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Beta transportation authority


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Supplementary visuals to CarFree Maine presentation given (briefly) at the Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation meeting at Peloton Labs, Portland Maine October 25 2011.

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Beta transportation authority

  1. 1. The Beta Transit Authority Open Data, Civic Media and Grassroots MobilityTuesday, October 25, 11
  2. 2. CarFree Maine overview Focus is on Multimodal Utilizes Civic Media to build Connections rather than single public engagement mode Seeks to improve connections “Bottom up” approach within existing infrastructure Short Term Projects• Public Transit “Marketing”• Transportation Equity• Infrastructure+Memory Long Term Projects• Interorganizational Collaboration • Multimodal Travel Planner • Open Data InitiativeTuesday, October 25, 11
  3. 3. Infrastructure+Memory Public Transit Marketing- • Video Oral Histories W/ individuals w/ extraordinary experience and influence on the •Web Video PSAs, current state of Maine Infrastructure (i.e •Campaign for Best Practices of Information Wayne Davis, Joe Gray...) Design •Parodies of car commericials • Web Episodes Illustrating the Past, Present and Future of Transit in Brunswick, Portland and •Regional profiles Biddeford (1 episode each) •Mapping and InfoGraphics •Social Networks GTFS-OSM Interface Transportation Equity- • Utilize active Facebook,Ushahidi, EveryTrail,Foursquare, Twitter, Google Tracks etc... to build solid core of OpenStreetMap inputs • Active Partnership with African Diaspora Institute • Collect and disseminate data through gtfs-osm-sync/ • Strong Connections with Veterans Advocates opentripplanner software • Video Oral History with various Mainers about mobility, • Develop User-oriented trip planning interface web/ access and lack of auto alternatives native HTML5 Hybrid app based online with iOS, • Open Twitter account/Ushahidi Deployment for open Android, SMS, webapp, RIM, MS extensions comments RE:Portland Metro Bus improvements • Work with ADI to devise best practices for multi-lingual information design Interorganizational Collaboration Open Data Initiative • Collaborate with Bicycle Coalition of ME, ET Coalition, town of Saco, Engine Inc, UNE, NNEPRA, • Work with GPCOG, PACTS, TriCities Riders Assoc, GOMAINE, MDOT, MCOG, Coastal Trans, RTP, METRO, TRNE, ECG to ensure ability to bring bicycles on NNEPRA and Concord Trailways to adopt GTFS data board in Saco standard regionally using GTFS Builder Software • Bowdoin College, CEI, USM, SMCC, UMaine, UNE, SNHU to incorporate “digital volunteering” i.e • Implement local deployment of “Transit Appliance” or similar devices at partnering coffeeshops, libraries, graphic design, web design, software community centers, churches etc... development, coding, front and back end architecture... • Implement deployment of Ushahidi to determine best locations for TA displays • Forge partnerships with groups based in Boston, NYC and other national organizations. MIT Civic Media, Open Plans, Code For America, Transportation for America, PPS, STARlab, TransportationCamp 2012Tuesday, October 25, 11
  4. 4. Civic Media Civic Life Participatory Media Civic Media — Ethan Zuckerman Director, MIT Center for Civic Media The “civic hacker ethic”, if you will, is about making sh[...], and it represents a pretty new way of getting civically engaged — less about arguing policy or politics and more about building something helpful.- Nick Grossman , Open Plans/Civic Commons, October 25, 11
  5. 5. ■ Rising gas prices have cut nearly one-third of the potential growth in real disposable income, which could have gone to creating more economic activity within the economy, including the travel and tourism industry -AAA 5 Memorial Day 2011 Travel Forecast, IHS Global Insight May 19, 2011 Average Family Transportation Spending Budget in New England Memorial Day Weekend 2011 ■ Many Maine residents work a second job solely to pay for transportation Accomodations to their first job! 15% ■ Most new job growth in Auto Transportation Maine has been in the Food and Beverages 39% Tourism/Service Sector 20% Entertainment ■ Even these low-wage jobs 9% Shopping Other have been threatened by 3% oil dependency 15% ■ AAA Memorial Day 2011 Travel Forecast, IHS Global Insight May 19, 2011Tuesday, October 25, 11
  6. 6. Monthly Transportation Costs Per Household $1,000.00 ?!!! $750.00 $500.00 Transportation Costs as $250.00 Percentage of Yearly Income Waldoboro, Maine Brunswick, Maine 50% $0 Portland Maine Boston Mass 40% Transportation Costs are making rural life impossible for recent 30% graduates and young, working-age adults. 6 20% 2000 Portland ME Region 2008 Data/Calculations from H and T Affordability Index, Center for Neighborhood Technology. www.htaindex.orgTuesday, October 25, 11
  7. 7. graphic: Code for America The Opportunity for Civic Startups Web 2.0 Expo 2011 - Nick Grossman | @nickgrossmanTuesday, October 25, 11
  8. 8. graphic: Code for America The Opportunity for Civic Startups Web 2.0 Expo 2011 - Nick Grossman | @nickgrossmanTuesday, October 25, 11
  9. 9. graphic: Code for America The Opportunity for Civic Startups Web 2.0 Expo 2011 - Nick Grossman | @nickgrossmanTuesday, October 25, 11
  10. 10. graphic: Code for America The Opportunity for Civic Startups Web 2.0 Expo 2011 - Nick Grossman | @nickgrossmanTuesday, October 25, 11
  11. 11. Emerging generations are moving into downtowns, driving less, walking more, living in smaller homes[...], preferring local businesses, [...] prioritizing health, going green and valuing community and social networking like never before.-Neil Takemoto Farmers Market CafeTuesday, October 25, 11
  12. 12. The thought of living in a place which would require me to own a car ever again gives me chills.  Imagine being beholden to a 2,000 pound piece of metal which sucks 15% of your income every month, makes you pudgy, and does bad things to the environment.- CarFree Baltimore 12 Ages 55+ 86% Under 35 Ages 35-44 73% 74% Traveled to Maine in Personal Car 2010 The share of automobile miles driven by ➡ Millennials are choosing to drive less people aged 21 to 30 in the U.S. fell to for environmental reasons. 13.7% in 2009 from 18.3% in 2001 and 20.8% in 1995 ➡ This group would drive even less if they The proportion of people aged 21-30 actually could find good alternative sources of increased from 13.3% to 13.9% Sources KRC transportation. Research 10/2010, 20-somethings went from driving a Department of disproportionate amount of the nations ➡ Car ownership is prohibitively highway miles in 1995 to under-indexing Transportation Federal Highway expensive for many in this age group. for driving in 2009. Administrations National Household October 2010 Study by KRC Research- Travel Survey Census dataTuesday, October 25, 11
  13. 13. “Young people arent simply swapping cars for buses or bikes; they are choosing to own and use other technology instead, such as smartphones and tablet computers.” 13 "Previous generations found “Carmakers next problem: freedom and flexibility through the Generation Y car.  But Generation Ys find their People in their teens and twenties are more interested in gadgets than cars” freedom and flexibility by staying connected to their friends, family and workplaces through the various information devices - like their laptops, or iphones. "They can stay connected on a bus “Is Digital Revolution or a train. They can bring the office Driving Decline in U.S. with them. They can bring their study with them. They can bring Car Culture?” their friends with them. They cant if theyre driving." -- Peter Newman, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, quoted in the West Australian, Article:, October 25, 11
  14. 14. Can New Media Effect Transportation Preference? According to a study called “Tech for Transit: Designing a Future System” Web and mobile information tools can confer a wide range of benefits, typically reserved for car ownership, on alternative transit options like public transit, walking, biking, and car-sharing. They achieve this by offering a similar sense of choice, convenience and personalization, and by providing new opportunities for people to reach their personal goals—whether those relate to being more social, being better to the environment, discovering local hang-outs and events, and so on. transit-study-results-part-twoTuesday, October 25, 11
  15. 15. The Vision A Multimodal Public Transit Network Designed, Utilized and Operated By... The Public U Car Casco Share GoMaine Bay Lines Shoreline Vanpool Explorer Bike Zoom Share Turnpike Express Brunswick Explorer Amtrak Portland Downeaster East Coast Metro Bus Greenway Trail Maine Eastern Railroad Maine State Ferry Vacationers ResidentsTuesday, October 25, 11
  16. 16. Brunswick Transportation Rail Bus Tickets CarShare Bike Trails Closest Schedules Maps Integrated Data Networks Leading To-Tuesday, October 25, 11
  17. 17. An Integrated Mass Transit NetworkTuesday, October 25, 11
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  19. 19. Proposed Coastal Corridor for Car-Free Tourism Ferry Rockland Connection Maine Eastern RR Bass Harbor/ Downeaster W/ Brunswick Acadia NP Brunswick Extension Bath Saco/ Freeport Biddeford Portland WellsTuesday, October 25, 11
  20. 20. Brunswick/ Bath/Topsham Brunswick/ Bath/ Topsham Portland/So. Portland/So. Portland/ Portland/ Westbrook/ Westbrook/Casco Bay Islands Casco Bay Islands Biddeford/ Saco/Old Orchard Biddeford/Saco/ Old OrchardTuesday, October 25, 11
  21. 21. An inventory of relevent open transit data can have far-reaching effects in a rural area. Open Transit Data has been released with great success in places like Portland Oregon, and Boston where over 1/3 of MBTA riders use some form of mobile app to plan their trips or locate their bus or train. Mass transit has been difficult to implement in Maine because of the low population density. However, with sufficient network adoption, a “Smart Transit” system can effectively its modal response much like the “Smart Grid” uses data to determine power generation. Open Transit Data Schedule a Trip Check Your Neighborhood Find A Ride Open Data Can Change The GameTuesday, October 25, 11
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  23. 23. Regional planning organizations have been working on an “Intelligent Transportation System” (ITS) in the State of Maine since 2001. This initiative was at the cutting edge of innovation at the time but technology has advanced to the point where similar information displays can be provided for less than $150 each today.Tuesday, October 25, 11
  24. 24. Intelligent Transportations Systems circa 2001Tuesday, October 25, 11
  25. 25. The Availability of Open Source Transit Data Has Resulted in Hundreds of Innovative Applications Transit Appliance:Open Source Code +Consumer Grade Screen Display -$60Tuesday, October 25, 11
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  27. 27. This recent study recommends a combination of the GTFS format for transit data and crowdsourced data in the form of OpenStreetMap for pedestrian and neighborhood data .Tuesday, October 25, 11
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  34. 34. Transit Hub Portland Maine Transit Hub Detroit Michigan Transit Design, Wayfinding and BrandingTuesday, October 25, 11
  35. 35. “Metro Pulse” InteriorTuesday, October 25, 11
  36. 36. Portland Maine Metro Population 514,098 Ogden Utah Metro Population 547,184 Apples and Oranges? Portland, Maine is much smaller than most other cities so it isn’t fair to compare them....Tuesday, October 25, 11
  37. 37. Ogden Utah Metro Pop. Salem, Oregon Metro Pop 547,184 396,103, Lansing Mich Metro Pop 464,036 Eugene Oregon Metro Charlottesville VA, Pop 351,715 Metro Champaign-Urbana Ill. Pop 201,559 Metro Pop 231,891Tuesday, October 25, 11
  38. 38. Signage, UsabilityTuesday, October 25, 11
  39. 39. Bus Shelter at Portland Transit Stop at Portland Shelter at Monument Square Transportation Center Jetport Transfer HubChattanooga Tenn. w Arrival Tempe Arizona, Solar Albany NY Express Bus Stop Time Display Heated, Green WallsTuesday, October 25, 11
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  41. 41. Next Steps- • Initiate an active“Open Data” initiative • Work with NNEPRA, Town of Saco to train volunteers for bicycle handling at Saco • Convene a board of “Civic Hackers” whose purpose is to set up a “virtual town hall” in accordance with the best practices of the “Civic Commons” using Civic Participation tools such as or Online committees should always include a face to face element, whether it is an official board meeting or an informal meetup, conditions for participation online must involve partipation in real life. • Community Design Collaborative- A group of volunteer artists and designers tasked with redesigning wayfinding and signage. • Important to stress that Committees are voluntary. “Value Added” services by hired consultants services can be useful but can have the effect of inflating costs to the point that implementation will never be possible.Tuesday, October 25, 11
  42. 42. Existing Civic Participation OrganizationsTuesday, October 25, 11
  43. 43. For Supplemental Materials from this presentation and others like it scan the QR Code or just go to @carfreemaine 207 370 5481 CarFree MaineTuesday, October 25, 11