Finding Friends for Transit- Charleston, SC 2017
The funding we seek from the Transit Center will be used to build a core of 350 – 500 engaged transit riders – extending our existing cadre of 150 supporters – who can provide a supported leadership layer of transit advocates ready to exert the influence needed to assure that the $600 million in funding obtained in our election victory is used to build a better transit system. This new organized core will connect to thousands of other people and community groups with rapid, useful and motivating information on improving transit and resolving current system problems.
Bus Riders United- Sunday Service Campaign
The goal of Bus Riders United (BRU) is to address transit inequality by organizing bus riders and the community and improve local bus service in Southeastern Massachusetts. We have built a strong community-labor coalition, and most importantly have organized bus riders to successfully restore service in the RTA region that serves two cities, New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts and 8 towns with a total population of 308,614. BRU was instrumental is restoring and then extending night service., bringing back Monday Holiday service, fare restructuring and greater transparency to SRTA through bus rider representation. However, we still do not have Sunday bus service and we have heard loud and clear from bus riders that life doesn’t stop on Sundays.
Report on Transit Supportive Land Uses for MTS
Our proposal is to research, write, and publish a report outlining how San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) should adopt a policy to allow transit-supportive development on its substantial land holdings.
Reducing Barriers to TOD
Granted $10,000 to support our policy and advocacy staff to conduct the necessary research for a detailed research paper outlining a variety of tools that the City of San Diego can adopt to reduce barriers to TOD and conduct a series of outreach activities once the report is released., write the report, promote and advance its recommendations, and conduct outreach activities that will occur after the report’s publication.
Three day convening
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) granted a TransitCenter Dispatch Grant of $10,000 to support the two-day convening of three civic organizations with a combined 300 years of experience—San Francisco’s SPUR, New York’s Regional Plan Association (RPA), and Chicagoland’s MPC. Represented by each organization’s leader— Gabriel Metcalf (SPUR), Tom Wright (RPA) and MarySue Barrett (MPC) — plus three senior staff each, these peer organizations will exchange ideas and best practices for promoting sustainable, equitable growth in their respective regions.
From plan to action: Implementing a vision for active transportation in downtown Seattle
Transit and active transportation modes function best when they work together. First/last mile solutions, such as safe and intuitive bike routes between transit hubs and the places people need to go, are an inherent part of maximizing the reach and utility of mass transit infrastructure. Likewise the reach and utility of bicycling as a mode is maximized when paired with transit trips. Therefore, Cascade Bicycle Club (Cascade) sees bicycle and transit networks as interconnected and mutually beneficial. Because Cascade recognizes that an urban infrastructure needs both transit and active transportation to get people where they want to go, Cascade’s Policy team’s goal is to make transit and biking work hand-in-hand.
Education Transporation Access and Equality
Together Colorado is collaborating with students, families, Denver Public Schools, the City and County of Denver, the Donnell Kay Foundation and others to design a student transportation plan which will allow the school district’s high school students to access the same low cost transportation passes offered to Colorado businesses and municipalities. With the implementation of a successful student pass model, Together Colorado anticipates other school districts and municipalities adopting a similar program and thus improving transportation use and access across the state.
WalkDenver Transit Rider Advocacy
WalkDenver granted $10,000 to support our efforts to advocate for transit riders and pedestrians in two major city-wide planning efforts taking place for the first time in Denver: 1) the development of a city-specific transit plan, Denver Moves Transit, and 2) a Vision Zero Action Strategy for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Implementing plans for regional network improvements
The Partnership for Smarter Growth (PSG) granted $10,000 to support our joint campaign with RVA Rapid Transit to secure an effective regional transit network for the City of Richmond, Virginia and two adjacent counties.