Smart Commute featured in National Publication

Smart Commute featured in National Publication

In October, Smart Commute was pleased to be featured in a national publication calling attention to Transportation Management Organizations/Associations and the value we bring to our communities.  Soon, Smart Commute will have copies of the report available to share with our members.  We were also featured on a webinar event, and you can view the recording of our presentation on YouTube.

Read the publication online on the ACT website.

Association for Commuter Transportation Shines Spotlight on
Benefits of Transportation Management Associations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Straus 202-792-5801 dstraus@actweb.org

Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), unique collaborations between the public and private sectors, have been helping communities deliver transportation options that benefit commuters and employers for over 30 years.  With over 100 TMAs operating in dense urban cores, suburban job centers, highway corridors, and residential neighborhoods, the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), believes TMAs play an important role in how communities large and small work to achieve their transportation, sustainability, and economic development goals. 

ACT’s newest paper, “A Better Way: Spotlight on Transportation Management Associations”, released today, digs into the varying reasons for establishing and what the community was attempting to achieve through the organization.  The paper features insights from public officials and private sector leaders representing TMAs from across the country and informs us how Austin, TX supported the launch of Movability Austin to address the impacts of rapid growth.  “The idea was that we can’t build our way out of our traffic problems and heavily trafficked areas,” said Jim Pledger, Board Chair of Movability Austin.

The paper presents why leaders in the northern Denver suburbs established the Smart Commute Metro North TMO to help spur economic development in an area battling worsening congestion. We hear from the mayor of Salem, Mass., about how the North Shore TMA plays a critical role in spurring broad thinking about sustainability and growth, how North Natomas TMA in Sacramento uses its unique position to foster lasting relationships that improve transportations options, and how GVF (Pennsylvania) leverages its diverse board to be a statewide model for transportation analysis.

“TMAs and TMOs offer unique opportunities for public-private partnerships, aggregating the delivery of valuable transportation programs and services that reduce costs for businesses and increase mobility for commuters” said David Straus, Executive Director for ACT.  “We encourage communities around the country to look at TMAs as an impactful strategy for addressing their transportation challenges.”

ACT’s TMA Council provides a platform for existing TMAs and individuals and organizations interested in establishing a TMA in their community to share best practices and learn from others who have helped establish TMAs as strong public-private partnerships. 

Read the full paper at: http://actweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TMA-Spotlights-Final-October-2017.pdf

About the Association for Commuter Transportation
ACT is an international association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management (TDM). Commuting by bus, train, rideshare, bike, walking, or telework improves our world by contributing to energy independence, better air quality, livability, mobility, and reduced congestion. Through advocacy, education, and networking efforts, ACT strives to improve the lives of commuters, the livability of communities, and the economic growth of businesses.       Learn more at www.actweb.org