Dwight Mengel, Chief Transportation Planner, Tompkins County DSS
In Upstate NY, 79% of employed persons, living in urban areas, drive alone to work. In general, rural residents have even fewer mobility choices than urbanized area residents. Upstate residents are more vulnerable to the negative impacts of high gasoline costs than downstate metro NY residents, who use extensive public transportation services.
In 2008, when gas prices rose above $4 per gallon, a coherent public policy response by New York State and local governments was largely absent. The growing public pressure to record gas prices was lanced by the rapid fall in oil prices at the start of the world financial crisis. The current period is an opportunity to prepare for the next oil crises (or gas price escalation) by implementing a family of mobility services that provides realistic choices in a car-oriented culture.
This presentation explores a mobility management strategy for Tompkins County, NY, which proposes a community mobility co-operative to purchase mobility services, provided by private and public parties, for individual members. People would select services from a menu of mobility services to create a customized payment plan. The central question is this – Can mobility services be bundled as a consumer service people will pay for?
The next presentation is at the ITCTC Joint Committee Meeting, June 22, 2010, 2-4 pm, Borg Warner Room, Public Library, open to the public