EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. CARPOOLING SEMINAR

The seminar which was convened to answer specific questions related to particular situations encountered by attendees, and to aggregate commonalities between systems with regard to approaches taken and methods evolved, was formated in 5 sessions. The first session covered the recent history of carpooling (with emphasis on current activities and vehicle utilization factors), and institutions and funding. In this session, several specific common points were brought out particularly those related to the Los Angeles experience. The session (2nd) on relationships with employers emphasized that employer cooperation in carpooling is the greatest single contributor to the success of the program. Car/Bus pooling and local transit policy (the subject of the 3rd session) was discussed with specific reference to the Knoxville experience. The session concluded that the long-range success of transit depends on the effectiveness of the Transit Authority in: making the public aware of the capabilities of traditional transit, realizing the limitations to effectiveness of traditional carpooling, encouraging new modes and ownership of public transportation, recognizing the need for park-and-ride lots, and eliminating the resistance of public-spirited groups. The session (4th) on promotion and incentives agreed that it is important to secure early involvement of the local media representatives, employers and government agencies, and that a practice of credit sharing will benefit all parties. A wide array of promotional techniques were discussed and a general procedure was outlined. Evaluation was the subject of the fifth session which covered common points related to evaluation of program effectiveness. The potential of carpooling (near-term and future), community support, and selling the program were some aspects covered. The final (6th) session was devoted to summation and the review of the following topics: maintaining communications with and between company carpooling program managers; dealing with media in the area of promotion and incentives; and liability problems encountered in vanpooling.

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  • Accession Number: 00126284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM