While Florida transit agencies are required to develop a 10-year transit development plan intended to support the development of an effective multi-modal transportation system, no such requirement exists for commuter assistance programs (CAP), including transportation management organizations (TMO). The CAP program, including the TMOs, operate with one-year planning horizons making long-term plans and initiating projects with longer returns on investment impractical. Over 20 percent of Tampa Bay residents use some form of transportation other than solo driving. These groups may be underrepresented by local and regional transportation plans that focus primarily on capital investments that favor solo driving. This Commuter Assistance Program Regional Development Plan (CAPRDP) for the Tampa Bay region provides recommendations for integrating transportation demand management (TDM) and commuter assistance into long range transportation planning. It provides recommendations based on an assessment of existing conditions, a stakeholder outreach process, and a review of national promising practices in TDM. This report describes actions and tools that can be used at the state, regional, and local levels, working with the regional commuter assistance program and the TMOs, to improve mobility for all transportation system users, and maximize the use of the existing capacity of the system.
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