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Research Project

Economic Analysis and Partnerships of the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program

The focus of this study was to develop cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit indicators for FTA’s Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program.

Principal Investigator
Thakuriah, Piyushimita (Vonu)
Research Area(s)
Funding and Financing
Policy Analysis
Funding Source
Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Community Transportation Association of America


The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program was funded by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to support transportation services for low-income people, including those transitioning from public assistance to work. This multi-year UIC project looks at program targeting of JARC funds to states and local government and indicators for outputs such as rides provided as well as outcome measures of riders in the labor market.  The scope of work includes: Indicators, data, literature review and analysis on the economic benefits of funding transportation services for low-income, low-skilled workers. Download the "Economic Analysis and Partnerships of the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program" study.