Strategies to Foster a Multimodal Transportation System


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An overview on multimodal drivers, state approaches to sustainability and livability, and multimodal challenges.

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Strategies to Foster a Multimodal Transportation System

  1. 1. State and Provincial Strategies to Foster Multimodal Transportation SystemsJanet Oakley, Director of Policy and Government Relations, AASHTO CSG Midwestern Legislative Conference Toronto, Canada August 9, 2010
  2. 2. Overview• Multimodal Drivers• State Approaches to Sustainability, Livability and Transportation Choice• Multimodal Challenges
  3. 3. Multimodal Drivers• Transportation Sustainability• Federal Programs• Energy and Climate Change
  4. 4. Transportation Sustainability: Triple Bottom Line Vital Economy Vibrant Sustainable Communities Environment
  5. 5. Federal Programs• TIGER I, II, III Discretionary Grants• HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants• TIGER II Planning Grants• HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities
  6. 6. Energy and Climate Change Overall GHG Reduction Strategies• Fuel efficiency and alternative fuels will account for 68% of emission reduction• Pricing 18%• Reductions in vehicle travel (VMT) 13%• (Highway traffic flow 1%)• (Ridesharing 1%)• (Transit & Compact Dev. 6% )
  7. 7. State Multimodal Approaches and Programs• Pennsylvania• Massachusetts• Colorado• State Smart Transportation Initiative
  8. 8. Pennsylvania Smart Transportation• Fiscal Constraints• Aging Infrastructure• Stable population• Transportation and Land Use Linkages
  9. 9. Massachusetts GreenDOT Initiative• Three primary goals:• Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions• Promote the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit• Support smart growth development
  10. 10. Colorado: Denver’s T-Rex• First design-build type contract in the country that combines major highway and transit elements.• Encompasses light rail, highway, bike and pedestrian facilities
  11. 11. State Smart Transportation Initiative• Deliver high impact technical assistance to states to replicate successful transformative Smart Transportation experiments• Support a community of practice• Increase the presence in national discussions on livability.• 13 States with USDOT/Rockefeller Foundation/Center for State Innovation (WI)
  12. 12. Multimodal Challenges• Trends• Modal Needs vs. Available Resources
  13. 13. Trends• VMT • Freight rail will require $175 2.4 trillion miles in 1993 billion - $195 billion over 20 years to maintain a proportionate share 3+ trillion miles in 2007 of freight growth After 2 year downward trend, • Mode Split for Passenger Trips 2009 resumed upward 82% cars; 2.4% transit; 1% bike; growth 11% walking• Population increase • Rural America is 60 million or 305 million in 2005 20 % of the population = 100 420+ million 2050 largest cities in America• Truck freight expected to increase by 100% by 2030
  14. 14. AASHTO Bottom Line Report• Highway Investment Requirements Passenger vehicle demand parallels population growth (1% per year) Truck freight demand parallels economic growth (2 to 3% per year) Growth in VMT will at least equal population growth• Current spending is $78 billion Growth Rate of VMT Per Year Cost to Improve Highways (2006 Dollars) 1.4 percent $166 billion 1.0 percent $132 billion
  15. 15. AASHTO Bottom Line Report• Transit Investment Requirements In 2006 Annual Passenger Miles reached 52.15 billion Between 1995 and 2007, ridership increased from 7.8 billion to 10.3 billion trips• Current spending is $13.3 billion Annual Growth in Ridership Cost to Improve System Performance and Condition (2006 Dollars) 2.4 percent $46 billion 3.5 percent $59 billion
  16. 16. Intercity Passenger Rail2007 Investment Needs $8 billion $23 billion ready-to-go $57 billion ARRA applications $95 billion over 20 years
  17. 17. Freight Rail: 2007 Cost to Maintain• To maintain current market share and handle its share of growth• $195 billion over 20 years or $12 billion annually• Up to $53 billion from the public sector
  18. 18. Bike Ped Projects• Total Number of Projects: 120• Number of States Represented: 22• Projected Cost: $355,342,416• Source: America Bikes
  19. 19. More Challenges!• Long List of Projects in the Pipeline• Staff resource cut backs• Constitutional/Legal Barriers• Lack of Data and Analytic Tools
  20. 20. QuestionsWhat are your visions and goals for asustainable, multimodal transportation system?What are your key challenges to developing,operating and maintaining a world class,multimodal transportation system? How are youovercoming these challenges?What are appropriate federal, state and local andprivate sector roles in delivering a multimodaltransportation system?