Capital infrastructure for a transit agency can range from a bus stop to a transfer center, a park-and-ride lot, or an operations and maintenance facility. All of these may have different uses, but all require appropriate planning and design to ensure functionality, effectiveness for use by patrons and/or employees, and efficient use of federal, state, and local capital funding that often is insufficient to meet all existing needs for many transit agencies. TOA is experienced in the planning and analysis of capital projects, including the planning, design, and accessibility assessment of bus stop infrastructure. TOA has produced bus stop infrastructure design guidelines for numerous transit systems, some of which have been formalized in the community's land development regulations. TOA also developed transit facilities guidelines for two FDOT Districts and continues to provide support to FDOT and local communities to incorporate transit infrastructure into local developments.
TOA staff also offer experience in planning for transit facility issues, including space needs for staff and equipment, maintenance needs and layout, employee parking, facility functionality, vehicle circulation, and site access, among others. TOA led a facility redesign effort for Hillsborough Transit Authority's (HART) 21st Avenue operations and maintenance facility, and also supported Collier Area Transit (CAT) on the development of a facility layout concept for its new Radio Road operations complex. TOA helped Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) staff meet the requirements of a consent decree by assessing and designing ADA accessibility improvements for 550 bus stops along 8 major corridors in Pinellas County. These improvements are currently being implemented, and TOA now is helping PSTA design the layouts for two transfer facilities associated with shopping centers. This experience clearly highlights TOA's understanding of the need for multiple transportation modes to interface efficiently to move people and goods—hence, the reason for a strong commitment to planning and designing infrastructure that fosters mobility.
Some related TOA capital support and infrastructure projects include:
- Lee County Transit (LeeTran) US 41 Transfer Facility Assessment (2011)
- FDOT Transit Office Statewide Transit Accessibility & Facility Design Course (2011)
- Federal Transit Administration Station Assessments (w/Planner's Collaborative, 2011)
- CAT Radio Road Strategic Site Plan & Green Strategies Plan (2010)
- FDOT District 1 Transit Facilities Design & ADA Training (2009)
- PSTA Intelligent Transportation Systems Support (2009)
- Greensboro (NC) Transit Authority Bus Stop Amenities Program (w/Dan Boyle, 2008)
- PSTA Ticket Vending Machine Study (2007)
- HART Bus Stop & Facility Accessibility Study (2007)
- Pasco County Site Selection Evaluation for Transfer Facility (2006)
- Greensboro (NC) Transit Infrastructure Guidelines (2006)
- HART Long-Term Facilities Implementation Plan (2005)
- Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) Transit Design Handbook (2005)