This paper evaluates the Carpool Coordinator Demonstration Project undertaken by the New York State Department of Transportation under contract to the New York State Energy Office. The Carpool Coordinator is a company employee who actively forms carpools among employees using manual and personalized techniques and who is available to resolve ridesharing problems as well as promote carpooling. Using six state agencies in the Albany, N.Y. area, a quasi-experimental design is employed to test the effectiveness of the concept, and to control for carpool formation which would normally occur in the face of rising gasoline prices and restrictions of supply. "Before" and "after" surveys in the six agencies were conducted in October 1978 and again in October 1979. The results show that in test agencies the carpool coordinators increased ridesharing substantially (10 percentage points) while ridesharing among control agencies rose 3.5 percentage points over the same period of time. Thus the coordinator project was able to effect an increase of 6.5 percentage points because of its activities. Approximately 195,000 gallons of gasoline were conserved by new carpoolers in all six agencies, an average of 283 gallons of gasoline per year per carpooler. Of this, 101,000 gallons is attributable to the carpool coordinator program. The direct cost of the project in the three agencies was $26,000 producing an overall benefit/cost ratio of 3.9. Evaluation shows that by concentrating initially on employees commuting the longest, in terms of distance and time, benefits to employees can rapidly exceed program costs.

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  • Accession Number: 00331075
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Prel Res No. 171
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM