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The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority hosted a downtown circulator discussion on Tuesday, June 10 at Alagasco located at 20 20th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Below is a general summary of the meeting:
Kicking off the meeting, there was a brief introduction of the BJCTA and the research group facilitating the meeting. The suggested time frame of implementing the downtown circulator was in the “as soon as possible” time frame.
After the introduction, participants were divided into three groups, each with a facilitator to go over three transit questions and gather locations on a downtown Birmingham map of where participants thought the downtown circulator should stop.
Questions and general responses included:
1) Vision – what are the critical elements for the downtown circulator to be a success?
Answers: On time, dependable, frequency (10-15 minutes), environmentally friendly, clearly identifiable, technology incorporation to show real time locations, 7 days/week service
2) Challenges – what are the challenges or barriers in achieving a successful downtown circulator?
Answers: Funding, equipment, perceptions, trust
3) Benefits – what are the community benefits for a downtown circulator?
Answers: Mental health, less stress, connectivity, economic benefits, downtown tourism
4) Map the downtown circulator – here, participants were asked to suggest and highlight stops of the downtown circulator on a large map of downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
There were approximately 50 community members present to provide feedback, and the meeting concluded assuring participants that this data will be collected and recorded.