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JATRAN Planning
The Planning Process

City of Jackson, Department of Planning and Development, Transit Services Division are continually receiving input from passengers, bus operators, community groups and local agencies.  This input helps to direct our research and analysis of bus routes.  Over the next year, there will be the completion of a short range transit plan and route analyses conducted to fully and effectively design a new JATRAN fixed route network to match the demands of today’s Jackson residents and visitors.  To better understand how our planning process works, we have described a typical route analysis below.

Once a service challenge is identified, Staff will ride the bus route being analyzed and collect data by: field surveying, counting passengers, assessing the bus’s travel time, measuring distance, timing traffic delays, speaking with passengers and bus operators.  Staff will then combine the data gathered with other available information, and develop an initial analysis of the problem, and a recommended solution.

 

At this point, the refinement period begins, and the initial proposal is adjusted and solidified.  If the needed changes are significant, Staff will seek official public comments regarding the proposed changes.  Input from the public is vital to staff in determining how best to structure the route, and how each proposed change will affect passengers.

 

Each public comment received, during the official comment period, will be recorded and reviewed by Transit Services Division staff.  Although all requests may not be accommodated, all requests will be considered and are appreciated.

 

While public comments are being submitted, Staff may seek input from the ADA Advisory Council, JATRAN HandiLift Subcommittee and JATRAN Transit Advisory Committee, and the City Council.  If a proposed change requires a considerably different routing or running time, a test trip will be conducted, in order to assess how the changes will work in the actual bus that is driven on the route.

 

After staff has finalized their proposal, a decision will be made as to whether a new official public comment period is needed.  If so, the refinement period begins again.  If not, final approval from relevant agencies is obtained, and the proposal is communicated to the public, before being implemented.  Once a schedule or routing change has taken place, Staff continues to observe the route in order to determine whether or not the process has been successful, or if further changes are needed.

Executive Order 2010-11 Governing Transit Service and Fare Changes


Short Range Transit Plan

Basis of SRTP
Federal statutes require that the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the state and with local agencies, develop and periodically update a long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), and a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) which implements the RTP by programming federal funds to transportation projects contained in the RTP. In order to effectively execute these planning and fund programming responsibilities, The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), encourages transit agencies receiving federal funding through the TIP (federal grantees within the MPO region) to prepare, adopt, and submit a Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) to the MPO in coordination with the RTP. SRTPs are funded in part by FTA Sections 5303, 5304, 5305 and/or 5307 funds.

SRTP Purpose

  1. To serve as a management and policy document for the City of Jackson, Transit Services Division, as well as a means of annually providing FTA and the MPO with information necessary to meet regional fund programming and planning requirements.
  2. To clearly and concisely describe and justify the City’s Transit Services Division capital and operating budgets.
  3. To submit requests for federal, state, and regional funds for capital and operating purposes through the MPO’s TIP.
  4. To assess the financial capacity to carry out proposed levels of operations and the associated capital improvement plan. This assists FTA in making its own assessment of the City’s financial capacity.
  5. To regularly provide the MPO with information on projects and programs of regional significance, which include: funding and scheduling of expansion projects included in TIP, provision of paratransit service to persons with disabilities, older adults and others; compliance with federal Title VI reporting requirements; Environmental Justice outreach and public participation, and related service planning; results of the most recent FTA Triennial Review and related corrective actions.
  6. To provide the basis for inclusion of the City’s Transit Services Division capital and operating programs in the RTP.
  7. The goals, objectives, and standards specified in the SRTP serve as a basis for the assessment of the City’s Transit Services Division performance.
Planning Horizon
The proposed planning horizon for the SRTP is five years from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2021.

What is in the Short Range Transit Plan?

  • Executive Summary
  • Overview of Transit System
  • Goals, Objectives and Standards
  • Service and System Evaluation
  • Operations Plan
  • Marketing Plan
  • Financial Plan
  • Capital Improvement Plan
  • Bus Stop Standards
  • Comprehensive Operational Analysis

For more details on the Short Range Transit Plan, please contact Christine F. Welch, Deputy Director of Transportation at (601) 960-1909 or email
.  As work products related to the Short Range Transit Plan are developed, they will be posted here on this webpage.