MISSION BAY SHUTTLE a community asset
It's taken less than two years for the Mission Bay Shuttle to establish itself as a much-appreciated and fundamental community benefit. The shuttle, which links Mission Bay offices, retailers and residents with the Powell BART and Caltrain light rail stations, recorded just under 300,000 boardings in 2011.
The shuttle grew from two to four buses in its first year of operation; it expanded from one to two routes as of January of 2012. The service operates from 7am to 10am and from 3:45pm to 8pm.
It can be credited as a key contributor towards Mission Bay truly becoming a "transit-first community." According to a 2011 survey conducted by the Mission Bay TMA, over 72% of the community uses transit; another 12% walk or bicycle to work.
SILVANI becomes udbe-certified
Silvani Transportation Consulting was awarded UDBE certification from the State of California.
A corporate shuttle designed to facilitate the commute from the East Bay to a new corporate headquarters in South San Francisco which helped the company achieve an impressive 36% alternative mode split in its first year in a new location.... an elegant looking electronic transit information kiosk, custom designed for an employee lobby which makes transportation information and choices "ubiquitous"... the formation of a new TMA to advance am ambitious TDM program along the Caltrain Corridor... development of a community transportation plan to better serve youth and eldery in San Francisco's Bayview district.... part of a team studying the range of impacts and the future of shuttles throughout San Francisco...
TREND TO WATCH: SUPER-COMMUTING
Super-commuters are a fast-growing niche in the California transportation marketplace and one that will require cities and areas to work together to provide solutions at a level not seen before.
Super-commuters are people who live in one metro area and work in another. An example: the 35,000 people who live in San Francisco/Oakland-San Jose metro areas but work in the Los Angeles County metro area. The number of super-commuters from the Bay Area to LA more than doubled between 2002 and 2009. Super-commuters don't necessarily report to an office every day. Rather, they work from home or other remote locations; travel frequently; and some are even "virtual employees" who rarely make a trip to an employer base.
According to recent research, super-commuters are growing at a faster rate than the overall workforce in general, especially in the largest labor markets.
Is this a paradigm shift? Will the workplace be redefined as the place where workers are, instead of a fixed, employer-based location?
This growing market segment will not only want more transportation mode choices, but a diversity of timinge, routing, pricing and other options for the long distance trips they do make.
In addition to supporting the eventual success of high speed rail, super-commuting opens the door for both public and private transportation providers to work together to design innovative services that meet a wide range of travel and trip needs.
Transportation Consulting, Planning and Management
How people get from one place to another is central to the Bay Area’s economic vitality, our environment, and our highly prized quality of life.
Helping people get from home to work… to entertainment destinations… to medical appointments… to school… and to move between various destinations throughout the day quickly, efficiently, with choices, with minimal environmental impacts, and at a reasonable cost…is a tall order. But not impossible.
California’s new legislation mandates a 7%per capita reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. During the same time, the Bay Area’s population will increase significantly. Traditional strategies such as adding to our infrastructure, new transit, using technology that increases mileage and reduces pollution, and road pricing are all necessary parts of the mix, but no single action or strategy alone will reach these goals.
What we do know is that we must decrease vehicle miles travelled (known as VMT). Without question, reducing VMT’s ultimately depends on our ability to shift individual travel perceptions and behavior. To do so, we’ll need new types of models, partnerships and collaborations that create, enhance and support a number of strategies.
Planning new developments and “retrofitting” built-environments in ways that create multi-modal environments is an exciting opportunity.
Silvani Transportation Consulting doesn’t offer “cookie cutter” solutions. Every project and every community has its own set of unique characteristics and relationships. We help clients develop transportation programs and manage travel demand by thoroughly understanding user patterns and needs; existing conditions, and then working collaboratively to enhance and augment these valuable services and assets.
We deliver creative yet pragmatic programs that manage limited resources for transportation and TDM efficiently and effectively. Our programs are noted for having high levels of customer satisfaction, effectiveness and sustainability.