The Mobility Action Plan will be the primary process used to determine the optimal mix of TNC and taxi services in Boston.
The RFP for theDesign, Planning and Engineering Services for the Mobility Action Planwas issued on 6/3/14 with a deadline to submit bids on 7/2/14.
Vineet Gupta, the Director of Planning at the Boston Transportation Department is the lead evaluator. Gupta has been in the Department for 16 years and is considered a key influencer. Mayor Walsh has asked for quick action on getting this moving, so presumably the winner will be announced soon.
Should they win the bid, almost certainly Ralph DeNisco, a Nelson/Nygaard Principal in their Boston office will be actively involved. DeNisco specializes in working with business, resident, and stakeholder groups on complex integrated transportation issues to find solutions that win both community and agency support.
One of the few articles on the Mobility Action Plan appeared in Banker & Tradesman on 6/2/14 the day the RFP was issued. The abstract of the article captures what is sure to be an important theme of the taxi and TNC analysis: equitable access.
In my opinion, Uber and Lyft are not adequately using this lens to enhance their understanding of Mayor Walsh’s point of view.
As the city of Boston prepares to develop a new transportation plan – aptly called a Mobility Action Plan – it has a fresh opportunity to consider all of the city’s residents in a broad context. The new plan should take into consideration the city’s most vulnerable populations – including the poor, the elderly and the mobility impaired. The plan should provide equitable access to the essential components of urban life; employment opportunities, fair housing, recreation, medicine, education and affordable, nutritious food shopping. In short, the city of Boston must ensure that this new mobility plan, which will guide transportation investments for the next 50 years, is sustainable by providing an excellent quality of life for all of residents.