December 20, 2010
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Moving Forward on Multiple Mobility Management Issues
In 2008, APTA embraced the concept of “mobility management” in its TransitVision 2050 document, noting that, if the industry is to meet critical national and local goals more effectively and better serve the needs of individual travelers, it must evolve to take in this new concept and role.
The idea behind APTA’s mobility management approach is to use the existing full range of mobility services—otherwise known as a “family of services” within a community—assisted by actions that more broadly support sustainability and livability initiatives and goals. Along with the implementation of mobility management strategies comes certification of mobility managers and, in turn, a new community within transit systems that seeks resources and support for their transit model.
Upon recognizing this, APTA formed the Mobility Management Committee and created a web-based Technical Assistance Center for Mobility Managers and others who are interested in learning more about this process. The mission of the committee is “to help APTA members move into a broader transportation service role, coordinate a full range of mobility options, and better meet the mobility needs of their communities.”
The committee, chaired by Ron Barnes, a consultant with Steer Davies Gleave North America, and Angela Iannuzziello, vice president, transit and transportation planning, for GENIVAR, held its first meeting Oct. 5, 2010. It is open to all interested APTA members.
“The committee will assist APTA members by leading the development of this approach providing valuable forums of exchange of best practices and a network for mobility managers designed to encourage community collaboration and coordination,” Barnes explained.
The Technical Assistance Center offers general information about mobility management; provides specific details about mobility management and current events; provides connections to other sources and people; supports the Mobility Management Committee; offers specific assistance for APTA committee members; and creates a record of progress. Its web site is now operational and, when fully developed, the site will present resources including:
* A definition of mobility management and why it is important;
* The economic benefits of mobility management;
* APTA’s Mobility Management brochure and other literature;
* Expectations of the knowledge required of mobility managers and the roles they can fulfill;
* Mobility management peers, including members of APTA’s Mobility Management Committee;
* A calendar of upcoming events featuring mobility management issues and ideas;
* Links to other sources and sites;
* Frequently asked questions;
* Directions on how to ask for advice and assistance on mobility management issues; and
* Hot topics, including an open forum to address immediate issues and concerns.
The link to APTA’s Mobility Management Technical Assistance Center can be found under “Hot Topics” on the main page of APTA’s web site. To access APTA’s Mobility Management web site directly, click here.