1. Reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and petroleum fuel use is best accomplished by reducing single occupant vehicle (SOV) trips. Reducing GHG emissions is a vital goal in the I-TCTC 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan and in the County's Comprehensive Plan. With higher education being a prime employer in the county, we take the environmental threat of climate crisis seriously.
2. We are living in a Mobility Revolution, with wireless communications, computing, internet access. Wireless technology integrated with mobility services empowers individuals to create customized solutions. We face rising expectations for high level of customer service, easily accessible information in real time, and meeting individual customer needs.
3. Mobility equity is a very important priority. People without affordable mobility options are often isolated and lack the means to engage in life's activities. The location of affordable housing, mobility services and Internet access are three inter-related conditions undermining sustainable community living.
4. Mobility management strategy includes three basic elements: mobility services and programs; physical infrastructure (e.g. bus stops, parking facilities, accessible sidewalks and pedestrian networks, etc.); and "software" for service integration. Examples of integrated services include: Way2Go (community education and information, Ithaca Carshare, multi-modal payment system, and new business organization models (ITN Everywhere).
5. All ideas go into a mobility tool kit. MM strategy is continuously evolving ideas for services, programs and policies. We do not need to reinvent the wheel, just to borrow them.
6. A high priority is to fill existing empty seats in cars, taxis, paratransit buses and public transit buses and to encourage people to bicycle or walk wherever possible. Efficiency and productivity of mobility services and incentives for changing driving habits are important.
7. Mobility services are provided by multiple operators. Each operator of public transit, taxi, livery, intercity bus, paratransit, vanpool, rideshare, volunteer driver services, car-share, and mobility support services have their strengths and weaknesses. If successful, the strategy will increase the market potential for all services. Cooperation among operators to create convenient, practical and affordable mobility services is most desirable.
8. Ease of use by the public and responsive customer service are absolutely essential for people to move from driving alone to trying another mode or service. Improving convenience and customer service are outcomes of continuous quality improvement processes.
9. Back-up plans, redundant services and exceptional customer service are needed to handle the daily incidents of when problems arise and travel goes awry. This is a 24/7 service.
10. We need to track trends of modal splits for journey to work trips for all people working in Tompkins County, both residents and people commuting from other counties, in order to measure progress. The data is available through the American Communities Survey (US Census Dept).