The Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) released a “report card” for the state of transportation in the urbanized area of Champaign-Urbana-Savoy-Bondville-Tolono as part of their Long Range Transportation Plan Update: Choices 2035. CUUATS is the transportation entity of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), which is responsible for administering the federally mandated transportation planning process.
The report card used 2010 Census data and the 2011 American Community survey (among other sources) to check on the Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs) set in 2009. MOEs are:
“…a way to track and measure the progress that the metropolitan planning area makes towards desired outcomes between each LRTP update. The MOEs are a series of performance measures designed to provide agencies with communication tools to bring to the public that show tangible evidence of the changes taking place as a result of the planning process” (Introduction to the 2012 Report Card, p. 5).
All jargon and abbreviations aside, MTD views this report card much like a student would. We view District-related marks as a reflection on the services we provide. MTD partnered with CUUATS to set goals and works hard each service year to continuously improve and maintain what we offer. Below are excerpts from the report card related to MTD. The full report [PDF] is available for public viewing.
Journey to Work
This Measure of Effectiveness receives a positive rating because of the continued growth of transit ridership by workers 16 years of age and older. In 2010, 7.3% of the working population used public transit to get to work, which grew to 9.1% in 2011. This meets the target of increasing the percentage of workers using transit from 6.5% to 9% of the urbanized area by 2014.
The way workers commute has a distinct impact on the effectiveness of our transportation network. Road capacity is limited and the new construction of roadways is decreasing over time. If workers in the urbanized area utilize public transportation for commuting, then this may allow our roadways to handle more people without creating more roads. This transportation system management approach target, to have 9% public transportation usage for all workers 16 years and older, has been successfully met in the urbanized area.
Status: Percentage of persons aged 16 or older using transit in their journey to work increased to 9% – Positive Rating
Bus Routes and Ridership
This MOE receives a positive rating as CUMTD ridership has increased 15.8% since 2009. This is well above the target of a 5% increase of transit ridership by 2014. The highest ridership ever recorded for CUMTD was 1,391,576 in October 2012.
CUMTD ridership has increased for every month in 2012 when compared with 2009.
Objective 1: Provide transit service within a ¼ mile for 90% of residential development (new or existing) within the CUMTD transit service area by 2014.
Status 1: Maintained the number of transit routes – Positive Rating
Objective 2: Increased local transit ridership by at least 5% by 2014.
Status 2: Increased ridership and maintained number of transit routes – Positive Rating
Parcels Near Bus Routes
This MOE receives a positive rating because there is more than 90% coverage of all residential land uses within a quarter of a mile of CUMTD bus routes, except for single-family residential land uses, which is nearly 90% at 89.7% coverage. The urbanized area is close to achieving the target of 90% coverage of all residential land uses by 2014.
Understanding how many residential parcels and developments are within ¼ mile of a bus route is important when analyzing the amount of population served by transit. As of December 2012, approximately 91% of all residential development is within a five minute walk of a transit route, an increase of 2 percentage points since 2009.
Status: Average coverage exceeds goal – Positive Rating
This MOE receives a positive rating because there was a ridership increase of 25% since 2009. This is 10 percentage points above the target of a 15% increase in boardings by 2014. Ridership continues to increase each year, which bodes well for this performance measure in years to come.
MTD Note: Amtrak passengers use Illinois Terminal, MTD’s intermodal facility in downtown Champaign. MTD staff and security help keep the waiting area and platform clean, safe, and secure.
Other, more sustainable modes of transportation (walking, biking, and public transit) account for a total of 25.5% of the chosen travel modes for 2011.
Public transportation (includes taxicab) = C-U: 9.1%, Bloomington, IN: 4.7%, State College, PA: 7.9%, Lafayette, IN: 3.9%, Iowa City, IA: 8.6%, Ann Arbor, MI: 5.3%
MTD is proud to receive positive ratings on all MOEs from CUUATS’ Long Range Transportation Plan 2012 Report Card. MTD is committed to continue partnering with organizations like CUUATS to ensure access and opportunity for the residents we serve. You, dear reader, are a part of the success and future of our urbanized area as we tackle increased population, decreased roadway development, and congestion.
What are your takeaways from the Report Card?