Transit (aka public transportation) benefits the region’s overall travel conditions by helping to reduce single-occupant vehicle (SOV) travel. The main objective of transit is to provide travel options, but it also meets secondary objectives, like increased mobility, reduced congestion, and improved air quality.
The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) runs the MAX fixed-route bus service and the VIP complementary paratransit service. VIP service operates within a 3/4 mile radius of the fixed route, and is provided to individuals who are elderly or disabled and are not able to use the fixed-route service.
Program of Projects
The BJCTA, in accordance with Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) guidelines, develops an annual Program of Projects (POP). A POP is a list of projects proposed by a designated recipient in cooperation with a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to be funded from FTA Sections 5307, 5339, and 5310 programs. The POP includes a brief description of these funding programs, a list of projects that are proposed to be funded, total project costs, and federal share for each project. Projects identified in the POP, once they have approved, will be programmed into the Birmingham MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Listed below are some of the transit studies in which the RPCGB has been involved. These studies incorporated collaboration with local governments, stakeholders, media and the general public.
- US11/78 East Corridor Study
- US 11 Southwest Corridor Study
- I-65/US 31 Mobility Matters
- US 280 Transit Study
- In-town Transit Partnership
- Final Report Atlanta to Birmingham High-Speed Rail Study
- Montgomery to Birmingham High-Speed Rail Study
Directory of Public Transportation in Alabama
A statewide Directory of Public Transportation was created as part of a project for the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities. The directory is organized by county and contains contact information, type of service, hours, starting cost, and whether or not they accept Medicaid. If the line is blank, no public transportation is available in that county. Private for-profit providers are not included.
Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan
The Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan (HSCTP) identifies needs of individuals who are elderly and disabled, and establishes strategies to meet those needs. The HSCTP guides decision making regarding the allocation of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 program funding for projects that increase mobility for individuals who are elderly or disabled.