The future predictions for growth in the Sacramento Region and the land-use changes included in the Blueprint will require improved transit services. As we develop the TMP and all of its various components, one aspect will be critical to our success "Finding the Funding".
Increased levels of funding will be needed both to build and to operate the expanded transit system. We have already started reviewing how transit services are provided at the moment, and working on an analysis of how we can pay for our future transit needs. As part of this process, our consultants have put together a series of discussion papers that describe:
- Regional Transit's planning and funding sources and processes
- A review of Regional Transit's (known) future funding sources
We have also set up a National Finance Panel with experts from around the country who will help with advice on a complete range of funding sources and mechanisms. We will also be working with our local partners in the Sacramento Region to identify opportunities to combine resources to deliver the TMP.
The draft Vision Statement for the TMP is:
" Regional Transit will work in partnership to deliver a Transit Master Plan that supports the Blueprint's smart growth land-use principles by providing a modern, efficient and sustainable transit system that attracts and serves riders by offering a real transportation choice catered to their lifestyle's and supporting the region's future economic prosperity."
The draft objectives for the TMP are:
- Provide a safe and secure transit system
- Provide an efficient, cost-effective transit system
- Provide an integrated transit system that is linked to transit-oriented, land-use policies
- Provide a fully accessible transit system that maximizes passenger convenience
- Reduce the impact on the environment and
- Support the economy by improving access to opportunity areas by transit.
Linked to the TMP Vision Statement and the aims and objectives, we developed the following TMP source philosophy:
"Core high speed, high frequency, high capacity transit network serving the key demand corridors and destinations supported by a network of community and neighborhood shuttle and circulator services."