Case Study: Athens Transit

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STUDY ON BARRIERS TO JOB ACCESS FOR
ATHENS CLARKE COUNTY


Description

Athens-Clarke County Transit was awarded an FTA Job Access Challenge Grant to evaluate the barriers faced by the economically disadvantaged of the Athens-Clarke County area in obtaining employment, and developing transportation strategies for addressing those barriers.

Stakeholder interviews were conducted, focus groups met and workshops were held to agree upon common goals, and action plans for eliminating barriers to accessing employment. In addition, with the assistance of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, locations of public assistance recipients, suitable training sites, employment opportunities, daycare centers, and available public transportation were recorded. Lastly, "Best Practice" case studies were reviewed to examine various job access planning strategies across the country.

As a result of this planning process, Athens-Clarke County Transit identified options for reducing barriers to job access, as well as recommended an action plan that included applying for the FTA Access-to-Jobs Competitive Grant program.

Monitoring and administering those implemented strategies and recommendations will be on-going. Evaluative feedback will be used to make necessary changes to the overall job access planning effort.

The final report is available upon request:

Jerome M. Parker
Athens Transit
325 Pound Street
Athens, Georgia 30601
Phone: (706) 613-3432
Fax: (706) 613-3433
E-mail: Thebus@negia.net
Website: http://www.athenstransit.com

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