[fcb-l] Fw: Tappy Grams: October 2010
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Tappy Grams: October 2010
Special Topical Feature: Employment Transportation and Coordination
Introduction from Carolyn Jeskey
Joblinks Employment Transportation Center Director
Community Transportation Association of America
What keeps us inspired at the Joblinks Employment Transportation Center is that one day we will see that transportation is always the link, and never the barrier, to accessing training, a job, child care or other needed destinations. Many resources in this collection highlight the creativity and responsiveness of local employment transportation practitioners - community success stories that feed our spirit and help us spread a shared message. Other publications included here are those we keep on our bookshelves to ground our work. Additional resources can be found on the Community Transportation Association's Joblinks Center website.
Featured Resources from the Joblinks Employment Transportation Center
a.. Workforce Development, Business, and Transportation
Three Partners, One Goal: Connecting People to Jobs
This brief highlights the ways that one-stop career centers, workforce investment boards, businesses and transportation providers can work to deliver transportation information and services to job seekers and employees. Case studies from the Heart of Texas Workforce Board, Capital Area Michigan Works!, and the Door County (Wisc.) Job Center are included.
a.. Transportation to Work: A Toolkit for the Business Community
This online resource offers companies information on how to build simple, cost-effective transportation programs that are good for their employees, their businesses, and the environment. The Toolkit's online format provides information on a variety of topics such as tax incentives, shared ride programs, support for a diverse workforce, green transportation, and vanpool options.
a.. A Guide to the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (PDF)
This guide provides a general overview of the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program contained in SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Affordable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). For details and full program guidance on JARC, please refer to Federal Transit Administration Circular 9050.1.
a.. Profiles of Innovative Rural Vanpool Programs (PDF)
This collection of profiles describes examples of successful vanpool programs serving rural communities where creative approaches to meeting the needs of both providers and participants have been incorporated. More than 20 communities that offer vanpool programs for rural commuters are featured, with specific examples of how they have developed programs that work.
a.. Rural Rides: A Toolbox Approach to Providing Employment Transportation for Low-Income Earners and Job Seekers
This brief highlights the Rural Rides program -- a partnership among workforce development, human service, and transit agencies which provides work-related transportation for people in rural Northeast Minnesota. Also included is a model of how to incorporate mobility management into the provision of workplace development services, building partnerships to provide work-related transportation, developing individualized transportation plans for customers and the effective use of outreach and marketing.
a.. Way to Work: Helping People with Employment Transportation (PDF)
This brief highlights Way to Work, a program dedicated to enhancing the availability of transportation information, education, and resources for low-income job seekers in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Way to Work's innovative responses to meeting transportation challenges include a late night shuttle, encouraging local employers to support biking, and a partnership with Good News garage that makes affordable vehicles available to community residents who would otherwise not be able to purchase them.
a.. Joblinks Conference and Webinar Archive
This gateway provides access to past webinars on vanpooling, job access planning tools, mobility management, late night services, as well as announcements of upcoming webinars on related topics. Visit this page for slide presentations from Joblinks' most recent webinar, Introduction to Transportation Solutions.
Additional Resources on Employment Transportation and Coordination
a.. Getting to Work: A Case Study Report on Accessible Transportation Projects (PDF)
By the Center for Workers with Disabilities
A lack of reliable, accessible, and affordable transportation is consistently cited as a barrier to employment by people with disabilities. The four Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) transportation projects (Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey) profiled in this report illustrate a set of practices that address transportation needs. Although the MIG grants are not intended to provide or fund direct transportation services, state MIGs are well-positioned to use their resources to create linkages with other agencies and entities engaged in accessible transportation planning and service delivery. The four projects described in this report suggest a set of strategies and activities that can help advance accessible transportation in states and in communities.
a.. Support for Low-Income Individuals and Families: A Review of Recent GAO Work (PDF)
By the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Low-wage workers who receive training can achieve wage gains leading to self-sufficiency; however, they often face a unique set of challenges, including access to affordable, accessible transportation. To better understand how federally-funded worker training programs are addressing these challenges, GAO interviewed state and local program officials whom experts had identified as having special initiatives focused on some of these challenges. These officials noted that many low-wage workers have a range of personal challenges-such as limited English and literacy skills, childcare and transportation needs, scheduling conflicts, and financial constraints-that made participating in training difficult.
a.. Connecting People to Employment and Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities: An Evaluation of JARC and New Freedom Program Services Provided in 2007-2008 (PDF)
By the Federal Transit Administration
This study was undertaken by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in accordance with the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA), whereby FTA is required to "establish performance goals to define the level of performance" and to "establish performance indicators to be used in measuring relevant outputs, service levels, and outcomes" for each of its programs. It provides information on the number of jobs that can be accessed and the number of rides provided by JARC services, as well as on the number of rides provided by New Freedom funded services. The report also includes detailed profiles of services funded under both programs.
a.. A Case Study of Job Access and Reverse Commute Programs in the Chicago, Kansas City, and San Francisco Metropolitan Regions (PDF)
By J.S. Onésimo Sandoval, Eric Petersen, and Kim L. Hunt
Published in the National Center for Transit Research's Journal of Public Transportation, v12, n4
The 1996 federal welfare-to-work legislation generated significant debate regarding what role public transportation should play in facilitating lower welfare rates. Given this debate, transportation has been called the "to" component of welfare-to-work. In this paper, the authors present findings from three case studies that examine JARC programs in the Chicago, Kansas City, and San Francisco metropolitan regions.
By the U.S. Census Bureau
This interactive tool provides detailed maps showing where workers are employed and where they live, in addition to reports on age, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators. A total of 47 states are currently featured, showing data for seven years (2002 through 2008). Employment transportation collaboratives can use the OnTheMap tool to analyze job developments and travel patterns in their communities. Populated with local workforce data, this site enables local areas to access detailed maps that show where employees work and where they live. When coupled with dialogue between workforce development and transportation agencies, these maps can help communities develop and maintain responsive employment transportation services.
This month's featured website is Joblinks Encore, your portal into a virtual learning experience on how to improve people's access to jobs and job training through improved transportation options. The Encore site provides you with web-based presentations from recent Joblinks conferences, webinars, and other interactive resources. Enter any term into the search box and browse the list of presentations that address that topic. You can also "attend" the entire 2-day 2008 Employment Transportation Conference to take advantage of the conference discussions and slide presentations, all of which are fully text-searchable. In addition, the written text of each presentation is simultaneously displayed so that you can read the speakers' presentations as you watch and hear them. Supplemental materials from the conferences and webinars are also included on the Encore site.
Tappy Grams is an electronic newsletter published by the Community Transportation Association of America that describes new and timely publications on transportation-related information. Preparation and dissemination of this newsletter is an activity of the National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination, and is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. None of the opinions, analysis or conclusions herein reflects any statement or policy of the U.S. Government. Web URLs are furnished for purposes of information dissemination with no warranty of accuracy or Section 508 compliance.
"Tappy the Penguin" is the long-serving mascot of the National Transit Resource Center and is our symbol of commitment to serving the information needs of the transit and human service communities. Librarian's Desktop is a monthly feature that highlights some of the great websites used by the National Resource Center to collocate up-to-date information on human service transportation coordination, as well as internet search tips.
If you'd like to review any of these publications, you may view many of them online or contact the Association's librarian, Eileen Boswell, at boswell at ctaa.org, or (800) 527-8279, ext. 707 to arrange an alternate method of document delivery if available.
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