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Service Planning - Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Public Transit

A Vital Component of Complete Transportation Networks

Our team’s extensive experience working with transit agencies, cities, counties, and regional planning organizations on ridesharing and transit projects has shaped our multifaceted approach to the development and maintenance of effective public transit systems. We understand how numerous elements including route network and structure, service levels, facility design, multimodal infrastructure (including last-mile connections), and technology can influence transit system design success.

Our long background working with transit-dependent communities to overcome mobility issues gives us a unique perspective of the complete passenger transportation network including non-emergency medical transportation, volunteer driving programs, demand-response, fixed-route transit, and human service agency transportation.

Diverse Transit Planning Experience

Our team can perform traffic analysis and complete street design analysis along with onboard traffic survey and mapping. We have also provided engineering expertise for the development of multimodal transportation centers and transit facility expansions. In addition to skilled engineers, we have a team of experienced transportation planners that can guide all aspects of transit planning, park-and-ride planning and development, and transportation studies as evidenced by our success working on the CyRide transit system on the Iowa State University Campus.

Equally important, we are well-versed in applying for and obtaining the necessary funding obligations for our clients that are used to develop plans and studies, foster successful transit projects, and start new services. These funding assistance sources include the Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP), STA Special Project funding, and Public Transit Infrastructure Grant funding, among others.

Our Public Transit Services

Needs Studies & Transportation Planning

Understanding your community’s transit needs is a complex process, often encompassing multiple stakeholders with diverse and changing mobility needs. This requires our team to consider a diverse range of solutions. By working with transit agencies, human service agencies, local business owners, and transit user groups, we can identify projects and improvements that will increase mobility throughout your entire community. Learn more about our needs studies & transportation planning here.

Service Planning

We can assist our clients in identifying route and system improvements that not only increase ridership but also provide safe and efficient services. Our background in mobility management coupled with our comprehensive data-driven approach to identifying improvements allows us to develop plans that work for all community members.

Park-and-Ride Planning & Design

Using a data-driven process that takes regional commute patterns into account and a design process that intelligently accommodates different modes of travel, our experts can identify ideal park-and-ride locations that maximize client resources and provide the most efficient network continuity.

GIS Mapping & Analysis

Leveraging geospatial technology, our team can offer comprehensive spatial analysis and intuitive at-a-glance maps that reveal optimal public transit facility placements and routes. By integrating geographical data with transportation patterns, users can effortlessly identify key locations, evaluate transit coverage and plan efficient journeys. This approach enhances urban mobility and empowers informed decision-making for both commuters and city planners alike. Click here to learn more about our GIS mapping & analysis service.

Public Engagement & Meeting Facilitation

Our team’s public outreach efforts for public transit design embody a commitment to inclusivity and collaboration. By providing accessible and informative engagement materials, we ensure that community members can easily grasp project concepts and provide valuable input. Leveraging effective meeting facilitation techniques, we create an environment that maximizes productivity, encouraging open dialogue and enabling diverse perspectives to shape the future of our transit systems. Discover more about how our public engagement & meeting facilitation services can work for you.

Ridership & Traffic Operations

Our team specializes in creating surveys and conducting passenger counts to precisely capture transit ridership. Moreover, we excel in pinpointing traffic operation enhancements and safety upgrades for transit facilities or corridors.

Structural Engineering

Drawing from our extensive expertise in institutional and municipal endeavors, we excel in crafting intelligent and practical solutions for vertical infrastructure projects within the realm of transit design. Our proficiency in structural engineering ensures that our designs not only meet aesthetic standards but also prioritize functionality and efficiency. With a proven track record of integrating innovative design with robust engineering principles, we contribute to the advancement of transit systems through our thoughtful and well-executed projects.

LEED Documentation

Transit facilities can capitalize on multiple LEED credits within the Location and Transportation Category of LEED version 4, showcasing their commitment to sustainable design. To streamline the attainment of these credits, our team of LEED-accredited professionals stands ready to facilitate the intricate site planning and meticulous documentation required for the certification process, ensuring a seamless path to sustainable recognition. With their expertise, transit facilities can confidently navigate the complexities of LEED certification, solidifying their role as environmentally conscious structures.