One last post on Tuesday's Joblinks conference. Yesterday I raised the question of whether workforce boards are working with transit agencies as well as they might. On Monday I blogged about this weekend's 21st Annual CTAA Roadeo.
The Joblinks conference was called Thinking Outside the Bus: New Approaches to Commuter Transportation. It was all about how to help people get to work any way other than in a car. I was there to talk about social media on the panel about technology.
Also with me on the panel were Sean O'Sullivan from Avego, a tech company that has created software that helps people set up ride shares on demand via cell phones. It's a great idea - do check it out. Kay Carson was there from MassRIDES at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She talked about how much transit technology and our expectations of it have changed in three short years. Two big take-aways from her talk: First, our idea of personal "touch" has changed and involves a lot more technology. Second, if you're thinking about investing in transit-related technology, don't be so quick to pour a lot of money into a customized solution - there are a lot of great off-the-shelf products out there today.
Joblinks share info about their Transportation Toolkit for the Business Community, which looks like it may be as helpful for individual commuters as for businesses. I'd recommend that workforce development professionals take a look at this toolkit and see if it might help you plan programs and/or serve your customers better.
a unique form of commuting found in the Washington, DC area sometimes referred to as "Instant Carpooling" or "Casual Carpooling." It's unique because people commuting into the city stop to pickup other passengers even though they are total strangers! However, slugging is a very organized system with its own set of rules, proper etiquette, and specific pickup and drop-off locations.
Finally, here's the powerpoint I used for my presentation on the nexus between workforce development, public transit and social media:
If you don't see it above, click here to see it on Google docs.