Richmond Parkway Transit Center Study

Client: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)

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(c) 2009, Wikimedia user “Wishfulanthony” / Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Richmond Parkway Transit Center is a park-and-ride facility owned by Caltrans, maintained by AC Transit, and utilized by multiple transit operators as well as private carpoolers in the I-80 corridor.  AC Transit asked a team led by ARUP to re-evaluate the feasibility of earlier plans to expand the facility by building a 600-space garage on the site.

Transportation Analytics conducted the financial analysis that synthesized the conclusions and assumptions of the engineering and technical work earlier in the study.  Our flexible spreadsheet model provided the ability to test multiple scenarios and conduct sensitivity analyses.  The model showed the impact of AC Transit policies such as the requirement to include the re-capitalization costs and demonstrated the implications of different inflation assumptions.  Testing a wide variety of options provided reassurance to decision-makers about the merits of a down-sized approach.

Bayview Hunters Point Mobility Study

Client: San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA)

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Numerous community-based organizations (CBOs) serve the residents of Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco and provide transportation to their youth & senior program clients.  This project brought together neighborhood stakeholders with multiple city organizations to collaboratively develop a business plan for a shared van shuttle service that would offer improved mobility and connections within the community while maximizing use of scarce resources.

Transportation Analytics provided all of the financial analysis for the business plan.  Early tasks focused on a benchmarking evaluation of the CBOs’ current transportation costs, both individually and in terms of the total resources being spent on transportation services.  Based on the proposed operating plan for the shared service, Transportation Analytics created a   financial model that demonstrated estimated costs for prospective participants under multiple scenarios.  The business plan is now being used as the basis for development of formal MOUs in preparation for detailed service planning activities.

MAPS: Mobility, Access, & Pricing Study

Client: San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA)

Transportation Analytics was part of the PBS&J-led consultant team that conducted the preliminary feasibility evaluation of implementing congestion charging in the City of San Francisco.  The Study Team explored how different charging schemes might be able to mitigate traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, and develop a revenue stream to help improve local transit operations.  In December, 2010, the SFCTA Board accepted the initial study and recommended moving forward with the next stage of planning activities.  Transportation Analytics had a multi-faceted role on the project including:

  • financial analysis of potential pricing scenarios, including a revenue snapshot screening tool and a 30-year cash flow model
  • providing expertise in financing alternatives
  • modeling the financial impact and sensitivity of different pricing policies
  • supporting the analysis of transit system performance impacts
  • communicating the implications of various operating assumptions
  • preparing major portions of the final report

Flexible Carpooling Exploratory Study

Client: U.C. Davis Energy Efficiency Center

Flexible Carpooling is the use of an innovative set of technologies that supports the formation of ‘on-the-spot’ carpools, in an effort to better utilize existing road capacity.  Transportation Analytics contributed to a preliminary feasibility study that addresses the key implications of implementing such a system in the United States.  Using a case-study approach focused on five congested corridors in the San Francisco Bay Area, we developed a generalized cost model based on a data analysis of the key local drivers of transportation mode choice.  The model shows how existing and potential commuters would be impacted by alternative system deployment options, as well as major market forces and selected commuter characteristics.  The combined scenarios illustrate how different implementations of flexible carpooling result in varied impacts to the five case study corridors.

Sponsorship Program Feasibility Study

Client: Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District

Transportation Analytics worked closely with the firm Sponsorship Strategies to investigate the feasibility of creating an innovative philanthropic-style sponsorship program whereby individuals and corporations could contribute towards to the preservation and enhancement of the Bridge as a tourist attraction, as well as support educational and interpretive features for visitors.  Transportation Analytics developed a scenario model allowing for the comparison of different combinations of features, benefits, and public-private partnership structures.  The model was able to demonstrate the implications of different policy options for Board-level review and formally quantify the true revenue potential of this controversial proposal.