Project Information Public Involvement FAQ Updates

Purpose and Need

The Transit Development Plan (TDP) is a strategic plan that is used to guide transit planning, development, and operations. The TDP will help identify transit service needs, prioritize improvements and determine the resources required for implementing modified or new services.

Developing a TDP now will help BJCTA reposition the local bus services to address the needs of a rapidly changing community. The last TDP was completed in 2008. During the time since the last plan was completed, Birmingham has changed tremendously.
  • Downtown Birmingham is now a vibrant, mixed-use place.
  • Birmingham’s neighborhoods are experiencing new investment.
  • The City’s demographic are rapidly changing, with both Baby Boomers and Millenials looking for more diverse travel alternatives.
  • Residents and employers are demanding better transit service.
  • New transportation investments, such as the bus rapid transit (BRT) system require innovation.
BJCTA conducted a detailed examination of its existing transit services and service area to identify deficiencies and opportunities. This included taking a hard look at:
  • Demographics/Employment
  • Bus Route Efficiency and Productivity
  • Ridership
  • Operations
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Finance and Funding
BJCTA also gathered input from stakeholders to include employers and economic developers, colleges, universities, and trade schools, hospitals and healthcare organizations, human and social service agencies, and community development interests.
BJCTA is seeking to drastically improve local transit services, rebuilding bus services around an advanced transit network. Key goals of the TDP include:
  • Making routes more direct
  • Improving service frequency
  • Providing more service in the evenings and weekends, and
  • Better coordinating schedules
BJCTA will adopt the TDP in Spring 2017. From there, they will coordinate short-, medium-, and long-term changes with the City of Birmingham and their other funding partners to ensure that adequate funding will be available. BJCTA will also coordinate with advocacy groups and social service agencies. Most importantly, BJCTA will begin educating the public about the coming changes. As new services are introduced and changes made, the public’s input will be critical to fine-tuning the services.