Chapter 4: Information Needs

To create effective job access programs, planners must not only identify program goals, but also define the planning objectives and implementation strategies. The planning effort should explicitly identify the following:

  • The target population,
  • The target job centers or industries,
  • The universe of reasonable transportation strategies,
  • The barriers that a successful program must overcome, and
  • Methods of evaluating the value of program options at meeting program goals.

Stakeholder Involvement:

Stakeholder involvement includes: (1) Establish Stakeholder Group - which involves establishing goals and objectives for the study; (2) Identify and Gather Information - which includes job opportunities, existing services, childcare, job training sites, and other;  (3) Identify Unmet Transportation Needs - which includes local definition, gaps in time and area, analytical tools, evaluate costs and benefits of alternatives; (4) Develop Transportation Alternatives - which includes implementation schedule, costs, performance monitoring, and funding commitments; and (5) Implementation.

This section discusses information sources and analysis needs of job access planning. Information and tools discussed in this chapter are not appropriate for every community. Initial planning efforts may merely skim the surface of the access-to-jobs dilemma, establishing a signpost for future planning and program efforts. More ambitious planning efforts, or planning efforts subsequent to the initial effort, may further explore program options, long-term sustainability, and cost/benefit relationships.

Final Report
May 2001