Throughout the country, more and more transit agencies are focusing their energies on maximizing community mobility through a comprehensive array of transportation services and partnership programs. For many, this approach involves the integration of multiple travel modes—from high-capacity rail transit to flexible vanpool vehicles—in order to link the most efficient transit technology with the specific needs of the market. Additionally, more and more transit agencies are leveraging partnerships with groups like Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) to work closely with the business community in an effort to market transit services, sell transit passes and even develop customized shuttle services.
Vanpools: Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Mobility
While rail and bus transit continue to provide efficient service for the majority of transit trips along heavily traveled corridors, the growing demand to serve suburb-to-suburb trips, low-density office markets and outlying communities suggests the need for integration of more flexible transit services like vanpools.
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For more information on vanpooling in the Puget Sound region, contact William Roach at 206.684.1620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation Management Associations: Leveraging Partnerships for Success
Transit agencies across the country are recognizing the benefits of working closely with Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) to forge productive partnerships with the business community and local organizations. TMAs emerged in the 1980s in an effort to form public-private partnerships to address traffic congestion and air quality challenges. TMAs are often private, non-profit organizations, with members typically including groups like employers, developers, building managers, government organizations, and community groups. There are 150 TMAs in operation throughout the United States. Many of these organizations are working closely with local transit agencies to develop marketing campaigns, sell transit passes, recommend route and schedule improvements, and facilitate planning projects. Some TMAs have even designed and implemented local shuttle services to augment the existing transit network.
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Cumberland Transportation Network
The Cumberland Transportation Network (CTN) is a TMA located in Atlanta, Georgia. CTN works with businesses, commuters and public agencies to improve mobility and accessibility to and within the Cumberland area. Over the past five years, CTN has partnered with local transit providers to encourage and support alternative transportation solutions. CTN discounts bus and rail passes, provides route information and promotes special programs, including paratransit services. CTN supports a vanpool initiative where 42 vanpools supplement the local bus service. CTN also works closely
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|with the transit agency to arrange for new and enhanced bus services for area employers. The partnership with CTN provides transit agencies with increased visibility, additional outreach support, improved ridership, corporate involvement and enhanced transportation options. For more information, contact Malaika Rivers at 770.859.2331 or email@example.com.|
The integration of vanpool programs and the formation of partnerships with TMAs are two key ways in which transit agencies are providing comprehensive mobility services. For more information on these and other concepts, or to find a TMA in your area, contact:
||Association for Commuter Transportation|
Stuart Anderson, Executive Director
Kevin Luten, Assistant Director
P.O. Box 15542
Washington, DC 20003-0542