Choosing To Be Stewards of Inclusiveness: Build It And They Will Come
Dedicated city and county participation is the only way to make this challenge a tangible solution by designating a Transportation Ombudsman
Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)
No solution will be successful unless it becomes attractive enough. With all of these proposals in place, current users would benefit as well as expand to even more that rely on public transport. Commuter trips by car owners would be cut short as they join the integrated grid. Tourists will benefit from the accessibility to all parts of the city that they wanted to explore as well as this influx serve many of our local farms, businesses, and cultural organizations. A new connected identity would begin to expand and thrive that will bring not only an economic boon but a socio-cultural benefit as well.
Last, all residents would benefit from these proposals--commuters and public transportation users alike weekdays and weekends. We would also see a decline in traffic fatalities, late night DUI, and crime.
Describe your solution's stage of development
Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users
Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)
No team or organization, just me. As I told one of your moderators: I have always made sure that I live within walking distance to my work and public transportation so my commute foibles are always negligible. I have also lived in very connected cities--Boston and Portland, OR; and some struggling or not connected at all--New Orleans and Raleigh, NC.
Size of your team or organization
I am submitting as an individual
Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)
As Transportation Ombudsman, I would plan the implementation of trolley systems and express buses with lower rates over a grid covering up to 30 miles from city center. This would include requesting (gratis) research institutions like MIT and CalTech to aid in making the grid a smart one. Government offices would also move to rotating schedules as proposed above and the immediate designation of parking garages for commuter Ford fleets be implemented. Bus passes for government employees and low income folks and students would be handed out. The first smart walkway would be built from Brickell to the Design District. The planned mall contract will be amended to include housing and public transportation benefits.
Tax revenue from toll rates, registration & plate rates, and a new resort "green" rate for all hotels and home share sites as well as contibutions from major developers benefiting from the increase of visitors to their shops and restaurants would keep funding this expansion.
Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)
Sustainability will be measured by an account of ridership use and be observed by traffic on toll routes during rush hour a year after full implementation. Also, a year after the walkway being built, measurement of crowds using it and attendance to events and markets will be measured. Last, a detailed survey would be mailed out before and after implementation to evaluate use as well as research directly input into smart grid system to help evaluate ways to continually get more efficient at serving the needs of the community which may expand over time. Donations to green expansion from income tax returns evaluated as well as a concerted marketing effort for donations from local financial institutions be measured. Positive press for the city will only increase its coffers--especially if we get chosen as a new Amazon headquarters for example--imagine the compounded increased benefits.
These are just a few ideas, imagine what a well chosen team could accomplish!