Advocating for a Personal Rapid Transit System in Ithaca, NY
Student Outreach Team Carlos Rymer Gregory Falco
<ul><li>“ The goal of the Outreach Team of the EcoCity Action Group is to engage different sectors of the community to create an evolving EcoCity vision . Successful green cities got people excited about the quality of life they can create together through a variety of participatory processes. The Outreach Team will research the feasibility of various options, develop the content of a mixed media, interactive educational outreach tool located in different city centers, identify stakeholders , conduct interviews on people’s responses to the presentation, and use that feedback to refine the vision and outreach methods.” </li></ul>Initial Purpose
<ul><li>Standing Computer Screen (at Library, Greenstar, Center Ithaca, etc.) with information about Ithaca’s Footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements at Group Meetings (Schools, Churches, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging stakeholders in automated rapid transit proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Community Awareness-Raising Events </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul>First Ideas
<ul><li>The City of Ithaca has the highest percentage of walk-to-work trips in New York—over 40% of trips! Only 36% of work trips are via private motor vehicle. </li></ul><ul><li>In comparison, 22% of residents walk to work in Manhattan, 8.4% in Saratoga Springs, 10.8% in Albany, 5.3% in Buffalo, 5.8% in Binghamton, 6.2% NYS average. </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycling accounted for 1.8% of work trips in the City of Ithaca according to the 2000 Census— four times the national average of 0.44% (the NYS average is 0.39%; 58% of Tompkins County). </li></ul>Ithaca Already Leading!
In 2004, approximately 7.9 million kWh of electricity; 294,000 therms of natural gas; and 199,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. The energy consumed in 2004 cost the City of Ithaca $860,000 and produced 7300 tons of eCO 2 . The City of Ithaca set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 2001 levels by 2016. <ul><li>Methane recovery from waste treatment plant. </li></ul><ul><li>Urban forestry. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency and conservation in buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>81% of City Hall is powered by wind. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced inefficient vehicle in fleet and reduced miles driven. </li></ul><ul><li>Streetlight upgrades. </li></ul>
Burlington, VT Population: 37,884 Energy Efficiency Costs: $14.8 million (Not including $14.9million in private funds) Energy Savings: $7.2 million (2006) Walk to work: 5.6% of residents (Not including 4.6% work from home and 12.3% carpool) Ithaca, NY Population: 30,566 Energy Efficiency Costs: $5.5 million Energy Savings: $571,000 (2006) Walk to work: 16% of residents (Includes students) #1 Green City #2 Green City
<ul><li>Goal 1: To engage the Cornell community in learning, discussing, and eventually approving the vision of Connect Ithaca, which includes collaborative planning for an Ithaca-wide personal rapid transit (PRT) system. Goal 2: To outreach to the downtown Ithaca community about Connect Ithaca and work with any other parties in promoting PRT in Ithaca. </li></ul>Goals
Designing A Strategy <ul><li>Online Presence </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Capability </li></ul><ul><li>News Access </li></ul><ul><li>Media Hits </li></ul><ul><li>Public Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining Supporters </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings with Stakeholders </li></ul>
First Focus: Automated Rapid Transit <ul><li>Automated podcars that can move at 30-40 mph and carry passengers to destinations of density. </li></ul><ul><li>System can be built without displacing current automobile capacity or obstructing views. </li></ul><ul><li>Preserves limited street space for other mobility modes and opens up previous parking space to recreation, housing, or business. </li></ul><ul><li>Guides development in a more transit-oriented way, increasing the efficiency of the local productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Can cost less than all other alternatives and runs on electricity (from any source). </li></ul>
Link all the city’s density areas Connect the dots… develop the dots.