Cellular Mass Transit (CMT) CMT4Austin.org SOLUTION: Cellular Mass Transit Circulator Routes would converge on each Transit Center A Feeder Van in Austin could be like the Sprinter Seats 14 + Wheel Chair High enough to stand in How CMT Serves Neighborhood Advantages for a neighborhood Travel from anywhere to anywhere Travel time cut in half Wait time cut from 30 minutes to 10 Feeder routes within half mile of every home TC waiting room with air conditioning TC and CC next to shopping center with grocery CC has day care & after school activities 1/2 the travel time 4,340 Live East and Work North FROM LOYOLA LANE & CIELO VISTA DR TO BALCONES WOODS DR & HIGHWAY 183 OLD WAY IS SLOW • • • • 120 Minutes Lots of Stops More Miles Through Congestion of CBD CMT = FAST • • • • 63 Minutes Few Stops More Direct Avoids Congestion of CBD In Austin …only 39 % of jobs can be reached in under 90 minutes by Public Transit. From Brookings Institute Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/Programs/Metro/jobs_transit/0512_jobs_transit.pdf CMT Cost Quantity Cost Cost $ thousand $ millions Paid for by Transit Centers 29 times $ 3,000 equals $ 87 Cap Metro Vans 800 times $ 50 equals $ 40 Cap Metro Queue Jumpers 40 times $ 250 equals $ 10 Cap Metro Community Centers 28 times $ 3,000 equals $ 84 City of Austin Total Cost 221 $ $ millions Express Grid Routes Run by Express bus Every 10 minutes Connect 30 Transit Centers Transit Center Floor Plan Transfer from Circulator to Express Feeder van HEB & storage sheds at South First and William Cannon TC & CC near HEB Compare CMT & Urban Rail URBAN CMT RAIL Percentage of Home to Work Trips served 80+ 2- New Riders 65,000 2,000 Reduction in motor vehicles used Can be used to encourage density or enable car –free life style ? 64,000 2,000 YES YES Cost of Construction and Vehicles in millions $221 $1,300 Can we afford it ? YES NO Provides Facilities near all neighborhoods YES NO Annual Cost of Operations for CMT • • • • • • Add $123 million cost for 4 million van hours Add $ 3 million cost for TC operations Minus $55 million cost, fewer bus hours Costs go up $71 million + $91 million fares from new riders Subsidy goes down $20 million We Can do Better BRT or Bus Rapid Transit is the cheaper way to reach more jobs and increase ridership BRT in Curitiba 350 TTPC vs 73 TTPC for Portland http://www.streetfilms.org/curitibas-brt/ Conclusion : CMT will … • Double the number of jobs that can be reached by public transit • Enable riders to accomplish more tasks with one trip. • Enable workers from your neighborhood to get to jobs all over Austin. • Improve public transit without racking up a $ billion debt. QUESTIONS ? For more details visit : CMT4Austin.org Next Steps Make a Presentation to Your NBHD Assoc ? NBHDs could lobby city and cap metro for better service ? ANC resolution recommending CMT ? NBHD resolutions recommending CMT ?