NORTHWEST GEORGIA

REGIONAL VANPOOL

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.

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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

PROJECT SCHEDULE

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?

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Take the online survey!

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