Optimizing Transportation Investments Within the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO)/Sawyer County (SC) Transit System

Available Documents
Quarterly Report December 2004
Quarterly Report December 2006
Quarterly Report March 2007
Quarterly Report June 2007
Quarterly Report September 2007
Quarterly Report December 2007
Quarterly Report March 2008
Quarterly Report June 2008
Research Summary
Final Report

Primary Investigator
Amber Marlow
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
13466 W. Trepania Road
Hayward, WI 54843
(715) 634 4790 x156

Project Objective
To assess the Lac Courte Oreilles and Sawyer County community’s transportation research needs, strengthen collaboration between Sawyer County and Lac Courte Oreilles community and determine opportunities for optimizing local and regional transportation investments.

Project Abstract
Utilizing Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Casino revenue, the LCO Transit Committee has worked with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) students and other community partners/volunteers to implement a joint mass transit system in conjunction with the surrounding Sawyer County Transit (SCT). The system has now been in operation for 9 months and serves over 1200 community members per month. Because the LCO Transit side has been completely funded by Casino revenue and managed/operated by a group of volunteers, no formal analysis of the system has occurred. In an effort to sustain and improve the current successful system, the LCO/SC Transit Committee is exploring federal and state aid in order to improve the efficiency of operation by expanding collaboration between LCO and SC. More efficient ways to manage its assets and integrate this mode into local and regional transportation plans is needed. LCOOCC faculty and students will work in consultation with various transportation agencies to assess community transportation needs, compile accurate demographic and economic profiles for the LCO and SC community, assess transit modes within other tribal communities, and identify the benefits of a formal collaboration between Sawyer County and Lac Courte Oreilles.

Task Descriptions

  1. Task 1: Establish the research advisory team
    • Task 2a: Conduct comprehensive transit needs assessment for the Sawyer County and LCO community; conduct survey; compile demographic and economic profiles for the LCO and SC community; compile Transit ridership data
    • Task 2b: Research existing transit models at other reservation communities; literature review; identify potential transit model or further develop LCO/SC Transit into a new model
  2. Task 3: Identify opportunities for optimizing transportation investments (decreasing economic, social, environmental inefficiencies) within the LCO/SC Transit System; analyze transportation needs; determine ways to increase accessibility, improve safety, reduce environmental impacts; prepare final report

Relationship to Other Research Projects
Not related to existing MRUTC research projects

Technology Transfer Activities
Preliminary reports and/or quarterly reports will be submitted electronically. The final report will be submitted by project end.

Potential Benefits of the Project
This proposal focuses on analyzing Sawyer County and LCO community transportation resources and sets forth a plan for creating a more efficient system.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Project start date: 9/1/01, Final report by 8/31/02
  • Yearly Budget: $34,095, Total Budget: $34,095
  • Student Involvement: An undergraduate hourly student will be hired to work on this project
  • TRB Keywords: Asset Management, Transit
  • Primary Subject: Optimizing Transportation Investments
  • Modal Orientation: Transit
  • Project Number: 02-03