cott Chancey is the Josephine Community Transit Program Supervisor, overseeing a staff who work in the Josephine County Public Works Department. Chancey joined the agency in 2009, marking a return to the Grants Pass community where he was born and raised.
“The RVCL is a three-year demonstration project funded by the Middle Rogue Metropolitan Planning Organization,” said Chancey. Those funds passed down from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. What’s next in store?
Is the biggest transit news the launch of the Rogue Valley Commuter Line (RVCL)? “The RVCL is an important new service but it isn’t our agency’s biggest news,” said Chancey. “This summer, I had the pleasure of making a presentation to our county commissioners that ridership has increased more than 150% since I joined the department.”
“My goal is to ultimately meet the Federal Transit Administration criteria required for additional federal funding under the Small Transit Intensive Cities program,” said Chancey. “Only one system in Oregon — the Corvallis Transit System — meets some of the criteria today, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.”
Why the large increase? “The increase has been across the board,” said Chancey. “I took the existing system and radically transformed it. The system’s functionality changed, making it more appealing for people to use.” Why do you like transit planning consultant Jarrett Walker? “Walker brings a common sense approach to transit,” said Chancey. “He was the first one to articulate it, breaking transit down to its simplest form. Provide mobility through transit and people will buy it.” What else about the RVCL? “The new service even provides stops in Rogue River and Gold Hill upon request,” said Chancey. “RVCL riders can make free transfers on Josephine Community Transit and the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD).” The new weekday service started September 2, running between Grants Pass and Medford five times per day. The first service leaves Grants Pass at 6:35 a.m. and arrives at the RVTD Front Street Station at 7:35 a.m.
Your favorite transit system? “I hate to say it but I love our transit system the most,” said Chancey. “We don’t do everything perfectly but we’re on the right track. I’m pretty proud of that.” Chancey recently traveled to Arizona, where he rode the new Sun Link streetcar, part of the Sun Tran system.
September 5, 2014
Moving Ahead - Fall Edition 2014