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Ferries: An Integral Part of Public Transit (CM Approved | 1.5)
February 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The United States’ growth and need to meet mobility, environmental, and energy objectives place demands on public transit systems in both urban and rural areas. Current systems are aging and in need of upgrading, while facing simultaneous needs for expanded service options. This can be seen in the Washington, DC area and other metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Further, everyone is awaiting the next transportation authorization; but, no matter what, the general expectation is that funding will be limited, including TIGER VI opportunities. Given the financial limitations, many US communities with significant waterways have an opportunity to use this under-utilized right of way as a new or expanded way to address daily commuting needs in urban or limited rural areas or notably in the event of a natural or manmade disruption to land-based transportation.
This webinar will address the viability of ferry services and their integration into public transportation systems. Speakers include Tim Payne, Principal of Nelson Nygaard and 35 years of experience. He also led development of TCRP SB-23, “Integrating Passenger Ferry Service with Mass Transit” on behalf of the Transportation Research Board. Also speaking will be Hannah Henn, Assistant Vice President and Director of Ferries at New York City Economic Development Corporation. She will address NYCEDC’s success in working with ferry services in the New York metropolitan area. Finally, Noel P. Comeaux, AICP, PMP, of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and incoming Chair of the TRB Ferry Committee (APO85), will address MARAD’s current efforts to support ferry programs like the newer FHWA formulary program and the FTA discretionary program. He will also address MARAD’s efforts to support the Potomac River Ferry Commuter Service in the Washington, DC area and his initial ideas for the TRB Ferry Committee.
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