Most exciting? The new Cherriots Rideshare Strategic Plan!
Rideshare Staff will be presenting the Plan to the Board. (Here's the report and slide deck. The Plan itself is not yet published to the web, so we'll update the link later.)
|Cherriots Rideshare covers a very broad service area|
|Institutionally it is marginalized:|
understaffed and underbudgeted
Imagine if Rideshare's budget was 1% of the cost of a bridge, $5 million a year, or roughly 11% of the annual debt service of around $45 million for the bridge. That would offer much better return on the investment!
|Cherriots is doing a lousy job talking|
about how its activities relates to the bridge
And it is telling that the Strategic Plan also omits any discussion of how a strategy with Rideshare dovetails with a strategy on the bridge. In fact, the Salem Willamette River Crossing Alternate Modes Study, which had a large role for the kinds of TDM/TSM projects envisioned in the Rideshare Plan, is nowhere to be seen.
From here, anyway, quite apart from the magnitudes of cost, this is not a trivial omission: Any strategic plan that involves TDM/TSM for the region simply must discuss the biggest infrastructure project proposed for the region, especially when that project is so thoroughly oriented towards drive-alone trips. That's the regional transportation strategy and a hugely important part of the context and puzzle.
It simply has to be there.
So the absence is an important detail and the silence on the bridge a real flaw in the Rideshare Plan.
Aside from that, there's a lot of great stuff in it.
In a survey of 15 other similar agencies or groups embedded in larger agencies, bike education turned up in the "best practices," so that was nice to see.
|Elsewhere, best practices include bike education!|
That's a major shift.
|Strategic shift from "just commuting"|
|More Partnerships with Orgs like the Bike Club|
|Plan Table of Contents with Four Phases|
|The Four Phases from the Presentation Slides|
|Year 1: Plan to Expand Individualized Marketing Initiative|
There's also a clear need for new performance measures.
|Also Year 1: New Metrics|
|Drive Less Connect Numbers for Q4, 2014-15|
April - June 2015
Rideshare Q4 and year-end summary
|Drive Less Connect Numbers for Q4, 2013-14|
April - June 2014
|Years 3-5: Safe Routes to School!|
While the plan proposes expansion, there is no revenue stream identified for that expansion, so right now this is crucially more a wish than a plan. In a reallocation of duties and adjustment of job descriptions for year 1,
As the Rideshare Coordinator spends more time forwarding the program’s strategic direction, they will be able to seek new funding opportunities through the MPO or other potential grants that come available.Right now, our MPO seems little inclined to invest substantially more in things that undermine the supremacy of drive-alone trips. Hydraulic autoism totally prevails there. So that will be a real job.
In other news, in a couple of subcommittee meetings there were was the first report on the new flexible transit service in West Salem, "The Connector." One interesting detail? One of the PSU students who authored the flexible transit study has been hired by Cherriots to implement the program. From his subreport on the June boardings:
A performance summary for the month of June was provided for the West Salem Connector pilot project.59 uniques is not going to make a dent in bridge crossing traffic. A fundamental question for Cherriots is whether they are just going to abandon West Salem.
There were a total of 444 trips; an average of [about] 20 one way rides per day and 59 unique riders.
The service was most used between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. with the highest use at 3:00 p.m. The Glen Creek Transit Center was the most used connector point by 85% of the riders. The stop on Edgewater at the Safeway shopping center had the second highest usage.
No trips were scheduled to or from the Burley Hill and Eola Drive connector point and only one from Burley Hill and Whitetail Deer Drive; however Customer Service has received calls for service at SalemTowne where there is no connector stop. [paragraphing added]
|New Route Map Summary|
In minutes on a special meeting contained in the consent calendar, there was an interesting exchange over the scope and nature of the Citizen Advisory Committee. Apparently some on the Committee had an expectation that the Cherriots Board would formally consult with them before moving to place the payroll tax measure on the ballot. This occasioned then some conversation about whether the CAC's role included conferring on "political decisions" in addition to "transit service and customer relations." More relevant here, there was also the tidbit that the Chamber had proposed Cherriots "look for lottery funds to pay for operations."
This is the context in which Rideshare will be seeking funding, alas.
The Salem Area Mass Transit District Board of Directors meets Thursday, August 27th, at 6:30pm, in Courthouse Square, the Senator Hearing Room, 555 Court St NE. There is a reception beforehand at 5:30pm for the bus stop painters and planners.