1.0 INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND
The Transit Business Plan for the Regional District of Nanaimo was developed in 1998 establishing the basis on which Transit and HandyDART services would be provided in the region. The plan was updated in 2001 and some modifications were made to the document at that time. A number of improvements and actions included in that document have been carried out or have been met over the last two years.2.0 OBJECTIVE
The focus will be to review the plans accomplishments, update the key performance indicators and to bring forward suggested service areas that may be subject to adjustments. The review will essentially provide direction for 2003 service delivery adjustments and a general approach to service delivery until 2005 at which time BC Transit intends to have established a new funding formula and governance model.
To update the Transit Business Plan for the period 2003 to 2005 at which time BC Transit intends to have new Transit funding and governance models in place.3.0 PLAN APPROACH
The Transit Business Plan update will be focused on the period from 2003 to 2005. It will review the past performance of the Transit system, develop new Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) where necessary and will present scenarios for service adjustments.4.0 PLAN PARTICIPANTS
The update will be developed as a series of working papers, each addressing a different component of the plan, which will then be incorporated into the Transit Business Plan. The public will be consulted as part of this update through meetings, invitations to participate to key stakeholders, information access and input opportunities provided on the Transit web site and updates to municipal councils.
BC Transit and Regional District Staff5.0 PLAN OUTLINE & PROCESS
Staff will coordinate the Business Plan Update process and prepare the Plan. BC Transit staff will conduct necessary background research, prepare working papers, and develop the plans. RDN staff will liaise with the Transit Committee and the RDN Board and coordinate the public involvement process. Both BC Transit and the RDN staff will be involved in the detailed planning and scheduling of the service proposals.
A Board Select Committee, comprised of Directors representing the Transit service areas, will be established to provide direction for the Transit Business Plan update.
The Committee will meet approximately three times between February and May to review working papers on the history of Plan implementation to 2003, the Transit outlook for 2003 to 2005, updates to the key performance indicators, and service adjustment and delivery options. Plan preparation will be guided by the Committee who will also have a role in providing assistance and direction in the development of the public involvement component of the plan process.
Regional District Board
The Regional District Board will be provided with updates during the process and will be asked to approve the final Transit Business Plan Update in May.
Review of the Transit Business Plan Implementation To Date6.0 TIME LINE
Implementation of the Transit Business Plan will be reviewed. This will compare the proposals outlined in the Business Plan with those Transit service improvements and supporting strategies, which have been implemented to date. The conceptual plans forwarded to the Board in 2002 for new service in both Gabriola Island and the greater Cedar area will be incorporated into the final document.
Transit Outlook 2003-2005
This activity will focus on the next two years of service delivery. The review will focus on the financial and subsequent service impacts due to the cap in funding.
Update Key Performance Indicators
This review will look at Key Performance Indicator measures for the Regional Transit System. The planned objectives will be reviewed and updated as required.
Develop Service Adjustment Scenarios
A listing of specific service adjustments will be developed. This list will be used in the event that further service adjustments are required as a result of the BC Transit funding cap. Public input on that list will be important in order to gain the users perspective in relation to any service changes.
Alternate Service Options
The provision of service utilizing alternate service delivery models will be discussed in this section. Primarily models that would provide appropriate service at reduced costs will be outlined and areas identified where implementation would benefit the community.