Today the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government (MIEG) has announced it has been awarded $356,560 in federal funds for its Commute Options Travel Demand Management Initiative.
This new grant is focused on getting information to employees and students at Memphis’ large education institutions and employers about transit options. There’s also potential for incentives to make it workable for Memphians to make use of existing options like carpool/vanpool, bus routes, and even the potential now being discussed through Explore Bike Share.
Quick Facts about the grant:
- More than $350,000 from TDOT
- Goal: increase transportation options through outreach and incentives
- Funds formation of Commute Options Travel Demand Management Initiative
- Done through Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government
- Potential incentives:
- Employer provided transit passes for free, the same way they provide parking for employees who drive.
- Employees who usually drive could get incentives for leaving the car at home from time to time.
- Commute Options will also promote Shelby County Public Health’s ongoing vanpool, carpool, and emergency ride home offerings.
- Partnerships between employers and Explore Bike Share