An Implementation Strategy for Kane County's 2040 Long Range Transit Plan
By the year 2040, Kane County is projected to have 270,000 new residents and 144,000 new jobs, which will have a great impact on travel demand and the County's overall transit system. In 2012, Kane County adopted its 2040 Transportation Plan. The Plan outlines a long-term vision for Kane County, guides transportation infrastructure investments, and contains several components, including a Long Range Transit Plan (LRTP).
The LRTP's objective is to make transit a viable travel option for County residents by improving transit service and achieving the County's other transportation goals, including reducing congestion. The successful implementation of the LRTP, however, depends on creating an integrated process for transit service providers and municipalities to coordinate transit service with land use planning and development. The LRTP identified short- and medium-term strategies centered on changing development patterns, integrating transit with land use planning, improving transit marketing and information, and implementing nontraditional services sponsored by employers and municipalities. The LRTP also identifies specific action steps that Kane County, municipalities, and partner agencies (Pace, Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority, and CMAP) can take to implement the identified strategies.
With the help of CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, Kane County will create an implementation strategy that will build upon the principles outlined in the 2040 Transportation Plan to improve public transit options throughout the County and create a land use pattern that would support increased transit usage. The implementation strategy will specifically address high priority action items found within the LRTP, including:
1. A Primary Transit Network (PTN) policy. A PTN is a network of transit corridors planned and developed for the greatest transit ridership and community benefit. The three main objectives for creating a PTN are to:
- Assist the County, municipalities, and regional transit providers in supporting future developments along transit corridors that support cost-effective transit and maximize ridership potential.
- Prioritize physical amenities and other capital expenditures.
- Provide a foundation for the eventual development of other high frequency transit modes.
Priority corridors are those with both community support and the highest potential ridership. The PTN policy will identify potential priority transit corridors and focus on both service and non-service supportive strategies.
2. A model transit overlay zoning ordinance. This will assist the County in encouraging higher-density development and a greater mix of uses within transit-oriented development areas. The intent is that the model language be included in local planning documents for areas within the PTN corridors. In addition, the model ordinance will include language that can be added to municipal comprehensive plans to describe the goals, objectives, and recommendations of PTN corridors. The language will be designed so municipalities can use it as a starting point and then modify it to reflect local circumstances.
The planning process, developed with Kane County staff, will involve multiple steps over the course of 10-12 months and include input from both municipal staff and residents. The first step involves the creation of an oversight steering committee made up of representatives from municipalities in Kane County, transportation agencies, and County departments, which will assist in shaping the final implementation strategy. The next step entails the creation of a PTN Corridor Analysis and Development Report. Future steps involve the prioritization of the PTN corridors and land use recommendations. Once the PTN corridors have been identified, the model zoning ordinance will be prepared to assist municipalities with planning for and better accommodating PTN Corridors. The process will culminate with the creation of the implementation strategy report to be presented to the County Board for review and adoption.
Mike Sullivan, Chief of Planning & Programming, Kane County Division of Transportation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trevor Dick, CMAP Senior Planner (email@example.com or 312-386-8606)
Samantha Robinson, CMAP Outreach & Community Engagement Associate (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8712)
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