Secretary and CEO Richard Davey in October announced MassDOTs mode shift goal to triple the distance traveled by our customers through bicycling, transit and walking. That goal now joins other goals incorporated into MassDOT's GreenDOT Implementation Plan with tasks and indicators.
MassDOT established the goal to build a more efficient transportation system where fewer of our customers depend on driving alone to get where they are going. We want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation system and support better public health outcomes by working to give our customers more healthy travel options.
MassDOT will measure our progress on this ambitious mode shift goal using Personal Miles Traveled-distances traveled by all our customers for bicycling, driving, transit and walking in a one year period. It also measures all the trips taken by our customers, not just work trips which are often the focus in transportation planning. Measuring the distance traveled by each mode allows MassDOT to see strategic opportunities to improve the travel options for our customers, strengthen the relationship between land use and transportation planning, and draw a link to greenhouse gas emissions. Goal numbers are listed below.
Year Bicycling PMT Transit PMT Walking PMT Total
2010 (baseline) 150.4m 1.83b 101.1m 2.08b
2020 (benchmark) 330.0m 3.99b 223.9m 4.55b
2030 (goal year) 516.m 5.93b 333.6m 6.78b
Personal Miles Traveled as the goal measurement is effective and maximizes resources available to MassDOT by using data that is already collected from the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Performance Management System, Federal Transit Administration’s National Transit Database, and an estimation of bicycling and walking using data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Check out MassDOT’s GreenDOT web page for the Implementation Plan and more information.
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