yellowstone region.

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Bozeman Area Transportation Coordinator

Bozeman Area Transportation Coordinator

Current Transportation Solutions served as the coordinator for HRDC's public transportation services from 2005 to 2009, helping launch the highly successful Streamline fixed route service in August, 2006. Serving Bozeman, Belgrade, Four Corners, Bridger Bowl, and Livingston, Streamline exceeded projected ridership within six months of starting service. Fiscal Year 2009, the third year of service, saw average daily ridership 60% higher than the first year. Current Transportation was also responsible for coordinating HRDC's Galavan paratransit service.

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Yellowstone Regional Transportation Assessments - Southwest Montana and Tetons

Yellowstone Regional Transportation Assessments - Southwest Montana and Tetons

Under contract to the Yellowstone Business Partnership (YBP), Current Transportation Solutions conducted two related studies assessing commuter transportation needs in eight counties in three states surrounding Yellowstone National Park. The studies were part of YBP’s Seasonality Project, a year-long effort to leverage social, economic, and natural assets to jump-start the region’s non-summer economies.

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Glacier National Park Transportation Scholar

Glacier National Park Transportation Scholar

As a National Park Foundation Transportation Scholar, Ms. Ballard provided transportation engineering and planning services for Glacier National Park as the park planned an eight to ten-year rehabilitation project for the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The rehabilitation project was designed to keep the road open during the summer peak season and keep construction-related delays under 30 minutes. Ms. Ballard also assessed performance during the first year of the Going-to-the-Road shuttle.

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Mobility Applications Program Technical Support, Alturas CA

Completed 2005, 2006 for Modoc County Transportation Commission

Current Transportation Solutions assisted Modoc County Transportation Commission in developing an implementation approach for their Mobility Applications Program. This program, serving rural transit in five northeastern California counties, will implement Intelligent Transportation Systems including a web-based rural trip planning tool; a financial tracking system; and tools to assist in regional coordination.

Modoc County Transportation Commission and its partners have developed the Mobility Applications Program (MAP) to improve service and coordination using technology tools and streamlined processes.