Realize the possibilities of improving transportation options for all Americans
The Partnership for Mobility Management is a joint effort of mobility management professionals and national organizations and that work with national, local, state and regional leaders and organizations to realize the possibilities of improving transportation options for all Americans wherever they live and to assist those especially in need of alternative transportation options.
Shared Use Mobility Summit
Best bits from I am a mobility manager
"Coming to work at the Department of Social Services shifted my perspective about addressing mobility problems. As a public transit planner and manager, I considered how to efficiently serve target markets (mainly commuters) balanced by the need for equity in providing service. People able to access a bus, at the locations and at times buses operate, were potential customers; otherwise they were not. Previously, I declined service requests from social service agencies as not cost-effective or infeasible for public transit. Other than fixed-route or paratransit service, I thought transit had few other tools in its toolkit. In 2003, I read TCRP Report 97: Emerging New Paradigms (PDF), by Robert G. Stanley, who made relevant arguments for reinventing public transit in the 21st Century. Stanley's report opened my eyes to greater possibilities for mobility management.
After moving to the Department of Social Services, I confronted the stark reality of people facing profound mobility barriers at an agency legally obligated to provide services. Working with a mobility program specialist, we inventoried all trips purchased by the agency and identified service gaps of non-mandated trips, which if resolved, opened up opportunities for clients to succeed. In 2010, we put coordinated planning on a monthly meeting schedule. Working with ITCTC, we developed a formal local project solicitation process for JARC and New Freedom projects. Through coordinated planning and mobility management we've built new relationships with partners interested in increasing cost-effective mobility choices not only for target populations, but for the general public as well.
Looking back to 2006, I realize how far I've come from my public transit days. Through the work of many people, we've created effective collaborations for coordinated planning and mobility management. As a consequence, our family of services includes a wide range of mobility modes and services, from active transportation to vanpools. This year we are updating the coordinated plan, reorganizing the rideshare program, completing a regional mobility plan, re-imagining our one call/one click service, and revising priorities for mobility management. We understand what we need to do. It's a good place to be."
This text appeared in the Mobility Management News of May 2013.
Join the Partnership and Participate
The Partnership is open for individual membership. Membership gives you a voice in the direction of the Partnership and provides a forum for exchange with mobility managers from around the country.
Director, Partnership for Mobility Management
National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination