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Commuter Connections FY 2006 Work Program. National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board May 18, 2005. History of Commuter Connections. Began as Commuter Club in 1974, offering computerized carpool/vanpool matching.

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commuter connections fy 2006 work program

Commuter Connections FY 2006 Work Program

National Capital Region

Transportation Planning Board

May 18, 2005

history of commuter connections
History of Commuter Connections
  • Began as Commuter Club in 1974, offering computerized carpool/vanpool matching.
  • By mid 1980’s local rideshare agencies joined the Commuter Club and changed its name to Ridefinders Network.
  • In mid 1990’s Ridefinders changed it’s name to Commuter Connections to incorporate TERMS adopted by TPB to meet regional air quality conformity.
benefits of commuter connections
Benefits of Commuter Connections
  • Jurisdictions
    • Reduction in traffic congestion due to commuters, easing goods movement and tourist travel
    • Reduction in emissions
    • Support of local efforts to attract and retain employers
  • Employers
    • Recruitment/Retention
  • Workers
    • More commute options
    • Reduced stress/costs/time
    • Improved quality of life
total daily impacts of commuter connections programs
Total Daily Impacts of Commuter Connections Programs

MeasureReductions

  • Vehicle Trips 111,413
  • Vehicle Miles of Travel 1,959,263
  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) 2.3 Tons
  • Volatile Organic 1.22 Tons

Compounds (VOC)

cost effectiveness of commuter connections
Cost Effectiveness of Commuter Connections
  • Cost per Vehicle Trip $0.15

Reduced

  • Cost per Vehicle Mile of $0.01

Travel Reduced

  • Cost per ton of NOx $ 6,000

Reduced

  • Cost per ton of VOC $12,000

Reduced

why restructure
Why Restructure?
  • Funding shares need to be revisited
  • States need flexibility in implementing certain program components based on policy
  • COG/TPB staff needs to streamline administration of the program
restructuring proposal
Restructuring Proposal
  • Work Program will be similar to UPWP
    • Regional/Jurisdictional (e.g. Kiosks can be implemented by one state and not the others)
  • Program Areas redefined/streamlined
  • State TDM Work Group
  • Revised funding shares – Based on MSA population
  • New Programs
original program element descriptions use
Original Program Element Descriptions & Use
  • Employer Outreach – Provides assistance to employers of 100 or more employees to voluntarily implement work based TDM programs.

Participation Shares:DC MD VA

10% 69% 21%

Total Employers: 3,698

original program element descriptions use con t
Original Program Element Descriptions & Use (con’t)
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program – Provides alternative mode users with a free ride home in an unexpected emergency.

Participation Shares: DC MD VA OTH*

GRH Registrants by 3% 32% 63% 2%

Home Jurisdiction

GRH Registrants by 61% 10% 29% 0%

Work Jurisdiction

Total GRH Registrants: 31,773

* Other column includes DE,PA, and WV

original program element descriptions use con t1
Original Program Element Descriptions & Use (con’t)
  • Commuter Operations Center – Provides information (carpool/vanpool matching, transit, bicycle, park & ride and HOV lane information)

Participation Shares: DC MD VA OTH*

Program Registrants

by Home Jurisdiction 3% 48% 48% 1%

Program Registrants

by Work Jurisdiction 37% 36% 27% 0%

Total Program Registrants: 24,992

* Other column includes DE,PA, and WV

original program element descriptions use con t2
Original Program Element Descriptions & Use (con’t)
  • Employer Outreach for Bicycling – Provides assistance to employers to either start or expand a work based bicycling program and supports special events such as Bike To Work Day.

Participation Shares: DC MD VA OTH*

Percentage of Cyclists 20% 26% 53% <1%

Participating in 2004 Bike

to Work Day (BTWD)

by Home Jurisdiction

Total 2004 BTWD Participants: 4,466

* Other column includes DE,PA, and WV

proposed redefinition streamlining of original program areas
Proposed Redefinition/Streamlining of Original Program Areas
  • Marketing components from the Commuter Operations Center, GRH, Telework Resource Center and Bike to Work Day consolidated under Mass Marketing.
  • Funding shown accounts for 75% of proposed budget. Remaining 25% is still under review.
proposed redefinition streamlining of original program areas con t
Proposed Redefinition/Streamlining of Original Program Areas (con’t)
  • Employer Outreach for Bicycling incorporated into Employer Outreach program.
  • Software Upgrades from Integrated Ridesharing incorporated into Commuter Operations Center.
proposed redefinition streamlining of original program areas con t1
Proposed Redefinition/Streamlining of Original Program Areas (con’t)
  • Evaluation components from the Commuter Operations Center, GRH, Employer Outreach, Telework Resource Center, and Mass Marketing consolidated under Program Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Kiosks redefined as a stand-alone program.
proposed restructuring of commuter connections
Proposed Restructuring of Commuter Connections
  • Regional Program Areas
    • Commuter Operations Center
    • Guaranteed Ride Home
    • Mass Marketing
    • Program Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Regional and Jurisdictional Program Areas
    • Employer Outreach
  • Jurisdictional Program Areas
    • Telework
    • Regional InfoExpress Kiosks
conclusions and next steps
Conclusions and Next Steps
  • Commuter Connections Subcommittee reviewed draft Work Program at its May 17th meeting.
  • Tech Committee will receive draft Work Program for approval at its June 3rd meeting.
  • TPB will receive the final draft for approval at its June 15th meeting.
  • Restructured program begins July 1.
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