Vanpool Presentation for WSDOT at 2008 Association for Commuter Transportation Vanpool Summit
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Vanpool Presentation for WSDOT at 2008 Association for Commuter Transportation Vanpool Summit



Presentation regarding the Washington State DOT's Vanpool Investment Program while I was at WSDOT.

Presentation regarding the Washington State DOT's Vanpool Investment Program while I was at WSDOT.



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Vanpool Presentation for WSDOT at 2008 Association for Commuter Transportation Vanpool Summit Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Vanpool Investment Program Overview Chris Simmons Rideshare Program Manager Public Transportation Division August 24, 2008 Paula Hammond Secretary of Transportation Steve Reinmuth Chief of Staff Dave Dye Chief Operating Officer
  • 2. Congestion requires a balanced management approach Bottlenecks 40% Traffic Incidents 25% 5% Adding Capacity Strategically Building is part of the solution—capital projects improve congestion and safety by increasing highway capacity to relieve chokepoints that are caused by excess demand.
    • Operating Roadways Efficiently
    • WSDOT can make the existing system operate more efficiently by using tools such as:
      • Ramp meters
      • Synchronized traffic signals
      • HOV lanes
      • Incident response trucks to clear traffic incidents
      • Construction traffic management
      • Continue to explore emerging practices
      • and technologies such as Active Traffic Management
    • Managing Demand
    • Providing people choices—WSDOT can reduce demand on the transportation system:
      • Commute Trip Reduction programs
      • Transit
      • Vanpools and Carpool programs
      • Roadway pricing
      • Travel information
      • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules
    What are we doing about congestion? “Moving Washington” The multiple causes of congestion require a balanced approach that uses several strategies. Building more roads alone will not address the problem. Instead, a balanced corridor-based approach is needed that includes operations, safety, and preserving the existing system.
    • Benefits of Moving Washington
    • Maximizes use of existing infrastructure
    • Reduces collisions
    • Smoothes traffic flow
    • Better roadway productivity (vehicle throughput)
    • Improves travel reliability
    • More travel options to reduce traffic demand and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • 3. Providing people with choices
    • WSDOT’s demand management strategies are focused on providing people with choices
    • We provide funding, technical support and coordination with our partners: local governments, employers, transit agencies, and others
    • Our programs include:
      • Commute Trip Reduction
      • Trip Reduction Performance Program
      • Vanpool Investment Program
      • New Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center program
      • Regional mobility grant program
      • Construction traffic management
      • Park and ride program development
  • 4. What drives travel choices
    • Many factors drive the travel choices that people make every day
    • Demand management is successful when it is targeted at appropriate segments of the travel market; one size does not fit all
    • Providing commute options is about the origin and destination, time of day, cost, and time and convenience
    • For example, commuters tend to choose vanpool for trips of 15 miles or more; the longer the distance, the more commuters are likely to choose vanpool
  • 5. Success with the vanpool program
    • Created by the Legislature in 2003 to support expansion of vanpooling statewide
      • A 10-year, $30 million capital program
      • Goal is to double vanpooling to about 3,200 operating vans by 2013
    • To date, Legislature has invested $21.5 million in vanpool capital
      • $4 million 2003-2005
      • $8.9 million 2005-2007 (additional $3.9 million)
      • $8.6 million 2007-2009 (additional $2.6 million)
  • 6.  
  • 7. Success with the vanpool program
    • Currently about 2,600 operating vehicles statewide, a 65 percent increase from 2003
      • 2,400 vanpools + 172 VanShares (vans limited to connections between a transit center/rail station and a home or worksite)
      • Those vehicles carry approximately 21,600 riders daily, a 72 percent increase from 2003
        • The central Puget Sound contributes around 2,050 vehicles and approximately 17,300 daily riders
  • 8. What we’ve learned about the vanpool program
    • What we’ve learned so far:
      • Vanpools can effectively serve the long-distance, cross-jurisdiction commute
      • Gas price spikes bring strong interest in ridesharing, particularly vanpooling
      • Vanpools can only grow at a certain rate
        • Statewide vanpool growth has averaged about 10% annually since 2003
        • Van procurement, while quicker than buses (6 months vs. 2 years), is still not immediate
        • There must be maintenance space and a replacement plan for new vehicles prior to expansion
  • 9. The future of vanpooling
    • Vanpool program is looking forward to 2020
      • New goals focused on ridership growth and reducing VMT
      • New technologies such as dynamic ridematching and telematics can help support growth in ridesharing
      • Technology would allow focus on more than just the commute by allowing individuals to dynamically match up with a vehicle going where they want to go, at the time they want to go there
    • Vanpooling goals being integrated as a key strategy with other demand management program goals
      • CTR and GTEC goals call for growth in vanpooling
      • Mitigating for the impacts of construction
  • 10.  
  • 11. Questions or comments?
    • Chris Simmons
    • Rideshare Program Manager
    • [email_address] , (360) 705-7917