- The I-TCTC wrote a 20 year Long Range Transportation Plan for 2030, which included transportation scenarios for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- TCAT completed its five year Transit Development Plan and began its implementation for 2010.
- GADABOUT began brokering and providing additional trips for persons with disabilities under the federal New Freedom program.
- The County awarded a contract to Ithaca Dispatch to implement CityVan, a subscription van pilot program in the Towns of Newfield and Enfield.
- Cooperative Extension tested its Way2Go transportation education materials with front line staff of human service agencies and developed its marketing plan to launch Way2Go to the public in 2010.
- County Dept of Social Services provided train-the-trainer workshops on operating a travel training program for agencies who provide travel training to individuals.
- Ithaca Carshare added cars to its fleet and diversified its program offerings.
2010 starts with the rollout of new and improved transportation services in the County. TCAT is launching its revised routes and schedules on Jan 17 and is promoting its new Tcard (fare card), which is now available. Cooperative Extension is busy with rolling out its Way2Go's website, to provide consumer information on all mobility alternatives in the county. The County's CityVan service, to reach unserved areas in Newfield and Enfield, will start in January. There is a coalition interested in promoting vanpooling and ridesharing services in 2010. Further, there is interest in increasing and nurturing volunteer driver programs in the County.
The big picture goals of these activities is for multiple public and private sector parties to continuously increase and improve transportation alternatives to the public as realistic alternatives to driving alone in a car, and to provide essential mobility for low-income persons, seniors and people with disabilities.
In a time of fiscal stress, coordination is key to address gaps in existing services and unmet needs, and to encourage new solutions. We need to revise the County's Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan in 2010. Now is an opportune time for governments, agencies and operators to reassess, from the ground up, how transportation can be provided in a more cost-effective manner. I invite interested parties to work together on planning for coordinated transportation services this year and in the future.