When the original RTA plan was developed, the citizen and business representatives involved knew first-hand about the importance of providing transportation project outreach before and during transportation improvement projects. As a result, the 2006 RTA plan funds a business assistance program, called MainStreet, that assists small businesses within a quarter mile of RTA projects to help business owners minimize the construction-related disruptions they face.
Business services that the MainStreet program provides include complimentary project outreach and business consulting from contracted private sector consultants.
- Project Outreach – Assigning a specific liaison to each project for two-way communication between the project team and the business impacted by the transportation project
- Business Consulting – Helping businesses to prepare for project impacts, such as how to implement best practices, and providing tools or services for businesses to address declining revenues and find new opportunities for growth
Other MainStreet program benefits include assistance in developing stronger, positive government/private sector relationships, based upon trust, respect, responsiveness, tangible solutions and results.
During the life of the RTA plan, MainStreet will assist over 11,000 businesses, representing over 130,000 employees.