The purpose of this Northwest Georgia Regional Vanpool Study is to determine the feasibility of a vanpool program capable of linking long distance commuters from similar origins to similar destinations throughout the 15-county region. If a vanpool program is determined feasible, the study will identify a preferred vanpool operating model that best meets the needs of commuters within the study area and presents the most significant opportunities for expanded access to employment for residents residing within rural communities in the study area. This study will support the mission to seek innovative approaches to the economic advancement and prosperity of rural GA.
WHAT IS VANPOOLING?
A vanpool is like a carpool, but with more people who are coming to the same workplace from the same community and riding together in a van. Vanpools typically carry from five to fifteen passengers, and operate weekdays, traveling between one or two common pick-up locations and the place of work.
WHERE IS THE STUDY AREA?
The study area includes the cities and local jurisdictions that are located in the fifteen-county region that makes up the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and Georgia Economic Development Region 1.
WHO ARE THE USERS?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Access new job opportunities
Save time and effort spent driving
Split the commute costs with fellow poolers
Reduce gas and personal vehicle maintenance expenses
Use the HOV lanes
Reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions
Make friends and enjoy a more social commute
WHAT WILL THIS STUDY DO?
Determine feasibility for vanpool transportation in Northwest Georgia
Analyze best locations for pick up/drop off
Interview employers and evaluate benefits of public-private partnerships
Research funding sources and the process for creating a vanpool service
JANUARY - FEBRUARY:
FEBRUARY - APRIL:
APRIL - JUNE:
Project Initiation & Existing Conditions Assessment
Public & Stakeholder Outreach
Plan Development & Recommendations
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED?
Take the online survey!
Contact your employer to share information!