Case Study: Mid-Williamette Valley Council of Governments

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JOB ACCESS PLANNING: MARION AND POLK COUNTIES, OREGON

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The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG) was awarded an FTA Job Access Challenge Grant to complete a needs assessment of the metropolitan area as a basis for developing a regionally coordinated public transportation system. The goal is to provide a coordinated transportation system that is accessible to work, training, medical services, and social services for those without personal automobile access. The product of this effort is a model that can accept data, which display current levels of service changes as the changes occur. The model is being used during the development and implementation of a regional brokerage system.

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has been utilized in the production and implementation of the model. The model can be used as a foundation for analysis in other regions and benefit other geographic areas around the country. Furthermore, the model will be included in the Oregon Department of Transportation's statewide guide on best practices in transportation model development.

The model was developed upon the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) technology sharing "Guidebook for Planning Small Urban and Rural Transportation Programs." The model was modified to integrate advanced technology and meet the needs of the data compiled in the Salem metropolitan area.

The planning application and final report is available upon request:

Richard L. Van Orman, AICP
Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments
105 High Street, S.E.
Salem, Oregon 97301-3667
Phone: (503) 588-6177
Fax: (503) 588-6094
E-mail: rvanorman@open.org
Website: http://www.mwvcog.org/

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