Analysis Of Employment Transportation And New Freedom Programs: Trends And Outcomes

The purpose of this study was to analyze and evaluate outcomes experienced by users of the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program and the New Freedom (NF) program of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Principal Investigator(s):

Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah


Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah
Siim Sööt
Lei Tang
Shashi Menchu
William Vassilakis
Caitlin Cottrill
Nebiyou Tilahun




The objectives from this study were to survey users of such programs and program managers administering the programs; to understand partnerships and coordination efforts necessary for the programs from the perspective of lead agencies and partner organizations involved in Coordinated Public Transportation Human Services Transportation Plans (HSTP).


By means of a primary (survey-based) data collection effort from 24 locations across the country:

1) Understand the sociodemographics, needs and outcomes experienced by users of JARC transit (fixed route and demand-response) services, travel training programs, auto ownership programs and car-sharing programs.
2) Learn about the mobility needs and outcomes experienced by persons with disabilities using New Freedom transit services and travel training programs.
3) Obtain information from JARC and NF program managers about program costs, usage patterns, operating and financial partnerships and operations.
4) Collect data on the HSTP process and perceived importance of this process for service implementation, from the perspective of lead organizations and partner organizations involved in HSTP.

Expected Results or Products:

Final reports and web-based information about the programs are not currently available.


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