Transportation Management Initiative
The City of Boca Raton is home to some of South Florida’s largest employers. The City’s Transportation Management Initiative works with employers to help provide ways commuters can reduce their commuting costs as well as their carbon footprint.Andrew Meyer, TMI Administrator, City of Boca Raton
The City’s Transportation Management Initiative (TMI) program was established to develop solutions to local traffic congestion problems. The TMI is much like a resource for residents and employees, offering alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, taking the train or bus, riding a bike, and/or walking. The TMI offers a Tri-Rail shuttle system connecting Tri-Rail commuters to the Arvida Park of Commerce. The TMI also includes the City’s Transportation Demand Management program, which establishes partnerships with destinations and employers throughout the city to provide mobility options to driving alone and reduce peak hour trips.
The City established the Transportation Management Initiative to improve the quality of life for its citizens and to promote mobility options for travel within the City and beyond. In 2002, the city enacted a Transportation Demand Management Ordinance for the downtown area. This ordinance requires businesses of 50 or more employees, residential developments of 30 or more units, and developments which contain two or more uses that share common parking facilities, to participate in strategies that promote other mobility options in lieu of a single-occupancy vehicle. These options include providing preferred carpool spaces, bicycle and pedestrian connections, secure bicycle lockers, discounted or free transit passes, and more.
The City’s Transportation Demand Management Ordinance was adopted on October 22, 2002. Existing developments were required to comply within two years and proposed developments were impacted immediately. This requirement is ongoing and will continue indefinitely.
The initiative is being funded through city budget appropriations.
The initiative benefits the individual by providing accessibility and awareness of ways to commute without using a single-occupancy vehicle, which has the potential to save the individual time and money. The initiative benefits the community by taking automobiles off of the road, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well as commute times. Overall, this initiative will improve the quality of life for all our residents and visitors.