Case Study: North Central Florida Regional Planning Commission

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JOB ACCESS PLANNING CHALLENGE GRANT PROJECT
METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION
FOR THE GAINESVILLE URBANIZED AREA
Description

The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization was awarded an FTA Job Access Challenge Grant to develop transportation options for job-related trips for the Alachua County Work and Gain Self-Sufficiency (WAGES) and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) participants. As a part of this effort, the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization developed transportation need surveys for the aforementioned participants and mapped employment, childcare and work force centers using the ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS).

Their survey found that approximately seventy-eight percent of the WAGES participants reside within a half mile of the fixed route bus system with the majority living within a quarter-mile walking distance of a bus stop. Although most WAGES participants live within the fixed route area, they prefer not to ride public transportation because it's too expensive and inconvenient.

GIS mapping helped to locate the employment, workforce and child care centers in relation to where the WAGES participants live. Through this analysis it was determined that there is a potential to establish vanpool and fixed route feeder bus service to the City of Gainesville from the non-urban areas. It is recommended that the WAGES Coalition work with the regional transit system to establish vanpools and carpools through its Commuter Assistance Program (CAP).

The final report is available upon request:

Lynn Franson-Godfrey
North Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
2009 NW 67th Place, Suite A
Gainesville, Florida 32563-1603
Phone: (352) 955-2200 x 110
Fax: (352) 955-2209
E-mail: godfrey@ncfrpc.org
Website: http://www.ncfrpc.org

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