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Chapter 10 - Strategy Prioritization & Implementation

The strategies listed in Figure 10‑1 will be implemented over the short and long-term, as resources are available. To prioritize and phase investments, MnDOT rated each strategy on its estimated feasibility, cost and ease of implementation, sustainability and its fulfillment of one or more of MnDOT’s goals for its transit system. In general, most of the identified strategies have a medium to high feasibility, meaning that they have a good likelihood of funding, achieving political backing and support from the public. The strategies are grouped by theme but not listed in order of priority.

Figure 10-1. Prioritization Matrix

Category Strategy Feasibility Cost Ease of implementation Sustainability (short, medium, long term) Begin Process Investment Strategy #
Improve public information (Transit Systems) Improve transit system websites High $ Easier Medium 2016-2017 6.2
Improve public information (Transit Systems) Support systems to provide electronic information on multiple platforms (mobile apps, social media, and inputting schedules into Google Transit based platforms) High $ Easier Long 2017 6.3
Improve public information (Transit Systems) Invest in transit systems that use innovative approaches to public outreach and marketing Medium $$ Easier Long 2017-2018 6.4-6.5
Improve public information (Transit Systems) Ensure transit systems are providing culturally specific material, as appropriate High $ Easier Long 2017 6.6
Improve public information (MnDOT) Support state and regional marketing campaigns to promote transit service High $$ Easier Medium 2017 3.1
Improve public information (MnDOT) Improve access and quality of information to people about transit High $$ Easier Long 2017-2019 1.6
Improve public information (MnDOT) Increase transit usage in replacement for single occupant vehicles High $$ Easier Long 2017 5.2
Financial Use decision-support software to evaluate transit systems High $ Easier Long 2017 4.3
Financial Encourage local revenue partnerships High $ Moderate Medium 2017 4.1
Coordination and Partnerships Partner with organizations to provide veterans transportation High $$ Moderate Long 2017 2.4
Coordination and Partnerships Implement Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils in Greater Minnesota High $$ Moderate Long 2017 Goal 2
Coordination and Partnerships Encourage coordination with non-emergency medical transportation providers Medium $ Moderate Long 2017-2025 2.2
Coordination and Partnerships Collaborate with and between volunteer driver programs High $ Moderate Long 2017-2025 2.3
Coordination and Partnerships Encourage transit systems to coordinate with social service organizations High $ Moderate Medium 2017 2.1
Coordination and Partnerships Coordinate with state partner to address transit needs High $ Easier Medium 2017 2.5
Coordination and Partnerships Develop new and enhance partnerships with private providers Medium $ Moderate Long 2019 3.4
Service Plan Implement baseline span of service for systems Medium $$$ Difficult Long 2017-2025 1.1-1.2
Service Plan Increase frequency of transit service on urban routes Medium $$$ Moderate Long 2017-2025 1.3
Service Plan Support regional travel connections Medium $$$ Difficult Long 2017-2025 1.5
Service Plan Invest in transit service that meets needs for riders that have a choice in their travel mode Medium $$ Difficult Long 2017-2025 3.3
Service Plan Improve transit service coverage by expanding into underserved or un-served areas Medium $$ Moderate Long 2017-2025 1.4
Service Plan Invest in high performing, efficient and effective service High $ Easier Long 2017-2025 4.2
Infrastructure and technology Invest in new vehicles and vehicle enhancements High $$$ Easier Long 2020 1.7
Infrastructure and technology Support transit systems in using scheduling software Medium $$$ Difficult Long 2018 1.7
Infrastructure and technology Encourage transit systems to plan and adapt to changes with peer-sharing and ride-sharing opportunities Low $ Moderate Long 2018 5.4
Infrastructure and technology Support technology to engage the Transportation Network Companies Low $$$ Difficult Long 2019 3.2
Infrastructure and technology Invest in urban systems to acquire electronic fare systems Medium $$$ Difficult Long 2019 1.7
Infrastructure and technology Invest in urban park and ride lots Medium $$$$ Difficult Long 2020 1.7
Multimodal Encourage first/last mile infrastructure with local partners Low $$ Moderate Long 2017-2025 1.8/5.1
Multimodal Support links to other transportation modes High $$ Moderate Long 2017-2025 5.3
Customer amenities Support systems to acquire automatic vehicle location technology Medium $$ Moderate Long 2017-2025 1.7
Customer amenities Invest in customer amenities such as benches and shelters Low $$ Moderate Long 2017-2025 1.7