Community-Based Transit Performance Measures: Salem-Keizer Transit
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Public transportation plays a key role to shaping the livability of communities by providing access to jobs, community services, friends, and family for those without access to an automobile, and offering travel options to the entire community. The purpose of this report is to help Salem‐Keizer Transit District (Cherriots) develop a set of community‐based transit performance measures to serve as a background to enable the transit agency, city, and regional governments to reach their planning goals. Performance measures are compiled from regional, city, transit agency plans, and through a literature review of transit planning research. Accessibility is measured in terms of level of service and geographic distribution across the transit district’s boundary, to the total population, transportation disadvantaged populations, residential dwellings, employment, and community services locations. Results show a clear link between local, regional, and transit agency planning goals, although performance towards these goals is often evaluated independently of each other. Recommendations from the findings include suggestions for improving transit performance relative to community goals and creating a uniform platform to collect data and monitor performance towards transit planning goals.