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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Downtown, Riverfront, and Workforce Transit

Updated Feb 22, 2024

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Summary

A transit study for Tuscaloosa was completed in 2021, with stakeholder feedback playing a critical part in the process. The final study recommends improvements to operations and services, routes, and plans for future purchases of equipment, buses, and facilities. This information guides decisions for improvements to the system each year. Elevate funding provides required matching funds for federal grants invested into capital purchases.


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 and University of Alabama.

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
Timeline

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Key Milestones & Events
Completed:
  • November 2019: PATA requested qualifications from firms to conduct a transit study

  • December 2019: finalists were interviewed

  • February 2020: Kimley-Horn was selected to conduct transit study

  • November 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: transit study delivered by Kimley-Horn

  • June 2022: PATA purchased 4 new transit buses

  • January 2024: PATA purchased 10 new bus shelters

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Financial Information
Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$220,850

Approved:

$240,850

Budget:

Pending Planning/Design

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Spent: The amount paid on this project to-date.​

Approved: The amount that has been approved by the City Council to be spent for a specific contract or purpose on this project. In city accounting terms, this is spent + encumbered.

Budget: The total amount of money that the City expects to be spent to complete this project. This amount is only finalized once sufficient planning on the project has been completed.

Cost Details
Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$470,850

Other City Funds:

$0

External Funding:

$78,400

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund: City funds dedicated to Elevate Tuscaloosa which are allocated to this project.

Other City Funds: City funds from non-Elevate Tuscaloosa sources allocated to this project.

External Funding: Amounts from sources outside of the city, such as grants, or donations from citizens or private companies.

Funding Details
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