Alabama Public Transportation Needs Assessment
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Alabama Public Transportation Needs Assessment

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      Final Report : May 15 – August 31, 2000
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      The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) oversees “Section 5307” urban transit funds and “Section 5311” rural transit funds, both provided by the Federal Transit Administration. As part of its effort to improve public transportation, ALDOT engaged the University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA) to identify additional public transportation needs which these monies might address. The researchers compiled a list of improvements and funding needs that in large part reflects the requests of the public transportation agencies themselves. UTCA researchers reviewed current plans and met with representatives of the 12 urban areas that now receive urban 5311 transit funds. The practical funding requests from these urban areas included $14 million for the first year (capital and operating costs) and $7 million per year in succeeding years. The succeeding year value included only operational costs and relied on increased local contributions to replace rolling stock in future years. Additionally, the researchers interviewed all 27 of the rural 5311 transit providers that now serve a total of 50 Alabama counties. Their practical funding requests were added to the costs to initiate rural transit programs in the 17 counties currently without such service. The total came to an additional $20 million per year, including $5 million/year to continually upgrade the existing vehicle fleet, $5 million/year to add service to the 17 un-served counties, and $10 million/year to improve service in the 50 counties that now have transit service. When both urban and rural transit needs are combined, the total amounts to $34 million in the first year, and $27 million in each succeeding year.
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