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Transit Plan Update July 2010
Original Transit Implementation Plan
2001, the City of Manhattan completed a Transit Implementation Plan for a city-wide fixed route transit program. Because the community did not achieve Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) status following the 2000 Census, the city did not pursue the recommendations in the Implementation Plan.

Since 2001, unprecedented growth has occurred in the Manhattan region due to changes at Fort Riley and Kansas State University. This growth has continued to stress the community’s transportation systems and the citizens who need access to jobs, school, and community resources. While a large parking structure is now open at Kansas State University, long-term options to mitigate parking problems can include transit as a strategy.

Transit Study
The City of Manhattan partnered with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to update the 2001 Transit Implementation Plan. The purpose of this planning effort was to review the feasibility of a citywide fixed-route transit system and to determine the best approach for developing, financing, and managing the service. In addition, the study analyzed options to move people to major employers and service centers within the region.

Plan Details
The study builds on the 2001 Transit Implementation Plan and provides a process to define short-term and long-term feasibility for transit in Manhattan and the surrounding area. It identifies the building blocks for a transit system and charts a course of development from today’s system to a future system. Four basic questions are addressed:
  • What market conditions for transit have changed since 2001?
  • What are the anticipated changes in these conditions over the next five to ten years?
  • What opportunities are there to use current resources to address the above market areas in the short term?
  • What does a future, long-term Manhattan area transit system look like, how would it work and how does the community develop such a system?

Transit Plan Update

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