There is a on-line video series for re-organizing community transportation according to mobility management values. You can see it at the RTAP website. There are two videos to watch - Trends affecting Transit and Identifying & serving customers. Check it out!
This post is from the ITCTC 2011-2015 TIP Update, Item V, page 10. meeting of April 20, 2010.
The idea for the proposed Regional Transportation Study evolved over the last two years. A group of representatives from Tompkins County and surrounding counties have been meeting periodically, hosted by TC3, to discuss the need for better coordinated management of commuters moving across counties.
The proposed study is envisioned as a regional mobility study, not just regional transit study. Its purpose is to increase, and better manage, mobility alternatives for intercounty travel, primarily commuters. There is significant inter-county commuting in the multi-county area surrounding Tompkins County. For example, Tompkins County is a net-labor importer with approximately 10,000 to 13,000 persons traveling into Tompkins from neighboring counties, while approximately 4,000 commute from Tompkins to employment in other counties. Presently, the great majority of intercounty trips (work based and other) in the region are made by car on state highways.
A regional approach to mobility management looks to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of existing mobility services, develop and market real mobility choices to the public, and enable coordination among counties to reduce costs of public program transportation. An effective regional mobility program could reduce the volume, or at least reduce the growth rate, of commuter traffic on the highway network. This approach to protect our existing road infrastructure by improving multi-modal mobility and particularly reducing drive alone trips is a principal recommendation of the 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan for Tompkins County.
In summary, the proposed regional mobility plan is comprehensive, including all alternatives to reduce drive-alone automobile trips and to provide realistic options to persons who are unable to or choose not to drive. The shift from drive-alone trips to different shared trip options will reduce pressure on the highway system and particularly on State Roads. Bus transportation, including commuter bus and intercity bus services, needs to be considered in the study. In addition to bus, there are mobility programs, such as van pools, guaranteed ride home, ridesharing, etc., which should be analyzed for coordinated implementation region-wide. Human service programs have intercounty travel needs which can be also be coordinated to reduce costs of public programs and provide access to needed services. The regional mobility plan should be developed as a regional mobility management plan to cost-effectively increase intercounty mobility services.
I found this article in the NYT (4/27/10) quite interesting. It is about the perceived negative effects powerpoint presentations have in the American military. Apparently, the world can not be reduced to bullet points. Powerpoint offers the illusion of control and removes complexity.
The offered alternative is a well-reasoned five page paper. But who has time to read?
Coordination planning is immersed in complexity and individual relationships. Watch out how you use powerpoint.
On April 28, TC3 is hosting a meeting of the Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga, regional planning coalition. The purpose is to secure support for a proposed regional transportation plan. My two objectives are to include Coordinated Plan objectives and ensure a multi-modal approach guides the planning process. We need to coordinate out-of-county human services travel, especially medical services, with neighboring counties. We can also implement a family of transportation services regionally.
From Carl Haynes, President of TC3:
"I think all of us who have concerns about public transportation in our region are strongly committed to taking our respective county transportation plans and applying expertise in such a way that it will help us address a broad range of public transportation needs on a regional basis. This study, we believe, can not only fill this need, but could position us well for additional federal resources to help implement plans and ideas that may be developed during this regional planning process. A small amount of money invested now could yield tremendous benefits to all of us down the road."
I'll be writing a follow-up to this meeting.
ITCTC and Tompkins County DSS hosted the NTI Coordinated Mobility seminar last week (April 7-8, 2010) in the Borg Warner Room of the County Library. We extend our thanks to everyone who came. The weather was perfect. 47 people came to the class, 8 from Tompkins County.
The main subject was mobility management, with a minor in coordinated planning. Jim Mclary of NTI was the instructor. Change was continuously emphasized throughout the sessions. TCRP Report #97 - Emerging New Paradigms: A Guide to Fundamental Change in Local Public Transportation Organizations and the book The Welch Way provided key conceptual supports for the class.
I have spare class materials which I can give/send to interested people. I want to create a mobility management website to enable people to keep in touch in their quests for successful mobility management.
Question received - So my question is who actually makes the decisions?
The project selection process is shown here.
We use published criteria.
The criteria relates to the Coordinated Plan's strategy.
At the March 16 meeting the group's consensus supported using a three person outside panel under Fernando deAragon would evaluate proposals to recommend to the Coordinated Planning Committee. The Committee sends its endorsement to the ITCTC. The ITCTC approves the project list. It is then up to me to figure out how to find money to fund projects, either by reprogramming an existing grant or through new grants.
Dwight Mengel, Chief Transportation Planner
The Coordinated Plan meeting date was changed to Friday April 16 in order for Fernando deAragon to attend. Since Fernando and a ITCTC committee is evaluating the second round of proposals due on April 9, we thought he should be at the meeting. See you on Friday, April 16 at 10 am Old Jail CR.
Dwight Mengel works in the Tompkins County Department of Social Services as its Chief Transportation Planner.