ODOT Strives to Find Innovative Ways to Better Meet Riders Needs 

This is the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) goal as it launches a year-long statewide transit needs study. In partnership with Ohio's 61 transit agencies, ODOT will quantify and qualify how well existing transit services match today's needs and what types of services may be needed to meet future demand. The study will also examine Ohio's demographics and travel trends and consider best practices. The goal will be to create a long term strategy to meet the needs of current and future urban and rural transit riders.  

Transit Agency Interviews Underway

The study's initial research efforts began in late October -including interviews with each of Ohio's transit operators and a transit rider survey. The Nelson/Nygaard consultant team is currently scheduling one-on-one meetings with transit managers across the state to understand the experiences, needs and priorities of each agency and community. These site visits are well underway, with more than half completed. If you are a transit manager and have not yet been contacted, please contact Bethany Whitaker at 802-922-8158 or bwhitaker@nelsonnygard.com.

What Do Your Riders Think?

Transit managers have been asked to help conduct a transit rider survey to learn what they think about their experiences riding the bus, train or other public transit vehicle. This survey, the first of two, will be completed by Thanksgiving. Riders can also take the survey online at www.TransitNeedsStudy.ohio.gov. 

Meet the Steering Committee

In mid-October, ODOT convened a 25-member steering committee that includes representatives from urban and rural transit systems around Ohio, , state agencies, regional councils, environment experts, chambers of commerce, transit union officials and highway contractors.

 

The Steering Committee will provide an advisory sounding board to ODOT as it examines existing transit conditions, trends, industry best practices and an analysis of Ohio's fleet and facilities. ODOT will also conduct a comprehensive financial analysis to determine how to meet those needs when budgets are tight.

 

For a full roster of Steering Committee members, click here.