Rural Transit Consultants Receives 2004 Tranny Award for Innovative Public Transportation; Avila Beach Area Receives Convenient Transportation Free to Riders.
Recipients of this year's Tranny Award include Caltrans Districts 4 and 5 for the San Francisco Bay Area Incident Response System and the Highway 101 Cuesta Grade Project in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, Taylor Heavy Hauling for Truck Diesel Emissions Reduction in Sacramento, and others.
"RTC's contribution to this project is significant because of CEO Greg Meeks' expertise in consulting and operational aspects of public transportation systems," states Horne. "We raised money for initial project funding; RTC took care of everything else -- planning, stops, timing, route, community contacts, marketing, budgeting, purchase and vehicle operation."
The Avila trolley provides free transportation, connecting residents and tourists to the countywide SCAT service. The SLO COG determined the service satisfies their criteria for unmet public transit needs, providing 90% of funding to continue the service. ABCF guarantees additional funding, but RTC arranged for advertising and donations covering the community's share of operating costs.
The Avila trolley is one of only two free public transportation systems in California's unincorporated areas. RTC established the other free system in Cambria.
These organizations contribute to the success of the Avila Beach Trolley Program: Air Pollution Control District of SLO County, Port San Luis Marine Institute, County of SLO, Avila Valley Advisory Council, Avila Business Association, and San Luis Obispo COG.
Rural Transportation Consultants develops public transportation systems in rural and unincorporated areas of the Western U.S. RTC's consulting expertise encompasses needs assessment; planning; routing; vehicle purchasing; operations; marketing (web sites, signage, and brochures) for fixed route systems and dial-a-rides. Based on this expertise, RTC provides consulting services to create turnkey, cost-effective transportation systems to COGs in rural and unincorporated areas.
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|Date:||Sep 2, 2004|
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