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Regional Bus Subcommittee - Description
The mission of the Regional Bus Committee is to provide a permanent process for the coordination of bus planning throughout the Washington region, and for incorporating regional bus plans into the Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). High quality bus service in the region depends upon successfully linking vehicles, services, stops and stations, running ways, operating facilities, maintenance shops, storage yards, and passenger and operating support systems to produce a service that is easy to use, provides rider information where and when needed, and facilitates intra- and inter-agency service transfers. Increased customer satisfaction can broaden the appeal of transit in the transportation market place and generate increased ridership. Considerable cooperation among the agencies responsible for bus service and transportation in the region is required to implement these high quality bus services, owing to the complex nature of transit service provision and transportation facility ownership in this multi-state region.Goals
Participation will be encouraged by all members of TPB to support the described planning processes and activities for public transportation activities in the National Capital Region. Participating subcommittee members will ideally be principal transit planners for local, state, and regional agencies.
The subcommittee is chaired for 2013 by Carrie Watters, Frederick County
TPB Staff Contact: Eric Randall.
The subcommittee will coordinate with and engage the following transit services in the Regional Transit Network:
The subcommittee may recommend the establishment under its jurisdiction of special task forces to address particular topics in greater depth, such as transit marketing or priority lanes.Governance
Governance of this committee will follow standard TPB protocols. The subcommittee will be established by the TPB as a subcommittee of the TPB Technical Committee, with a regular meeting schedule and members appointed by the TPB membership. A chair will be selected by the subcommittee members, and a member of the TPB staff will be designated as the lead staff person for the subcommittee. A work activity and budget will be developed for inclusion by the TPB in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).
Please Note: In the interest of reducing costs and waste, and "greening" our meetings, the Chair has requested that all meeting attendees RSVP using the COG online meeting management system. This will provide TPB staff with the ability to accurately anticipate how many meals to order and how many copies of handouts to make.
Status Report on the Bus Systems in the National Capital Region: This 2008 report provides an overview of the subcommittee’s work to date, and highlights current operational issues and long-range planning needs which have been identified.
2011 Regional Priorities for Bus Services. This activity is intended to identify and document near-term and medium-term priority bus and bus-supportive projects from a regional perspective. The effort promotes regional communication and coordination, as well as informing long-range regional transportation planning efforts. Documents include:
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