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Table of Contents
01

Introduction

02

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

03

January Public Information Meetings

Table of Contents I. Learn
  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Stakeholder Advisory Committee
  • 03. January Public Information Meetings

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.

When/Where:

Downtown
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 hkrisell@rrmetro.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.

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