ValleyConnect 2.0 Transit Scenarios

ValleyConnect 2.0 provides a blueprint for design principles and performance measures for future transit development in Ada and Canyon counties. It provides for two conceptual network scenarios - intermediate and growth.
We are currently in the community comment phase of ValleyConnect 2.0. Your input is important and will play a large role in shaping the final version of the plan. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey about ValleyConnect 2.0.

The first map below shows the current ValleyRide bus services. The second map shows expanded service under the Valleyconnect 2.0 plan. Please review these maps before beginning the survey.

Existing ValleyRide Services

Existing ValleyRide Services

Expanding transit services under ValleyConnect 2.0

Expanding transit services under ValleyConnect 2.0

* 1. What are the priority areas that many people should be able to get to using transit? Please list destinations, districts, institutions or neighborhoods.

* 2. If the growth network existed today, where would the next priority places that transit should serve? Please list destinations, districts, institutions  or neighborhoods.

* 3. All else being equal, providing more bus trips per hour (frequency) on a given route will increase the number of places people can get to on transit, whereas adding new routes will bring bus stops closer to more people (coverage). The current VRT service investment policy says 70 percent of resources should go towards frequency and 30 percent towards coverage. The Valleyconnect 2.0 growth network follows that policy.
To what degree so you think VRT should invest in coverage vs. frequency? Please enter a percentage number in each of the boxes below. The two numbers must add up to 100. Please omit the percent sign from your response.

* 4. Please prioritize the following types of service investments from the most helpful to the least helpful.

* 5. ValleyConnect 2.0 has a "fixed-route first" philosophy because buses on a regular schedule provide more trips per hour than specialized, on demand service by as much as 10 to 1. However, ValleyConnect 2.0 provides for specialized, on demand services in order to provide some mobility options to areas that may not warrant fixed-route service.
To what degree do you think VRT should invest in specialized, on-demand type services? Please enter a percentage number in each of the boxes below. The two numbers must add up to 100. Please omit the percent sign from your response.

* 6. ValleyConnect 2.0 is focused on developing a high quality transit experience.  One of the key considerations for transit is how often transit vehicles stop.  More stops means more people will have shorter distances to walk, but they will spend more time on the bus.  On the other hand, fewer stops mean passengers will get to their destinations earlier and the bus will be able to start its next trip sooner. Also, fewer bus stops means that they are more likely to have amenities such as shelters, benches etc.
Which one of the following statements most closely matches your feelings about how often the bus should stop?

* 7. Developing a transit network that connects more people to more places more often will require that VRT make decisions between which roadways to serve.  Assuming that transit ridership would be comparable between the service options, how would you prioritize the following considerations when planning for which roadways should have service?

* 8. The next three questions deal with investment priorities.
There are many new and exciting innovations happening in transportation and transit. Please rank the following types of investments in technology that would be most helpful to least helpful.

* 9. Moving more people on transit means more people will be waiting at bus stops and using the sidewalks. Prioritize the following passenger amenities from the most helpful to the least helpful.

* 10. Prioritize the following types of investments that could make it easier for you to get to transit from most helpful to least helpful.

* 11. One full bus carries 19 times more people than are in the average vehicle on the road today.  That bus also takes up a lot less roadway space. When roadway space is limited, to what degree should transit be prioritized (e.g. bus lanes, signal priority, in-lane stops) so more people can move through a congested area faster?

* 12. The next two questions deal with funding.
Assuming public transportation is sufficient for your household to get by with one less vehicle – which could save you as much as $8,000/year - how much per year would you be willing to spend on supporting transit?

* 13. Assuming public transportation is sufficient for your neighbor's household to get by with one less vehicle – which would increase the capacity of existing roadways and limit or defer roadway expansion and reduce demand for parking - how much per year would you be willing to spend on supporting transit?

* 14. How did you learn about this survey?

* 15. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please let us know if there is any additional information that you want to provide that we haven't asked you.

* 16. What is your home ZIP Code?

T