Community Mobility Professionals Come Together in Albany

posted Nov 21, 2016, 9:45 AM by Nick C.
From October 18 through 20, the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) held its annual conference and expo, titled Transit, Technology, and Smarter Communities.  In recent years, NYPTA has made strides to expand the conference’s scope, encouraging attendance by mobility managers and offering a broad array of educational sessions.  The organization can be lauded for these efforts; the transportation world itself is changing, widening, and it's important for entities like NYPTA to remain ahead of the curve.  In lieu of these changes, mobility managers and transportation professionals gathered at a special meeting, hosted by NYSDOT, to discuss the formation of a formal entity, fashioned after NYPTA itself, that would work to advocate on behalf of a broad mobility agenda across New York State.

The meeting was attended by roughly 20 individuals, each with their own background and perspective. The content of the meeting was by and large informational- what would this group do? Who would be counted among its members?  What would be the nature of the organization’s relationship to NYPTA?   
The group, tentatively called New York State Community Mobility Professionals (CMP), will be comprised of mobility managers, planners, advocates, entrepreneurs, app developers- people from diverse backgrounds that reflect the rapidly expanding transportation space.  The group would like to have a formal relationship with NYPTA, a strong supporter of transportation in the state since 1983.  What exactly this arrangement would entail is currently being considered; early discussions suggest there is support from certain NYPTA members, at least conceptually.

CMP will primarily be focused on communication and education, delivering its message beyond the scope of traditional transportation advocacy.  More and more, institutions and their actors are coming to understand the degree to which transportation and sectors that have largely been considered distinct, or only mildly related- areas like public health, economic development, and community equity, vitality, and security- are in fact, deeply interrelated.  By uniting this broader spectrum of stakeholders, those that understand the power of quality community mobility and the access it affords, CMP will help address the significant transportation needs of New York State in a comprehensive, strategic, and effective manner.  If you’re interested in learning more about CMP, make sure to keep checking the newsletter and MMSCNY website for updates.