Changing the Way We Get Around
Resident commute refers to how people get to work in Springfield. Transportation choices impact Springfield’s air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion, land use, and safety. The City wants to make it easier and more common for residents to take public transit, walk, bike or carpool to work, as these modes of transportation have health, environmental and land use benefits for all.
We measure the percentage of residents that commute to work by the different transportation modes, and look for an increase over time in the percentage of residents that use a sustainable transportation option- public transit, walking, biking, and carpooling- for their commute.
What Does this Chart Show Us?
The graph at the left shows the actual percentage of residents that commuted using sustainable transportation options- public transit, walk, bike, carpool- in 2010 and 2015 (blue line) and where we want that percentage to be in 2030 (green line).
What Does this Chart Show Us?
The chart at the left is showing how much each of the transportation modes- drive alone, carpool, public transit, etc.- are used by Springfield (red) residents on their way to work each day compared to the US average (grey).
This graph shows us how we can expect to see daily commuting (Monday-Friday) traffic increase over the next 20 years if we do not change how we get to work each day. As you can see, there will be more cars on the road, causing increased congestion. If we assume that the additional vehicles on the roads are fueled by gasoline and /or diesel fuel then it will lead to poor air quality, causing health problems and an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases.
Strategies to Create More Options for Resident Commute
- Implement the Complete Streets plan which details needed and desired pedestrian and bicyclist improvements—crosswalks, sidewalks, bike lanes, bike paths etc. over time as roads are reconstructed and as funds are available.
- Implement Bikeshare.
- Work with the Business Improvement District (BID) and the Chamber to create a staff position of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) coordinator to assist businesses with getting their workers out of their cars.
- Encourage employers to provide employees with emergency ride home programs, vanpool match programs, telecommute options, flextime options.
Encourage colleges to participate in PVTA pass program.
- Re-visit the City’s parking requirements (updated in 2012) to identify techniques to reduce parking as much as possible to realize the City’s “park once and walk” approach in the downtown.
- Encourage MGM’s planned work to bring back trolley service in downtown from Union Station to STCC, the casino, Hall of Fame, and Riverfront park and encourage that this trolley utilize green energy.
- PVTA to address rider concerns of uncomfortable seats, late arrivals, lack of shelters, snow clearing at shelters, grocery bag limit, and limited night service.
Be a Part of the Solution
Ride your bike more!
The City is increasingly adding more miles of bike lanes through implementation of its Complete Streets Plan. It is getting easier and safer to take your bike to work or just try out some of our great trails!More Information
The City of Springfield has announced the creation of the Facilities and Sustainability Engineer position for the City of Springfield.Full Article
- The Boston Globe