New effort started to reduce traffic jams around Seacoast
The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST ), which is based in Dover, recently hired Anne Rugg to coordinate a Transportation Management Association (TMA), which will use state and federal funds to bring officials and businesses together to identify needs and solutions to reduce commuting hassles.
“Everywhere you go, there’s traffic,” Rugg said.
Rugg said the program will receive $402,000 each year for the next three years from the U.S. Department of Transportation, with matching funds from the New Hampshire Turnpike Authority. She added they haven’t created a sustainability plan, but could rely on “some revenue from membership dues.”
To help, Rugg enlisted several members of the COAST board — including Scott Bogle, senior transportation manager for Rockingham Regional Planning Commission; Cynthia Copeland, executive director of the Strafford Regional Planning Commission; and Juliet Walker, transportation planner in Portsmouth.
Rugg said the group wants to analyze traffic patterns by assessing where area commuters and visitors come from, where they are going and what motivates them.
Rugg said she’s starting to reach out to employers in the region to talk about transportation issues and commuting options. She added she also plans to talk to communities to get links to commuting options — like COAST and ride share programs — on local websites
Both Bogle and Walker said the new program picks up from the remains of the Greater Seacoast Transportation Management Association, which was established in 2003 and worked on similar issues for several years until its funding stopped.
“This is to look broadly at the region,” Walker said, adding individual communities will benefit from the exchange of ideas.
As a result of the widespread workforce, Bogle said officials at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard instituted the Clipper Connect program, which established bus routes to bring in employees from around the area.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Obama's indecision: In NH, only Ayotte urges action - 29
- Concealed controversy: Our 'Mother, may I' gun policy - 22
- Innis in the 1st: A strong choice for Congress - 10
- Obama waits: A terror threat grows - 41
- For U.S. Senate, Scott Brown best NH candidate come November - 68
- Race and policing: America has a problem - 0
- Strength in faith: Gaining it from Jim Foley's family - 0
- Playing chicken: Treating voters like idiots - 0
- Perry’s indictment: An abuse of the legal system - 24
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NH Motor Speedway to again host two Sprint Cup Series weekends in 2015 - 0
- St. Anselm football players practice ini August heat - 0
- White, Glenn lift Fisher Cats over Harrisburg, 6-4 - 0
- KSC field hockey first in coaches poll - 0
- New England Patriots guard Mankins traded to Tampa for TE Wright - 0
- NH Fisher Cat Lee still striving for making it to the major leagues - 0
- Former city restaurateur gets jail sentence for sex assault - 0
- Former high school art teacher gets suspended sentence in drug case - 0
- New Manchester school district standards to give teachers more leeway - 0
Backyard boulder kills Raymond homeowner
Market Basket: 'So close, yet so far'
KSC field hockey first in coaches poll
Reports: Market Basket doomsday plan would shutter 61 of 71 stores if deal not struck soon
GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help
Ohio's Rob Portman: GOP can win back Senate