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Employment Transportation Strategies

Resources

The Changing American Commute (Community Transportation Magazine, Winter 2014 edition). Includes recent reports and research that confirm the growing - and transforming - role of community and public transportation in getting residents to work. This issue also covers vanpooling, sector-based transportation strategies, and updates from two Job Access Mobility Institute teams.

2014 Commuter Benefits: Implementing Commuter Benefits as Part of Best Workplaces for Commuters (Best Workplaces for Commuters, 2014). Comprehensive guide to qualified transportation fringe benefit as of January 1, 2014.

Training

Integrating Vanpools into Transit Services (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2013). On-line, self-paced training leads transit agencies in considering the benefits of offering vanpooling services alongside their other transit services, as well as first steps in doing so. Many resources are included with the training for additional learning.

Mobility Management Basics, Module 5: Transportation for Job Seekers and People with Limited Income (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2013). Self-paced, on-line training module exploring transportation issues for job seekers and low-wage workers.

Sector-Based Approaches to Meeting Workers' Transportation Needs (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2012). Webinar on partnerships between transportation providers and employers to develop solutions that provide job retention and stability for workers and employers alike.

Applying Mobility Management Approaches to Serve Job Access Needs (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2010). Archived webinar and slides on how a mobility management approach can serve the needs of the employment world's customer groups: job seekers and employees, as well as businesses and employment and training agencies.

Vanpooling: A Promising Transportation Option for Commuters with Disabilities (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2010). Webinar on ways to include workers with disabilities in vanpools.

The Commuter Tax Benefit: A Federal Incentive for Vanpool Riders and Their Employers (Community Transportation Association of America, 2010). Webinar explains how the Section 132(f) benefit works and how it can be administered and provides examples of how to support vanpooling with the 132(f) benefit. (Note: The maximum amount for the Commuter Tax Benefit is set by Congress and can change from year to year.)

Mobility Managers: Connecting Job-Seekers and Other Community Members with Transportation (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2008). Conversation with three mobility managers, two working in an urban setting and one in a rural setting, as they discuss their mobility management approach to solving transportation issues.

Websites

Joblinks Employment Transportation Center. Specializes in promoting strategies and resources for connecting individuals, particularly those with limited income, with transportation options to and from work. Sample topics:

Association for Commuter Transportation. An international trade association that supports transportation demand management professionals in their efforts to reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy and improve air quality.

Best Workplaces for Commuters. A national program that recognizes employers for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs.

Disability Employment Initiative (U.S. Department of Labor). A coordinated effort of the Employment & Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, both within the U.S. Department of Labor, that provides connections to employment supports for people with disabilities, including transportation.

Rideshare Nation. A site dedicated to news, resources, finance and discussion about connecting all forms of ride sharing into a cohesive network that builds mobility options, reduces congestion and improves the environment

Work Without Limits' Transportation webpage. Showcases best practices and resources s for the Massachusetts network of engaged employers and innovative, collaborative partners that aim to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.