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David Lieb Associate Director, Transportation Programs. SOVs are So Over!. Collaborations for Community-Wide Ridesharing Options. Marian Brown Special Assistant to the Provost. 2,000 square miles 36,420 households * Population: 100,583 ** 4.2\% increase from 2000

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2,000 square miles

36,420 households *

Population: 100,583 **

4.2% increase from 2000

Students: ~27,000

47.5% with Bachelors degree or higher *

10.5% Foreign-born *

* 2000 Census data

** 2010 Census data

ithaca tompkins county transportation council

Ithaca-Tompkins CountyTransportation Council

  • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Tompkins County, charged with facilitating county-wide transportation planning. ITCTC:
  • works jointly and cooperatively with all transportation related agencies in Tompkins County, to promote comprehensive inter-modal transportation planning.
  • provides transportation-related information and analyses.
Total: 56,910

13,591 commuters into Tompkins County

Total: 47,934

4,075 commuters out of the county

cornell university

Cornell University

13,846 undergraduates

6,427 graduates

1,639 faculty

8,921 staff

30,833 total community

cornell university1

Cornell University

10,000 parking spaces

6,800 resident students

689 resident parking permits13,400 commuting students

802 commuter parking permits

cornell transportation demand management program1
Support for alternative transportation:
  • Faculty/Staff programs
  • Paid faculty/staff parking $300 - $700/year; no-fee option on periphery of campus
  • OmniRide: 100% underwrite of faculty/staff in-county transit use; subsidized out-of-county transit
  • RideShare: discount, no-fee, or rebate for parking permits
  • VanPool: No-fee, reserved parking; university subsidized
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • One-day parking permits
  • Carshare memberships

Cornell Transportation Demand Management Program

cornell transportation demand management program2
Support for alternative transportation:
  • Student programs
  • Paid parking $700/year; all class years, resident, and commuter
  • OmniRide: Free first year, “free nights and weekends” all students; heavily subsidized pass for full privileges for continuing students
  • VanPool: No-fee, reserved parking; university subsidized (graduate students only)
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Carshare memberships for any student

Cornell Transportation Demand Management Program

tompkins consolidated area transit

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit

Formed in 1996

Initially jointly funded by:

Tompkins County City of Ithaca

Cornell University

34 routes

3.58 million rides/year

APTA’s 2011 Outstanding Public Transportation System in North America

(under 4M miles)

ithaca college

Ithaca College

6,442 undergraduates

507 graduates

724 faculty

973 staff

8,646 campus community

4,272 resident students


Green - First-year student permits 200 Red - Returning student permits 2,836 Blue - Faculty/staff permits 1,135

Restricted (disabled, service) 75

Total parking spaces 4,246

174 First year students

2,723 Returning students

1,580 Staff/faculty

4,477 Total registrations

Support for alternative transportation:
  • 100% underwrite of faculty/staff transit use free faculty/staff parking
  • 30-33% underwrite of student pass purchase
  • Student parking permit fees: ($500 for first years; $120 for continuing students)
  • Integration of ID cards as bus passes
  • Bike racks
  • Support for vanpool and carshare
Intentional community

160 residents

60 residential units

2 Neighborhoods2 Common HousesFocus on sustainable living

Informal carsharing program

curb your car coalition

Curb Your Car Coalition

Support for cycling, pedestrian access, transit

new york energy research and development authority

New York Energy Research and Development Authority

  • public benefit corporation
  • programs primarily funded by state rate payers through the System Benefits Charge
  • funds development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State’s energy, economic, and environmental wellbeing
  • flow-through of funds for ARRA, DOE, and DOT programs
  • Energy efficiency projects
  • Alternative transportation
Ithaca Carshare

Mini-grant: carshare feasibility study

Carshare steering committee


Ithaca Carshare Board of Directors

Application to NYSERDA/NYSDOT for pilot project

Members: 1,000+


10 Nissan Versa sedans

2 Honda Fit sedans

1 Scion XB sedan

1 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck

1 Nissan Quest minivan


City of Ithaca

Cornell University

Ithaca College

EcoVillage at Ithaca

Fleet photo

2,874 full-time students

825 part-time students

431 faculty/staff

3,130 total campus

800 resident students

584 Cortland County

1,169 Tompkins County

1,354 Other NY counties

50 Out of state

cornell cooperative extension of tompkins county

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

  • Way2Go helps people consider the many different ways to get around, overcome transportation barriers, and make transportation choices that:
      • Save money
      • Support health and well-being
      • Lessen pollution and climate change
      • Promote a strong, equitable community
tompkins county department of social services

Tompkins County Department of Social Services

Food Stamps Medicaid Employment Services

Daycare Family Services Adult Services

Working Families Transportation Assistance

Estimated 7,000 clients in Tompkins County need transportation for jobs, medical appointments, shopping, youth programs, wellness, senior activities, access to food pantries, etc.

Community Rideshare Steering Committee

Zimride Tompkins

Community Rideshare Program

Joint application to NYSERDA for funding for 3-year pilot of community-wide rideshare program

Application funded – program started Winter 2010

Ride matching for:
  • commuters into Tompkins County
  • commuters OUT of county
  • student rides home for weekends or holiday breaks
  • student recreation and shopping in evening or on weekends
  • student commutes to internships or off-campus work
  • underserved populations needing rides for shopping or to go to medical and
  • human service agency appointments
  • coordinating travel to conferences in/around Ithaca
  • K-12 enrichment activity “school-pools”

Community Rideshare Program

climate action plan
100% neutrality by 2050

Climate Action Plan

  • Commuting goals:
    • Reduce single-occupant vehicle use by minimum of 25% in 15 years (goal: up to 50%)
    • Flexible work schedules

Commuting / air travel

climate action plan1
100% neutrality by 2050

Climate Action Plan

Commuting goals:

Establish TDM goals and coordination

Establish transit plan

Support vanpool

Establish guaranteed ride home

Establish bike/pedestrian standards

Establish flex-work / tele-work program

Enhance transit support to campus

Commuting / air travel

climate action plan2
Goal still to be established

Climate Action Plan

Commuting goals:

100% reduction in Air Travel Emissions by 2012relative to baseline emissions in 201050% reduction in Commuting Emissions by 2026 relative to baseline emissions in 2010

thank you
David LiebAssociate Director, Transportation Programs

Phone: 607-255-4628

Email: [email protected]

Thank you!

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 607-274-3787

Marian BrownSpecial Assistant to the Provost