In January 2020, METRO is publicly kicking off a comprehensive operational analysis to see how we can better serve our community’s needs and gain ridership. This analysis will re-imagine the fixed route network – which has not undergone a major change in 33 years – by analyzing job and housing centers, noting local travel patterns (origin/destination), identifying unmet needs, analyzing the productivity of existing routes and incorporating new services (such as microtransit, community shuttles and vanpool service). The outcome will be a ridership-focused new network design.
The R.I.D.E. 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Committee is a diverse group of community leaders who represent constituents and organizations with mobility needs. Throughout this project process, committee members will learn from METRO’s consulting team, identify and communicate community mobility needs and concerns, synthesize public input, provide feedback on plan recommendations and, ultimately, serve as a public resource on how the final transit plan network aids the central Arkansas community.
R.I.D.E. 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Committee Members
Becky Adams, Director, Partnership and Policy Support, Arkansas Department of Health
Leta Anthony, Former Chairwoman, Metropolitan Housing Alliance
Ron Bara, Ward 6 Representative, Age-Friendly Little Rock Commission
Jim Billings, Director of Communications, City of North Little Rock
Cindy Gillespie, Secretary, Arkansas Department of Human Services
The Honorable Judge Barry Hyde, Pulaski County
Christina Clark, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Support Services and Chief Operating Officer, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Ellon Cockrill, Secretary, Rotary Club of Little Rock
Nate Coulter, Executive Director, Central Arkansas Library System
Jim Dailey, Former Tourism Director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Former Mayor, City of Little Rock
Josh Davenport, Vice Chairman, Argenta Downtown Council
Cathy Dickinson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Baptist Health
Dr. Margaret Ellibee, Chancellor, UA – Pulaski Technical College
The Honorable Denise Ennett, State Representative, District 36
Jill Floyd, Director of Community Outreach, CDI Contractors
Mary Henthorn, Member, Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods
Raymond Hunter, Community Employment Coordinator, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Hank Kelley, Member, Little Rock Regional Chamber Fifty for the Future
Miguel Lopez, Member, Southwest Little Rock Business Alliance
Cedric Martin, Director of Human Resources, Welspun
Greg Nation, Public Transportation Administrator, Arkansas Department of Transportation
Wyck Nisbet, Treasurer, Downtown Little Rock Partnership
Nicholas Norfolk, Rock Region METRO Rider
Antwan Phillips, Attorney, Wright Lindsey Jennings
Mike Poore, Superintendent, Little Rock School District
Kristine Puckett, Deputy Tourism Director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Hunter Sadler, District Representative, Office of Representative French Hill (AR02)
Joe Stanley, Board Member, studioMAIN
Lou Tobian, Arkansas Director of Outreach and Education, AARP
Tab Townsell, Executive Director, Metroplan
Steve Varady, Member, Partners for Inclusive Communities
Alison Williams, Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson
Michelle Wright, Chief of Social Work Services, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Rock Region METRO R.I.D.E. 2020 Public Meetings
Transit Network Plan Open House: Visit with our team and make your public transit requests/hopes/dreams known!
Who/What: Four public meetings the week of Jan. 20 to visit with Rock Region METRO’s consulting team and staff members working on a new transit network plan.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m..
Central Arkansas Library System Main Branch, Darragh Center, 100 S. Rock St., Little Rock
North Little Rock
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5-7 p.m.
Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock
Southwest Little Rock
Thursday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Arkansas Library System Dee Brown Branch, 6325 Baseline Rd., Little Rock
West Little Rock
Thursday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m.
Noah’s Event Center, 21 Rahling Circle, Little Rock
R.S.V.P. to Hayden Krisell, METRO marketing and communications associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Jan. 15 with name and contact information.
Rock Region METRO is kicking off a 6-month comprehensive operational analysis project, R.I.D.E. 2020 – Route Innovation, Development and Evaluation – in January 2020.
METRO has contracted Transportation Management & Design, Inc., a San Diego-based transit planning firm known for innovative and sustainable transit operations planning, to oversee this project. The TMD team members, which have managed various large and small transit projects across the country, will facilitate several public meetings in January (followed by more the week of May 11) to review what the project will entail. During this time, they will be collecting information from riders regarding mobility needs in central Arkansas.
Please make plans to drop by one of these open houses to meet the team and tell them all your public transit dreams!
In the interim, please see the following information.
What Is R.I.D.E. 2020?
Reimagining Public Transit Service in Central Arkansas
R.I.D.E. 2020, or Route Innovation, Development and Evaluation, is the name for METRO’s comprehensive operational analysis project to see how we can better serve our community’s needs and gain ridership. This analysis will re-imagine the fixed route network – which has not undergone a major change in 33 years. This involves:
• Identifying short- and long-range transit operational plans and capital finance plans;
• Determining effective means of leveraging funding to increase ridership and revenue while addressing the transportation needs of the region;
• Conducting data-driven evaluation of existing service and performance, market conditions, consumer expectations, and future financial opportunities and transit needs (including managing a comprehensive transit poll happening within Pulaski County now and coming to other central Arkansas cities soon);
• Developing creative, effective, and achievable recommendations to address community mobility needs, grow ridership, and position METRO for long-term financial sustainability.
The outcome will be a ridership-focused new network design.