Regional Public Transportation Subcommittee

Mission

The mission of the Regional Public Transportation Committee is to provide a permanent process for the coordination of public transportation  planning throughout the Washington region, and for incorporating regional public transportation  plans into the Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). High quality public transportation 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 public transportation in the region is required to implement these high quality public transportation services, owing to the complex nature of public transportation  service provision and transportation facility ownership in this multi-state region.

Goals

  1. Continued review and refinement of the recommendations of the Regional Bus Study completed in 2002, and development of a priority list of near term service implementation strategies for inclusion in annual operations budgets.
  2. Coordination and evaluation of CLRP and TIP proposals and amendments with regard to bus transit service plan implementation.
  3. Coordination and input definition for the TPB regional travel forecasting model.
  4. Technical advice and input regarding regional transportation and land use coordination, including the development of transit assumptions for TPB planning studies.
  5. Facilitation of technology transfer and information sharing, as it relates to regional, state and local bus transit services.
  6. Coordination with other regional committees regarding bus transit participation in planning and training activities, including the Regional Emergency Support Function (RESF) #1 at COG, and the associated regional transit operators group.
  7. Coordination with the TPB Systems Performance, Operations and Technology Subcommittee (SPOTS) regarding integrated planning for bus services and street operations.
  8. Coordination with Commuter Connections regarding ridesharing facilities and joint promotional messages.
  9. Coordination with the TPB Private Operators Group to strengthen the alliance between public and private interests.
  10. Coordination with the TPB Access for All Committee to enhance regional mobility for all populations.

Participation

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 2017 by Kyle Nembhard, representing the Maryland Transit Administration. 

TPB Staff Contact: Eric Randall.

The subcommittee will coordinate with and engage the following transit services in the Regional Transit Network:

Metrobus
Montgomery County Ride On
Prince George 's County The Bus
DC Circulator
Alexandria DASH
Arlington Transit (ART) 
Frederick County TransIt 
City of Fairfax CUE

Fairfax Connector
Loudoun Commuter Transit
PRTC Omni Ride
MTA Commuter Bus
Metrorail
Virginia Railway Express
Maryland Commuter Rail
DC Streetcar

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 follows standard TPB protocols. The subcommittee was 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 is selected by the subcommittee members, and a member of the TPB staff is designated as the lead staff person for the subcommittee. A work activity and budget is developed annualy 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.

 Activities

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: