GWRideConnect Program FundingTransportation Demand Management Grant Department of Rail & Public Transportation FY 2011: $355,803 plus 20% local match of $88,951 Total: $444,754CMAQ funding : $125,000Total program funding : $569,754
GWRideConnect Program ScopeTDM Agency operated by the GWRC Commission that serves the residents of Planning District 16.GWRideConnect promotes ridesharing and TDM techniques to assist citizens seeking transportation options to workplaces and other destinations.Program Goal: to promote, plan and establish transportation alternatives to the single occupant vehicle, improving air quality, reducing congestion & improving quality of life.
GWRideConnect Program ServicesFree Matching Program – assists thousands of residents matching them to existing transit and transportation providersTransportation Options – provide and promote transportation options and solutions to residentsGWRideConnect Website – Provides information on all types of transportation alternatives with links to Bus Companies, VRE and Metro
GWRideConnect Program Services Vanpool Program - Facilitates the formation of new vanpools and maintains the existing fleet of 392 vanpools Van Start – Start up financial assistance for qualifying new vanpools in the region funded through CMAQ. Van Save – Provides financial assistance for vanpools in danger of ceasing operation. Funded through the GWRideConnect program, 17 vans have been saved this year totaling $9,648 (12 to NOVA, 5 to NSWC)
GWRideConnect Program ServicesAVANtage Self-Insurance Pool Program – operated by GWRideConnect and the Division of Risk Management for all vanpools in the State. Vanpool operators self-insure themselves with premiums paid into the pool. This program saves vanpool operators thousands of dollars per year and provides up to $14-million more liability protection than previous insurance programs. Currently 180 vanpools are participating in the program, most from GWRC.
GWRideConnect Program ServicesNational Transit Database Vanpool Incentive Program – a multi-regional program investigating the feasibility of vanpool reporting transit data to the NTD. Reporting vanpool ridership data would generate additional 5307 funds for vanpool incentive programs and for the region Program increases the number of vanpools in the region and reduces the number of cars Each reporting van has the earning potential of $10,930 per year
GWRideConnect Program Services Carpool Program – Facilitate the formation of formal carpools, provide assistance and facilitate the continuation of instant carpooling. Commuter Buses / Local Transit – Assist and promote commuter buses in the region and continue to support and promote FRED Transit VRE / METRO – Assist and promote the VRE and the Metro system. Help educate residents on how to utilize these systems and use as a resource instead of driving alone.
GWRideConnect Program Services Commuter Parking Lots – promote and monitor existing commuter lots and help plan for new commuter lots in the region. GWRideBoard – located on the GwRideConnect Website, the GWRideBoard is a place to post rides that are needed locally and is also a place to look for a rider going your way. Telework – Information on Telework, Telework!Va and will soon have information on the new Telework tax credits for businesses anywhere in Virginia
GWRideConnect Program ServicesEmployer Outreach – Work with employers in region to help establish TDM techniques at their worksites and assist with established programs NSWC – largest employer program in region with 49 vanpools removing over 400 vehicles daily. GEICO, Germanna Community College, Regional HospitalsRealtor Outreach – Work with realtors in each locality to educate them about the program and provide them with Rideshare packets for new residents
GWRideConnect Program AdvertisingAdvertising Techniques to promote GWRideConnect Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer campaigns that use print media and radio advertising in every locality Print media used throughout year Highway signs GWRideConnect Website – Comprehensive informational source for transportation options in the region, averaging 1,500 hits per month
GWRideConnect Program Data FY 10 New applicants 2,342 Applicants assisted 1,167 New vanpools formed 36 Vanpools Assisted 1,295 Applicant surveys 3,196 Vanpool surveys 326 Commuter/FRED Bus dist 1,737 VRE information dist. 1,356More than 10,000 people received assistance in FY 2010
GWRideConnect Current Data392 Existing Vanpools: Transport 4,704 persons daily / 1,176,000 annually Reduce 7,769 work trips daily / 1,942,250 annually Reduce 466,124 vehicle miles traveled daily Reduce 116,531,000 vehicle miles traveled annually Saves 23,306 gallons of gasoline daily Saves 5,826,000 gallons of gasoline annually
GWRideConnect Current DataAll Services (Vanpools, Carpools and Buses): Transport 5,844 persons daily / 1,461,000 annually Reduce 9,789 work trips daily / 2,447,250 annually Reduce 587,324 vehicle miles traveled daily Reduce 146,831,000 vehicle miles traveled annually Saves 29,366 gallons of gasoline daily Saves 7,341,500 gallons of gasoline annually