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TDP: Making Connections

What is a TDP?

A Transit Development Plan, or TDP, is an intensive study of community needs:

  • Where do people live?
  • Where do they need to go?
  • Where do they want to go?
  • What is the best way to get them there?
  • How do we make that happen?

The TDP takes this information, adds in projections of economic development, conducts thorough analysis, and results in the creation of a strategic business plan for the next five years of CAT service and community growth. Our TDP was conducted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), incorporating feedback and input from all over our community.

Why was the community involved?

You, as a member of our community—whether business owner, student, resident, or tourist—are the reason we exist at CAT and have our vehicles on the street. That’s why we’ve asked for your input on our TDP through surveys, on Facebook and Twitter, and in person at public meetings since Fall 2012.

We needed your participation because this kind of plan is not just about CAT. It is about the businesses in our community–what do they need for their employees and customers? It is about the city of Savannah and Chatham County–what can we accomplish in agency partnerships to improve the way locals work and live and the way tourists come to play? It is about looking at the big picture to find out how pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles can more safely and smoothly interact through our cities. It is a plan that requires looking at today, learning from successes and obstacles in the past, and taking the time to plan for a better collective tomorrow.

We’d like to thank you all once again for caring about your community and continuing to believe in the possibilities for growth and change. There will always be tough choices in transit, as in business and in life, but we know we can do the best job for the most people with your help. View the final product you contributed to below.

Making Connections

After gathering all of the feedback and data, CUTR’s objective with our new five-year TDP was to connect the dots specifically for Savannah, Chatham County, and the Low Country.

TDP Goals

  • Design a plan that promotes effective and efficient mobility services, develops new services, and affords opportunities to optimize the use of existing resources and forge new partnerships;
  • Assess the community and organizational stakeholders’ vision and opinion of public transportation, including their service expectations and level of support for improvements;
  • Focus on the relationships between public transportation and overall economic development;
  • Facilitate the development of a plan that provides relevance and coordination of mobility services consistent with the vision and quality of life issues of the communities served by CAT;
  • Develop a public involvement and outreach plan that emphasizes customer orientation and provides CAT with insight into the public’s issues, needs and opinions;
  • Coordinate the TDP short-range strategic planning perspective with the Metropolitan Planning Commission’s (MPC) long-range transportation plans (Total Mobility Plan) as well as various local government mobility initiatives;
  • Develop goals, objectives and strategies resulting from all task activities and analyses, including both peer and trend analyses of CAT;
  • Create a goal-oriented work program based upon a five-year operating and capital program that supports sound management decisions and prioritizes service improvements.

The Final Product: TDP 2013-2018

Below are links to the final presentation and the complete business plan. Click on the sample slide to open the presentation, and click on the cover page to view the entire Making Connections plan as a pdf.

As always, your feedback is welcome; email us at

TDP sample slide             TDP cover image

Related Information: West Chatham Mobility Study

To evaluate whether areas of West Chatham County require or could benefit from public transportation services, CUTR conducted a mobility study in early 2015. Public meetings were held in Garden City and Pooler in March for comments and feedback. Click on the cover image below or read the final report here.

Cover of the West Chatham Mobility Study final report