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1 Transit Connections 2013 The Value of Transit The Economics of Transit: Here and Around the Nation / Innovative Transit Solutions Tom Skancke Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance Stephen Maples University of Nevada, Reno Andrew Austin American for Transit

2 Building Communities for the Future Attracting, growing, and retaining millennials through great public transit

3 Americans for Transit Mission: to create, strengthen, and unite grassroots transit rider campaigns Founded in 2012 by the Amalgamated Transit Union & Good Jobs First Train to build capacity; Support campaigns on-site; Build a national coalition of grassroots transit rider organizations.

4 Who we are – Advocates & Riders

5 Who am I? Avid bus rider, train nerd, bike rider, and walker Former Field Director at Transportation Choices in Washington State Worked on multiple successful (and a few unsuccessful) transit ballot campaigns; led advocacy to save bus service statewide

6 What the Heck Is a Millennial Anyway? Wikipedia says… William Strauss and Neil Howe coined term in some books about the post Gen-X generation. Roughly defined as people born between

7 I am a Millennial… Who grew up in an medium sized town & in a middle class family. Which means (like many of my peers)…

8 I grew up getting certificates and stickers for things that maybe should have been expected (“graduating” 4 th grade and potty training anyone?)

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10 7 out of 10 Millennials Support…

11 We are the last generation To hear World War II stories (as teenagers and adults) directly from those who lived it…

12 Real Problem…

13 Sort of… This is the most educated generation in American history and the only group for whom real wages fell in the three years after the recession began. (Youth/national unemployment)

14 “How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials” “use vapid tropes about spoiled young people refusing to work bc they just don't want to” Pretend every member of this 85-million-person generation grew up in a fabricated life-size playhouse on the set of Hannah Montana. Blame today's high youth unemployment on "their parents’ success"

15 How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials

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18 And Maybe…. Some of us… Okay just me… Want this on our wedding cake

19 Millennials and Transportation 1.What we know 2.What we can do about 3.Where we go from here

20 What do we know? 1-Driving down (car ownership)

21 What do we know? 1-Driving down (Miles Driven)

22 1-Driving down, decrease in Auto commutes

23 What do we know? 1-Driving simply flat/ way down (per capita)

24 1-Driving down (Miles Driven)- Planning hasn’t caught up!

25 What do we know? 2-Demand for Transit Soaring (ridership)

26 2-Demand for Transit Soaring Voters are saying yes at the ballot Box

27 2-Demand for Transit Soaring (yes at ballot box)

28 Wins not a one-off trend!

29 What do we know? 2-Polls Agree, Demand for Transit Soaring

30 What do we know? 3-Millennials are driving the increased demand for transit nationally

31 We’d Rather be…

32 Then…

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34 What we know (Re-cap) 1.People are driving less 2.Demand for transit is rising (fare box, ballot box, polling) 3.Millennials are key demographic behind these trends

35 What can ‘WE’ (transit providers, planners, businesses, and advocates) DO about IT?

36 What can we do about it? 1-More GREAT Transit…

37 What can we do about it? NOT Less

38 Transit that attracts young people to use it, and keep using it, should be good for everyone…

39 Direct and Fast(er)

40 Reliable and (usually) on time

41 Is easy to use, affordable, clean and safe…

42 Goes where people want to go (for smart planners to figure out)!

43 What can we do about it? 2- Design communities for people

44 Not cars.

45 What can we do about it? 3-User friend relevant Technology

46 What can we do about it? 4-Marketing and Communications that Speaks to Millennials

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49 What we Can do(Re-cap) 1.Plan and build great transit 2.Create people focused communities 3.Implement user friendly technology in transit 4.Relevant, modern, communication

50 No Amount of great marketing, social media savviness, and relevant communications… Can replace great transit and places

51 What Is Next? That is up to you!

52 Discussion & Stay in Touch! Like us on Facebook at /Americansfortransit Follow us at Website me with additional questions or news you’d like to share with national pro-transit audience.


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