The Southeast Tulare County Transit Mobility Plan consists of a nine-month planning effort focused on addressing gaps in the mobility options available to transit disadvantaged populations, including low-income residents, students, the disability community, and seniors. This report provides recommendations for fixed-route and paratransit services, in addition to other mobility strategies. Based on discussions with Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) and transit agency staff, the primary goals for this effort include the following:
Identify gaps in mobility for the four target population groups
Recommend mobility strategies to address these gaps that can be implemented in the short to medium term
The Mobility Plan was developed at the same time as the Tulare County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and the two planning processes share similar goals. In particular, the goals of the Tulare County LRTP include improving regional mobility, such as transit improvements at the local, countywide, and regional levels; accommodating future population growth; evaluating bus rapid transit alignments; reviewing existing fare structures; and assessing feasibility of transit technology enhancements. Other, more concrete goals include coordinating fares between local and regional transit providers and increasing the availability of transit information, both of which would support enhanced mobility options in Southeast Tulare County. The LRTP is designed to guide transit service planning in Tulare County through 2040, whereas this plan is designed to guide transit service planning in Southeast Tulare County over the next 3-5 years.