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Resources

The Case of Tennessee Vans: A Social Business Model to Develop and Finance Community Mobility Resources (Community Transportation 2013). Presents an approach to address the challenge
of creating effective and financially sustainable mobility resources to meet the growing demand for community transportation services. The approach is based on the experimental and evolving development of Tennessee Vans and its application of a social business enterprise model to develop and finance community mobility resources.
Moving Together in the 21st Century: How Ridesharing Supports Livable Communities (Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT, 2013). Provides an update to current ridesharing options and explores technology and policy developments that make new methods of ridesharing possible . Also assesses ridesharing as a key contributing factor to supporting livable communities, and in particular its ability to reduce the need for vehicle ownership and demand for parking.

Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Synthesis No. 98, 2012). Looks at the state of the practice as well to assist transit agencies and other entities in deciding how to enhance ridesharing and public transit coordination.

Ridesharing in North America: Past, Present, and Future. (Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Univ. of California Berkeley, 2011). Looks at historical and future trends in ridesharing and factors that impact those trends.

Starting and Growing Rural Vanpool Programs: From Financing to Vehicle Procurement (Community Transportation Association of America, 2010). Covers how to develop and sustain vanpooling, with examples of how to obtain vehicles and how federal, state, and local funds and tax benefits can be packaged to support rural vanpools.

Training

Disruptive Innovations in Ridesharing (Center for Urban Transportation Research webinar, 2013). Archived webinar, with presentation by Dr. Susan Shaheen (Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley) and reactions by a panel on current trends in ridesharing, including real-time ridesharing.

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.)

Rural Vanpooling: Highlights from Three Communities Webinar. (Community Transportation Association of America, 2010). Looks at how vanpooling can provide a flexible, cost-effective solution for smaller, more widely dispersed communities.

Websites

Rideshare Nation. 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.

Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, “vanpooling” web page. Provides an on-line training (2013) for transit agencies considering integrating vanpooling into their transportation offerings, as well as profiles of vanpooling programs and resources.

Ridesharing Institute. Site with links to resources, news, and events on ridesharing.