Why does LTD need the Frequent Transit Network?
Current LTD service operates on a single-hub and spoke system. This means that riders moving from one part of the region to another are almost always required to connect through the downtown Eugene Station. For a community the size of the Eugene-Springfield area, this form of service is inefficient. Commute times are too long for many community members, making transit unattractive to potential riders.
LTD has worked with the community to develop the Frequent Transit Network with the purpose of better connecting the diverse residential and commercial hubs of the region through new express routes and subarea stations. However, LTD is unable to complete the Network without additional transit funding.
What is the Frequent Transit Network (FTN)?
Note: The following description is from the Lane Transit District: Long-Range Transit Plan, March 2014
The community invests significant resources into the transit service provided by LTD. The purpose of the FTN is to leverage that investment by tying it to density and other elements of adjacent development.
Characteristics of an FTN Corridor:
- Enables a well-connected network that provides regional circulation
- Compatible with and supportive of adjacent urban design goals
- Operates seven days a week in select corridors
- Service hours are appropriate for the economic and social context of the area served
- Coverage consists of at least 16-hours-a-day, and area riders trip origins or destinations are within ¼-mile-straight line distance
- Average frequency of 15 minutes or better
- Transit service is reliable and runs on schedule
- Transit stations are high quality with amenities, including bicycle and pedestrian connections to stations and end-of-trip facilities, such as bike parking and bike share
What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
BRT is the highest level of service available within the FTN.
BRT is a permanent, integrated system that uses buses or specialized vehicles on roadways or dedicated lanes to efficiently transport passengers. BRT system elements can easily be customized to community needs, and result in more passengers and less congestion.