Advocating for a Personal Rapid Transit System in Ithaca, NYPresentation Transcript
Student Outreach Team Carlos Rymer Gregory Falco
“ 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.”
Standing Computer Screen (at Library, Greenstar, Center Ithaca, etc.) with information about Ithaca’s Footprint
Announcements at Group Meetings (Schools, Churches, etc.)
Engaging stakeholders in automated rapid transit proposal
Community Awareness-Raising Events
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.
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.
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).
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.
Methane recovery from waste treatment plant.
Energy efficiency and conservation in buildings.
81% of City Hall is powered by wind.
Replaced inefficient vehicle in fleet and reduced miles driven.
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
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.
Designing A Strategy
Meetings with Stakeholders
First Focus: Automated Rapid Transit
Automated podcars that can move at 30-40 mph and carry passengers to destinations of density.
System can be built without displacing current automobile capacity or obstructing views.
Preserves limited street space for other mobility modes and opens up previous parking space to recreation, housing, or business.
Guides development in a more transit-oriented way, increasing the efficiency of the local productivity.
Can cost less than all other alternatives and runs on electricity (from any source).
Link all the city’s density areas Connect the dots… develop the dots.