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Cool Commutes


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Cool Commutes

  1. 1. Cool Commutes Workshop The Glue: Innovative Programs That Help Make Alternative Commuting Work By Jeffrey L. Spencer Associate Transportation Planner
  2. 2. G L U E iving ife to the rban xcursion
  3. 3. <ul><li>Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>For the last 50 years, transportation was designed for motor vehicles. </li></ul><ul><li>During the 1990s, the federal government put $156 billion into highways, but only $45 billion on transit, bicycling, and walking facilities combined. </li></ul><ul><li>49% of all non-commercial trips are under three miles in length. The resulting environment discourages bicycling and walking. </li></ul><ul><li>47% of drivers said transit could not take them where they needed to go. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Increasing traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas, requires that we closely examine innovative transportation alternatives.
  5. 5. <ul><li>VMT in California to grow to from 295 billion miles in 2000 to almost 420 billion by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated technologies may be a key element enabling transit to compete with the auto in suburban corridors </li></ul><ul><li>A major challenge is facilitating seamless multi-modal connections —both informational & physical </li></ul>The Future… ( California Energy Commission, March 2002)
  6. 6. Traffic Headache?
  7. 7. What is the magnitude of land use, mobility, energy & emission benefits?
  8. 8. Clues to user needs for connectivity
  9. 10. Rumble strip Barriers to Alternative Travel Drains Utilities Auto related
  10. 11. Ideas! Innovation
  11. 12. The Project Integration of multi-modal transportation services at the Pleasant Hill BART station & future TOD This plan calls for replacing the 18-acres of surface parking with a walkable &quot;Urban Village&quot; replete with a town square and community green.
  12. 13. <ul><li>Potential </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on market conditions and public approvals, the development will contain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>up to 456,000 square feet of office space, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>up to 446 apartments and townhouses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>about 42,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurants </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Low Speed Modes <ul><li>Low-speed modes include shared-use bikes, electric bikes & Segway HTs at Pleasant Hill BART & nearby businesses </li></ul>
  14. 15. Works like a parking meter. Pay only when you use it.
  15. 16. Vehicles are equipped with smart technologies including tracking, communication, and reservation systems to facilitate access and logistics. Transit-based Carsharing Commuter-based carsharing employs Intelligent Transportation System technology is used throughout the system for monitoring vehicles and for user convenience.
  16. 17. Smart Parking <ul><li>Use of advanced technologies to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage parking space availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase effective parking capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage transit use </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Mobility Options Protocol Trip planners currently only include fixed-route, fixed-schedule carriers. The proposed protocol will allow trip planning tools to go beyond fixed-route, fixed-schedule carriers and incorporate real-time status, last-mile providers, and reservations for vehicles, rides, and parking.
  18. 19. Traffic/Transit Information
  19. 20. Connectivity (Physical)
  20. 21. Connectivity (Virtual) Provides real-time video, graphics, high-definition conferencing and streaming solutions over Wi-Fi IP Caltrain is the first rail line in the country to successfully complete a wireless broadband access technology (WiMAX)
  21. 22. Beyond Innovation – Interaction Connectivity (Social)
  22. 23. Questions?