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MOBILITY MANAGEMENT STUDY
While mobility management in some state and communities brings together a broad range of mode alternatives (transit buses, taxis, ride-share, vehicle sharing, etc.) provided by the public and private sectors, in rural areas (the focus of this study) the predominant option is to increase the level of coordination between public and private, non-profit transportation providers. The primary reasons for narrowing the focus to public transit agencies (funded in part with Section 5311 grants) and private, non-profit providers (funded with Section 5310 grants) has more to do with limited access to other options. Lower population density and longer travel distances to get to/from regional center destinations from rural areas and smaller communities typically make private vehicle sharing options impractical. Thus, for this project the primary focus for mobility management was:
- Identifying pairs or groups of public providers that share a common regional destination, travel a relatively similar route, and serve communities in relatively close proximity to one another and evaluating opportunities to share the responsibility for providing travel service to/from the regional center.
- Identifying within and between communities overlapping service between public transit agencies and private, non-profit agencies that provide transportation services to their clients that is supported in part using federal funding from the 5310 program. In Nebraska, the 5310 program is the source of vehicle purchase subsidies for a number of private, non-profit agencies.
- Coordinating/centralizing in a region or across the state the task of taking reservations for trips for groups or transit agencies.
- Increasing the level of coordination and communication between intra-city public transit agencies and private, non-profit agencies providing transportation service with the goal of reducing redundancies. In a small number of communities there are transit agencies and private, non-profit agencies that provide intra-city trips to and from similar destinations. In many cases, both providers carry one or two people per trip and have the capacity to carry more.
Mobility Management Regions
Across Nebraska there are presently 63 public and private, non-profit agencies operating transit service in non-metropolitan areas. These programs range from regional services such as Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE), which provides residents in a six county area with five-day a week service with 29 vehicles, to numerous individual county agencies providing one or two day a week service with one minivan. With the exceptions of the RYDE and Blue Rivers Transportation System, county-based and/or and city/village-based public transit service operates independently from their neighboring city or county. The purpose of the Mobility Management Project is to identify opportunities for enhanced coordination between adjacent counties and/or cities/villages that serve one or more common regional centers with the goal of improving the cost effectiveness of the service. Regional centers across the state that are the focus of this initial mobility management concept are:
- North Platte
- Grand Island/Kearney/Hastings (Also referred to as the Tri-cities area)
Mobility Management Project Process
The mobility management project has been approached as a transit design project, not a study through which needs are defined and alternatives to address the needs are identified and evaluated. The intent is to identify coordination activities that serve a need (or range of needs), determine the requirements for putting the plan into action, and conduct a series of pilot projects that implement the design concept in one or more of the regions. The Mobility Management Project steps are highlighted in the figure below.