VAN POOLING--NEW DIMENSION IN URBAN TRANSPORTATION: RESULTS FROM TWO OPERATIONAL PROGRAMS

The results are described of two experimental, commuter van-pool programs--the Tennessee Valley Authority employer-based program and the Knoxville commuter pool areawide program. The two are compared with each other and with other van-pool programs in an attempt to assess the effectiveness of van pooling on employer and community levels. Van riders and drivers for both programs were surveyed to obtain user profiles and identify the factors felt to underlie the success of the programs. The survey found van pooling to be acceptable to a wide range of individuals, both male and female, representing a broad spectrum of income and occupation. The Knoxville commuter vans pool were found to be operating at various employment centers and successfully mixing employees of different companies in the same van. The survey also found that the two programs have had different success rates in reducing the number of commuter vehicles: Each Tennessee Valley Authority van was replacing 6.1 vehicles, and each Knoxville commuter pool van was replacing 4.5 vehicles. These results are extremely important for the estimation of the reduction in energy and vehicle travel that can be achieved from van pooling and suggest that local assessment must be made with care. /Author/

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    • Wiersig, Douglas W
    • Wegmann, Frederick J
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  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 38-43
  • Monograph Title: URBAN TRANSPORT SERVICE INNOVATIONS
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  • Accession Number: 00193697
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028175
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  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM