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Study Process



The main components of the study will include:

Public, Stakeholder, and Media Outreach

The Northwest Corridor Transit Study team recognizes that public, stakeholder, and media outreach is a substantial and important component of this study.  Due to the physical length of the project and the broad number of stakeholders and interested parties along the corridor, the study team anticipates using a variety of public outreach and involvement techniques and approaches to actively engage people in the project.

Transit Needs Assessment & Evaluation of Alternatives

Working closely with RTA and the Project Coordination Committee, the Northwest Corridor Transit Study team will develop a concise statement of project goals and objectives that builds upon the work undertaken in previous studies and plans affecting the corridor.  The study team will also develop the purpose and need of any new transit alternative(s) and service(s) based on an analysis of population and employment growth, development and land use trends within the study area, an analysis of existing travel patterns and system performance, and a projection of future travel and performance. This component of the study will also include developing a range of transit investments that will be examined and evaluated.

Detailed Transportation Recommendations for a Preferred Alternative

After the Transit Needs Assessment & Evaluation of Alternatives is complete, the Northwest Corridor Transit Study team will embark on a collaborative process involving RTA, key stakeholders, and the public to narrow the range of transit investments to a leading few, ultimately leading to the refinement of the preferred alternative(s).  This phase of the project will focus on developing the near final set of transit capital and operating and maintenance (O&M) cost parameters of the preferred alternative(s), as well as documenting all assumptions about the operating plans.  Important to this recommendation will be the development and discussion of a timeline for further project development, including any needed additional studies such as environmental or design.

Placemaking and Land Use Recommendations

The Northwest Corridor Transit Study team anticipates working with a broad range of stakeholders to discuss existing and desired land use patterns in the Northwest Corridor, along with potential revisions to local development policies to facilitate more transit-friendly development patterns.  The study team will also work with stakeholders to identify potential station sites for the preferred transit alternative and create future development concepts for the area within a half-mile radius of proposed stations.

Project Development & Implementation Plan

The Northwest Corridor Transit Study team will develop a practical "roadmap" for addressing subsequent local planning and development milestones, and for advancing the preferred alternative(s) through the Federal process. The roadmap will include:

  • Review and justification for the most appropriate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) class of action;
  • A proposed schedule for completing Federal environmental review and the design necessary to develop a reliable project scope and budget;
  • The identification of local planning and right-of-way requirements and approvals, and strategies for their timely execution;
  • The identification of potential state, local, and other revenues – including value capture, joint development and other innovative finance mechanisms – to match New Starts and Small Starts resources. Strategies for securing such revenues will be developed;
  • A review and analysis of various project delivery options; and
  • The development of a formal request to enter "Project Development (PD)," the first formal step in FTA's New Starts and Small Starts process.