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<br />e <br /> <br />the board has authority to assess a tax against the self-employed, it has as <br />yet not chosen to do so. <br /> <br />City Manager Mike Gleason stressed the importance of viewing LTD as part of <br />the transportation system. Unique concepts have been generated in <br />Transplan, one of which is working toward a 10-percent modal split. This is <br />a goal which will take a great deal of commitment to achieve. <br /> <br />Mr. Gleason introduced Don Arkell, director of Lane Regional Air Pollution <br />Authority (LRAPA) and Steff Viggiano, LTD Planning Director. Mr. Viggiano <br />provided an overview to the "Partners in Transitll program. He said that LTD <br />operates a radial route system--a system in which bus routes emanate from a <br />central station and return to the station after completing a trip. To <br />complement this type of routing structure, the district operates a pulse <br />timed-meet system at the downtown station. This means that buses are <br />scheduled to arrive at the station at the same time, park for five minutes <br />while riders transfer between buses, and then leave at the same time. This <br />type of system is used to reduce the amount of time required for a trip that <br />requires a transfer between buses. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Mr. Viggiano said that the radial system is the most commonly used routing <br />structure for transit systems in the United States. Its main advantage is <br />that it provides direct service to the downtown area and provides convenient <br />transfers between buses. Its main disadvantage is that many riders must <br />travel through downtown, which may be out of the direction they wish to <br />travel, to complete their trip. Mr. Viggiano noted that the district has <br />evaluated other routing concepts, but has determined that the radial system <br />best fits with the level of bus service that is offered and with the <br />geographic and developmental characteristics of the Eugene/Springfield <br />metropolitan area. <br /> <br />Mr. Viggiano pointed out that the district does not operate a "purell radial <br />routing system. Several routes provide direct service to major trip <br />generators without traveling through downtown Eugene. An example is a route <br />that connects the Gateway and downtown Springfield areas with Lane Community <br />Co 11 ege . <br /> <br />Mr. Viggiano reviewed some of the changes in ridership and service that have <br />occurred between 1970 and the present. With the exception of the early <br />1980s, ridership in LTD has grown steadily over this period. In FY88-89, LTD <br />ridership was at almost 4.5 million annual trips--the highest total ridership <br />in the district's history. <br /> <br />Mr. Viggiano indicated that the University of Oregon pre-paid program has <br />been largely responsible for the substantial growth recognized by LTD. By <br />paying $4.50 per term in fees, this program entitles students to ride the bus <br />anywhere in the city. A regular monthly pass would cost $21 and a student <br />term pass would cost $44 per term. <br /> <br />Mr. Viggiano said that the most common destination for riders is the Eugene <br />downtown area, followed by the University of Oregon, Lane Community college, <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br />Dinner/Work Session <br /> <br />February 12, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />