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Successes
In FY01, the City achieved the following:

  • Began developing a transit-oriented zoning overlay plan to guide development around transit stations.
  • Increased transit ridership 4.5% from 13.4 million in FY00 to 14.0 million in FY01.  Overall ridership has increased an average of 6% annually since 1998.
  • Continued refining the vision of a regional rapid transit system.  City staff and consultants held more than 149 separate public meetings to gather input on system development.
  • Reduced the number of transit vehicle collisions by 6.7% from 3.11 to 2.9 collisions per 100,000 miles.
  • Changed management of transportation projects funded through voter-supported bond referendums in order to deliver such projects within three years from the time of voter approval.  Projects approved in November 2000 are on their way to meeting this goal.
  • Engaged 65 neighborhoods in traffic problem-solving activities.
  • Decreased red light-running at new SafeLight intersections by 10%.  At signalized intersections citywide, crashes caused by red-light runners have decreased 9%.

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Challenges
The City continues to face a number of challenges in this area, including:

  • Improving service gaps identified in a customer satisfaction survey in which transit services did not meet citizen expectations: on time performance, having a system that serves the entire city and buses not missing passenger waiting for pick up.
  • Continuing to improve the quality of the ground transportation system following implementation of the Vehicle-for-Hire Ordinance this year.
  • Working to minimize the impact to citizens of three years of construction on Independence Boulevard by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  • Expanding regional transportation planning efforts to the benefit of the City's long-range transportation and air quality goals.

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Overall Charlotte Area Transit System Ridership

FY2001 - 14,024,619
FY2000 - 13,464,745
FY1999 - 12,552,584
FY1998 - 11,819,759

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