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Downtown, Riverfront, and Workforce Transit

Updated Mar 03 2023

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Professional firm Kimley Horn was hired to complete a transit study for Tuscaloosa. Gathering feedback from the public and other stakeholders is an important part of the study and provides feedback about desired improvements.  In addition, Kimley Horn gathered and analyzed data about the existing transit system in order to understand who is using the system, why they are using it, where they are going, how many riders are on each route, the cost of operating each route, and what facilities and equipment Tuscaloosa County Parking and Transit Authority (PATA) owns. The final study recommends improvements to operations and services, routes, and plans for future purchases of equipment, buses, and facilities.

PATA is headquartered in downtown Tuscaloosa and currently operates seven routes in the city, carrying around 350,000 riders each year. Routes are currently operated only on weekdays. In addition, a route carries fans from the downtown terminal to the University of Alabama campus on home-game Saturdays during football season. PATA’s operations are funded in majority part by federal grants, with the balance paid by the City of Tuscaloosa. Our transit system was last studied professionally over 20 years ago.

Goals and Impact
  • Connect more citizens to their jobs in order to remove barriers to employment

  • Provide rapid transit among popular downtown and riverfront destinations in order to provide a better, more convenient experience for people spending time in this area

  • Expand hours and routes, including nights and weekends in order to connect people to the places they need to go throughout the day and week

Project Updates

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Key Milestones & Events
  • PATA requested qualifications from firms between October 28, 2019 and November 27, 2019 to conduct a transit study

  • Finalists were interviewed on December 9, 2019

  • Kimley-Horn was selected and given notice to begin their work in February 2020

  • Completed engagement with stakeholder groups from the community

  • March 2021: completed community survey

  • July 2021: Presented transit study findings to the Connectivity Subcommittee

  • September 2021: Final Report delivered by Kimley-Horn

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