Chapter 6: Transportation Alternatives to Meet Needs

Transportation plays a crucial role in linking the elements of job training, the development of job skills, the location of available childcare, and other critical services that enable the target population to enter into sustainable employment. Exploring a range of transportation alternatives to meet these needs enables a greater number of individuals to participate in work activities.

This chapter discusses transportation programs and services to address community transportation issues. These alternatives include fixed route enhancements, employer shuttle services, car loan programs and others that can be customized to meet community needs.

Included is an inventory of potential funding sources, categorized by federal, state, and local levels, and by private and non-profit sources. Web-site addresses for organizations offering information on welfare reform and access to job issues, case studies from other areas of the country, and funding guidelines and regulations are provided as well.

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.

Final Report
May 2001