The First and Last Mile Mobility Plan was prepared in collaboration with the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Caltrans. The goal of the plan was to increase transit ridership through the development of strategies that address first and last mile barriers to transit use. KTUA synthesized available plans and transit assessment documents to develop baseline ridership characteristics while also highlighting the future needs of RTA’s customers. Using GIS data, the team developed a set of Station Typologies to characterize all 2,500+ bus and transit stations. Pilot projects were identified for each Station Typology type and recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian access were developed dependent on local conditions.
A large multi-lingual public outreach component included web and paper surveys, steering committee meetings, RTA board meetings and public workshops/events. Simultaneously, KTUA worked one-on-one with City staff to vet recommendations, ensuring proposed projects would be valuable to pilot cities. Lastly, the team performed on-site station surveys to validate existing conditions and verify recommendation feasibility. This effort resulted in an Implementation Plan with location-specific recommendations, first and last mile infrastructure strategies and Transportation Demand Strategies (TDM), strategies that can be applied to stations throughout RTA’s service area based on station typology. This plan was also coordinated with WRCOG’s ongoing Active Transportation Plan to provide efficiency for city input, recommendations and public outreach.