A Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) is an in-depth evaluation of transit services for the purpose of increasing value and efficiency. By examining the performance of bus services, a COA identifies opportunities to repurpose transit resources from low-performing areas. A COA includes the following:
We need your input! By removing obstacles to ridership, we can meet the mobility needs of non-drivers, offer a convenient transportation alternative for new riders, and alleviate traffic congestion for other road users. All transit agencies want to maximize the use of resources while providing a high level of service to their customers. A COA helps an agency determine what is and isn’t working by evaluating the “nuts and bolts” of the operation. The focus lies largely on short-term needs and what can be done to improve services now. Consequently, the Collier Area Transit COA will prioritize enhancements into three phases: the near-term (1-2 years), short-term (3-4 years) and mid-term (5+ years). These enhancements will result in a more efficient use of taxpayer funds and a better transit experience for Collier County residents.
The COA is different from the TDP in two ways:
The COA study team will conduct data analysis and prepare findings during the winter/spring of 2021 and will present findings and a phased implementation plan to the Public Transit Advisory Committee in early Summer 2021.
Your feedback is critical in identifying what the community needs. One goal of the COA is to recommend actions that will increase ridership by making transit more accessible, convenient, and appealing to residents. By obtaining input from both riders and non-riders in Collier County, CAT will be better equipped to identify and serve community transit needs.
Members of the public will be invited to participate in a public input survey (coming soon). No transit expertise is required – simply respond to the questions based on your own experiences in Collier County.
The public is also encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback throughout the study process. Inquiries and comments may be directed to 239-285-7552 or Yvonne.McClellan@qcausa.com. COA resources are available for review on this webpage:
Service alternatives will be presented for public review and feedback at two public workshops.
Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Government Center/ Human Resources Training Room
2:00pm to 4:00pm
The meeting will have an option to particiapte virtually.
Saturday, April 24, 2021 – Immokalee Library
10:00am to 12:00pm
The meeting will have an option to participate virtually.
If you would like to learn more about transit in our community, these resources are a great starting point.