Successful commuter programs (Tennessee Valley Authority, TVA; 3M Company, Minneapolis; Continental Oil Company, (CONCO) are described, and the institutional issues involved are discussed. Updating laws and working toward systematic resolution of institutional issues the affect ride sharing is now established. For example, states have passed new laws that classify van pools as car pools which permit churches to donate parking facilities for park and ride lots without risking their tax-exempt status, and laws that require parking garages to provide the needed height for commuter vans. The liabilities of car poolers and van poolers, the exchange of money, driver compensation, and van pool insurance are discussed. In Minnesota, commuter vans are exempted from regulation by the Public Service Commission. At present, adequate private capital to promote and capitalize on commuter ride sharing may be severely affected by regulations that limit legal operations.

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  • Publication Date: 1978

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