Today the Association for Commuter Transportation joins more than 250 organizations calling upon Congress to pass legislation that significantly increases the amount of funding that is dedicated to our nation’s transportation systems. This funding is desperately needed to repair, replace, and expand our crumbling roads, bridges, and mass transit facilities. The stability and growth of our economy depend on strong infrastructure. For far too long we neglected our transportation systems and have failed to invest the resources needed to take care of and expand our infrastructure.
At the same time, Congress must also take steps to pass transportation policies that make better use of our existing systems. For decades, our nation’s transportation policy has focused on capital investment and while this is an important part of our transportation system, the current realities require more! ACT believes this can be accomplished through five fundamental policy foundations:
Arlington County Commuter Services – Demonstrating the Value of Integrating Technology, New Stakeholders, and Performance Based Projects
Arlington County (Va.) Commuter Services (ACCS) is an example of how more local governments can leverage technology, stakeholders and performance based outcomes. ACCS works with employers, developers, and the public to expand commuter options using customer-focused tools and technologies and marketing and sales techniques. This program uses its annual budget of $10 million in federal, state, and local funds to leverage $18 million in private-sector investments. As a result, this program has helped reduce 41,000 vehicles a day from the road during rush-hour, greatly reducing congestion not only in Arlington County, but also for those commuters who travel through the County to get to work every day.
What’s the Value of This Investment?
For $10 million in Federal, State, and Local this program project:
Getting to Work: A Look at Investment Made in Our Transportation
System by Employers
Every day 130 million people commute to work sites across the nation, from large downtown office buildings to suburban office parks, and every location in between and beyond. Employees face increasing challenges getting to work in the most efficient, affordable, and sustainable way – a challenge that can negatively impact productivity if not addressed. Many employers understand the steps they take to improve the commuting options for their workforce can have wide ranging benefits, including:
ACT’s recent paper “Getting to Work” spotlights some of the best practices in employer sponsored commuter programs and showcases how employers are improving and investing in their transportation systems. These case studies highlight innovative local transit partnerships, growth in vanpools, creative employee engagement tactics and show how the most forward looking organizations plan, prepare, and even prosper from their work with government agencies to manage regional transportation demands.
1 Based upon a free-flowing lane of traffic that moves 1,800 vehicles at 55 mph and spreading those vehicles through a peak-period traffic
2 Based upon FHWA data that suggests the cost of a lane-mile is $10-$15 million in an urban setting