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Transportation Management Associations

Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) provide coordinated transportation services in a specified geographic area. TMAs provide transportation planning, programs and services to complement and expand upon existing services available through public and private agencies, including private employers.

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  • Pedestrian planning
  • Bicycle planning
  • Carsharing 
  • Rideshare and vanpool coordination
  • Coordinated parking services
  • Shuttle and taxi services
  • Improved public transportation
  • Marketing services (including maps and wayfinding materials)
  • Financial incentives

Opportunities for a TMA in Northeast Ohio

  • Downtown Cleveland- Cleveland State University 
    • 147,000 workers
    • 15.8 million visitors
    • 8,000+ residents (Downtown Cleveland Partnership fact sheet)
  • University Circle- University Hospitals / Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Clinic / Museums 
    • 40,000+ workers 
    • 2 million visitors
    • 12,000+ residents (fact sheet)
  • I-271 Corridor - UH / Cleveland Clinic / Progressive Insurance
  • Downtown Akron - University of Akron / Summa Health

Existing elements of a TMA in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio has a number of existing organizations that maintain individual programs and services that are transportation focused.  However, there is no organization charged with coordinated planning that crosses jurisdictional, private/public, or funding boundaries, leaving the programs and services below to stand on their own. 

A TMA provides this missing coordinated planning function - within an existing organization, or as a stand alone umbrella transportation planning organization which would plan and partner with other organizations.  A TMA also tracks specific goals, metrics, and desired community outcomes - for instance, reduced commute times, congestion, pollution or increased number of transit riders, parking available to visitors, bike parking spaces, etc.

Below are some of the existing elements and agencies/organizations responsible for the services:

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Existing TMA programs

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