Accomplishments Of A Van Transportation Vehicle Delivery System In A Medium Sized Community

Since 1990, the Knoxville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has worked in cooperation with the statewide Tennessee Vans program to develop a van transportation program in the Knoxville MPO region. The Tennessee Vans program provides vehicles for lease and/or purchase by commuter groups, employers, public agencies and private non-profit community organizations. Tennessee Vans facilitates and supports organizations and groups in the community with their transportation efforts. Participating clients must agree in advance to use vehicles in programs and service applications which support the ability of people to access employment and needed services. The vehicle costs and associated administrative expenses for Tennessee Vans are recovered from program participants through fees charged for the lease or purchase of vehicles. These generated funds are in turn used to purchase vehicles to replace older vehicles or add more vehicles to the fleet. During the past ten years, the Tennessee Vans fleet has grown to over 500 vehicles being placed across the state with over 300 organizations. Over 100 of these Tennessee Vans vehicles are currently located in the Knoxville urban area operated by 80 organizations providing job training, daycare and senior care programs, youth development services, etc. Summary statistics indicates the vans in the Knoxville area serve about 1270 different individuals and provide 650,000 annual trips. The Tennessee vans program provides air quality and fuel conservation benefits, if current mobility levels are to be maintained, by reducing the amount of vehicle miles of travel in the Knoxville area. The cost recovery strategy for Tennessee Vans is an innovative approach to maintaining the viability and longevity of the program. The initial seed grants are provided by local governments, such as the Knoxville MPO, with the stipulation and expectation that Tennessee Vans will recover vehicle and administrative costs to the highest extent possible. Tennessee Vans strives to constrain administrative expenses, minimize financial losses, and maximize vehicle cost recovery. Revenues received from program participants are used to purchase replacement vehicles. The paper will discuss the administration, utilization, importance and financing of this innovative vehicle procurement concept.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: Eighth National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, September 18-20, 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 8 2007 3:07PM