Mobility Management is explained on the Federal Transit Administration’s website in the following way:
“Mobility management moves beyond establishing and operating traditional fixed route transit systems to fostering and organizing a network of diverse transportation services and providers to satisfy customer needs. Mobility management involves several functions. The starting point is the identification of transportation needs of a specific community and identifying service options and demand management strategies to respond to those needs.”
The Northwest Ohio Mobility program was established to assist in addressing the unmet transportation needs in Fulton, Henry and Defiance counties. Some of the activities required to achieve this goal are:
- Host public meetings and distribute surveys to identify any unmet transportation needs.
- Advocate on the behalf of residents for the expansion of services.
- Lead the coordinated planning process and identify strategies to fill gaps in service.
- Solicit support from local stakeholders and decision makers.
- Assist in the execution of identified strategies to fill gaps in service.
- Provide feedback to stakeholders and decision makers on the results of implemented strategies.
For the Northwest Ohio Mobility program to be successful, participation by residents is required. One way to participate is by filling out the transportation survey located here. Another way is by being active in public discussions (see a list of upcoming events here).
While Mobility Management programs can look very different across communities based on the local unmet needs, one aspect is common among all programs – they exist to better the lives of those in the community.