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Barriers to public transit analyzed in new Commission report

A report identifying opportunities to improve pedestrian accommodations and bus stop facilities in Barnstable County was recently completed by Cape Cod Commission transportation staff.

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority requested an assessment of its designated stops, including an inventory of amenities and potential access improvements. The Commission report, “Eliminating Transit Barriers: A review of bus stops and access to them on Cape Cod,” identifies potential improvements for communities to consider when planning public works projects. It is intended as a tool for local communities to identify potential gaps in their pedestrian network.

For the analysis, all CCRTA bus stops, as well as some intercity bus stops, were evaluated, including identification of nearby sidewalks. Stops were prioritized based on ridership, equity and cost. Recommendations include implementing a signage program to add low cost amenities such as CCRTA logo signs, schedules and systems maps at bus stops.

A finding by the by the Cape and Islands Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) prompted the study. The RCC found pedestrian access to bus stops was a key impediment for transit users on the Cape and Islands. The RCC was established to improve coordination of transportation services for the elderly and disabled. The group surveyed its membership and determined that accessing bus services was an issue at some locations.

Roadways identified for pedestrian improvements are on major roads with transit stops. The stops that showed need for facility improvements were stops with minimal facilities or accommodations and high ridership.

The report also suggests potential methods of funding, including federal, state and local sources.

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