Case Study: Alaska Department of Transportation

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AN ASSESSMENT OF WORKFARE TRANSPORTATION
PLANNING ACTIVITIES IN ALASKAN COMMUNITIES


Description

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities were awarded an FTA Job Access Challenge Grant to assess workfare transportation programs in three Alaska communities with high numbers of individuals on public assistance. There, three communities selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Public Assistance were chosen to represent classes of Alaskan communities: village, borough, and unified Municipality.

The three communities selected, Kodiak, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula, exhibited not only widely different sizes and government structures, but had transportation programs that were, at the time, in varying stages of establishment and evolution.

There was one major lesson learned from this study. Areas developing employment transportation services should first identify and evaluate existing transportation services before proceeding to establish separate programs dedicated to employment transportation. Pre-existing transportation programs may accommodate employment trips at lower costs.

The final report is available upon request:

Bruce E. Wells
State of Alaska Department of Transportation &
Public Facilities
Phone: (907) 465-6991
Fax: (907) 465-6984
E-mail: bruce_wells@dot.state.ak.us
Website: http://www.dot.state.ak.us

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