I like to track the number of unique visitors to this website. Here is the pattern for Sept 2010. Today, had the fewest visitors at 26.
I like Ithaca Carshare's newsletters and really like their multi-modal approach to customer services. Ok, I am a carshare member. But, that is not the point. Ithaca Carshare creates new partnerships with agencies and businesses to co-market to customers. The September newsletter announces Ithaca Carshare members will get 15% off car rentals at Diane's Downtown Automotive and National car rental. Ithaca Carshare sells TCAT passes. Ithaca Carshare looks to expand membership to limited income persons with its Easy Access program. Ithaca Carshare promotes bicycling. Ithaca Carshare promotes alternative mobility to increase its value to customers and to promote its community mobility values. This multi-modal approach is to be commended and and encouraged for all mobility operators to adopt.
The Way2Go contract between Tompkins Co. DSS and Cornell Cooperative Extension is being renewed for the Oct 1 - Sept 30 year. A draft program for 2011 is available for review. Basically, Way2Go will add a staff position to take lead on website management, consulting with employers and coordinated travel training. We look forward to a new year of Way2go.
I've posted Chrisophia Somerfeldt's email I about Way2Go in October.
- Dwight Mengel
The Faster and Farther group of mobility providers and planners will reconvene Friday, October 22, with Gary Ferguson of the Ithaca Downtown Alliance to revive a conversation on transportation-related strategic planning for downtown Ithaca. Look for more on that as we get closer to it, and feel free to let me know of anyone you think should be in on the conversation.
In the meantime, I'll be helping to convene smaller groups working how to meet the need out of town medical transportation and the needs of older adults and people with disabilities; outreach to people with limited English proficiency; and taking steps toward coordinating travel-training in the county. Let me know if you want to be included on these topics.
In addition, I am gathering updates for the newest edition of the Transportfolio transportation information binder for this year's professional trainings. Please send me any information that you would like helping professionals and other people across the county to know about when it comes to transportation.
Way2Go Transportation Community Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County
615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-2292 ext. 184
On Sept. 7, 2010, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services, Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council and GADABOUT sent a joint letter of interest to ITNAmerica to come to agreement for our participation in the ITN Everywhere development program.
ITN Everywhere is an innovative development program for develop grassroots community transportation services in rural and small urban areas. We are interested in its key elements of time banking of volunteer credits, self-financing personal transportation accounts, and emphasis on sutainability. The program will create incentives for ridesharing, support trip reservation logistics for volunteer driver services, and enable community agencies, groups and churches to coordinate their use of vans to serve local mobility needs. The business model enables information technology (software), marketing, fundraising, legal research and operations to be supported by ITNAmerica in Portland, ME. The overall approach is innovative and leverages advantages of a local grassroots network, internet access, a national network and a central hub for services, support and business development. We look forward to this development process.
We saw a dramatic rise in website visits in August 2010. Average visitors per day increased from 42 in July to 51 in August. 25% of the days had 60+ visitors. August was also a very busy month as we featured two meetings about ITN Everywhere. Thank you for your visits and comments.
Dwight Mengel works in the Tompkins County Department of Social Services as its Chief Transportation Planner.