Patriot Chapter: Focusing on the State of the New England Commute
May 26, 2016
The ACT Patriot Chapter represents 15 million New England commuters, ranging from Greater Boston, one of the country’s top 10 metropolitan areas, to inland and island towns with fewer than 100 residents. This mix of urban, suburban, rural, and academic institution transportation needs in a climate spanning from cold, snowy mountain winters to hot, hurricane-prone Atlantic coastline summers offers unique, year-round challenges for area commuters, other travelers competing for resources, including last mile services, and TDM professionals.
As TDM professionals supporting shared objectives throughout New England, members actively
Participate in government forums, such as recent ABC TMA commuter transit benefits testimony before the Massachusetts State Legislature,
Host employer outreach events and recognition ceremonies, like the annual Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards, and
Engage the public through greener trip challenges, e.g., Commute Smart B2B Challenge, CTrides Week, and RI Bike to Work Challenge.
To address diverse regional and local issues, 2016-2017 chapter programs will focus on a “State of the New England Commute” theme for meetings and webinars leading up to next year’s chapter conference. With the nation’s busiest railway and one of the oldest interstate highways crossing multiple densely populated states, yet having seemingly disparate local transit systems, the opportunity to learn from one another and leverage best practices is critical for our collective success.
In addition to program plans, the board has created an on-line document repository, updated its actweb.org chapter page, published its quarterly newsletter, and re-established a social media page. Plans are underway to survey members about professional development interests, ACT activities, volunteer opportunities, etc. We also look forward to members attending the ACT International Conference, including two chapter scholarship recipients. And, in the fall, we’ll support and participate in ACT’s newest event, CommTrans in Boston