Rather than summarize all previous listserv emails and off-line discussions on this topic,
I will instead present the latest set of desired changes to the three “rail transit”
__ Rail: light rail, streetcar, or trolley (a change from the current “Streetcar or
__ Rail: subway or elevated (a change from the current “Subway or elevated”)
__ Rail: commuter or long-distance railroad (a change from the current “Railroad”)
I can’t state these are “official U.S. DOT recommendations” just yet, but we will need to
either come to this decision in early June or identify something else (or just “give up”
again, which is not what anyone of us want to do!) Other changes (e.g., additional
transit and non-transit mode groups, some type of “list all modes used” question, a switch
from the “usual” specification, etc. etc.) do have merit, but there is a strong consensus
that adding complexity to a U.S. DOT recommendation could jeopardize the opportunity for
ANY changes to be subjected to a formal “content change” test. I should also note that
even if this is approved for a formal “content change” test, we don’t yet know, of course,
the findings from those tests.
If you work for a transit agency that operates multiple rail modes (or at least a “light
rail” mode), or an MPO that covers a region with multiple rail modes, and you see value in
your future planning if these changes were implemented, please send me an email
(Ken.Cervenka@dot.gov<mailto:Ken.Cervenka@dot.gov>), or give me a call early next
week (202/493-0512) and I will let you know how your interests can be recognized.
For those who may want to review the full ACS question, with the proposed changes to the
three “rail transit” modes included, I am showing below.
31. How did this person usually get to work LAST WEEK? If this person usually used more
than one method of transportation during the trip, mark (X) the box of the one used for
most of the distance.
__ Car, truck, or van
__ Bus or trolley bus
__ Rail: light rail, streetcar, or trolley
__ Rail: subway or elevated
__ Rail: commuter or long-distance railroad
__ Worked at home
__ Other method
FTA Office of Planning and Environment
p.s., I am sure everyone knows that Memorial Day is Monday, and let’s not ever
under-estimate the value of the personal sacrifices that have been made.
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