Vanpooling in North Dakota: Feasibility and Operating Scenarios

It may be appropriate to reinstitute a publicly supported vanpool program in North Dakota. Having an attractive and aggressive vanpool program available for state residents could: (1) Reduce fuel consumption for commuting in North Dakota, (2) Reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality, (3) Increase the viability of rural communities that provide workers for distant employers, (4) Increase the pool of available workers for employers, (5) Reduce commuting costs for North Dakota employees/increase personal income, (6) Reduce payroll tax costs/increase net income for participating employers, (7) Reduce traffic on state and local roads, and (8) Reduce parking needs at participating facilities. This study will help determine the feasibility of vanpooling in both urban and rural North Dakota. To aide in this determination, this study will: (1) Discuss typical vanpool operations and ownership options (Chapter 2), (2) Investigate funding possibilities and related incentives that might be available to help establish vanpools (Chapter 3), (3) Present information on vanpool programs that are in operation around the country (Chapter 4), (4) Determine employer receptivity concerning the initiation of a vanpool program in North Dakota (Chapter 5), (5) Present program design considerations and recommendations concerning the establishment of a publicly supported commuter vanpool program in North Dakota (Chapters 6 and 7), and (6) Identify sample materials that could be used to administer and promote a commuter vanpool program in North Dakota (Appendix B). The study will hopefully provide North Dakota commuters, employers, and government policymakers with information that will lead to more informed decisions concerning commuting and the use of vanpools to satisfy a portion of the state’s personal mobility needs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 92p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01024716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UGPTI Department Publication No. 174
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 25 2006 7:57AM