Transportation

Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.

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Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #20

October 20, 2009 in Blog

Vanpool fares would only need to rise about 50 percent to make vanpools self sufficient. On the other hand, Sound Transit’s bus fares would need to rise about 259 percent, and nearly 200 percent for the Sounder Commuter rail, to break even.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #19

October 19, 2009 in Blog


Between
2002 and 2007, the public paid about $1.26 for every vanpool passenger trip
made in the Puget Sound region. In comparison, the public paid $5.13 for every
passenger trip on a Sound Transit bus and $10.66 for every passenger trip made
on the Sounder Commuter rail.

Vanpools most cost effective intercity transit mode

October 19, 2009 in Blog

This spring, WPC began studying the performance of vanpools as an effective, intercity mode of public transit. Here are the first two studies in WPC's four-part series on vanpools.

Part I: The Vanpool Solution, A faster, cheaper and easier way to commute (video)
Part II: Introduction & Background
Part III: Analysis of vanpool performance and market potential (To be released this week)
Part IV: Recommendations (To be released later this month)

Our research indicates that not only are vanpools the most cost effective intercity transit solution, but users pay most of the cost. This formula suggests vanpools should be expanded. Our last report contains a set of recommendations that will include the following:

  1. Saturate vanpool market before expanding other intercity modes
  2. Phase in 100% cost recovery in 5-10 years
  3. Standardize policies and pricing among the six agencies in the region
  4. Conduct feasibility study on governance
  5. Keep federal 5307 money earned by vanpools within the vanpool program
  6. Increase public awareness, via VMAP recommendations

Stay tuned as we continue to release further research on Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region: The case for expanding vanpool programs to move the most people for the least cost

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #18

October 18, 2009 in Blog


Taxpayers pay about 80 percent of
operating costs for light rail, buses and commuter rail, while users only cover
20 percent. In King County, vanpool passengers pay about 82 percent of
operating costs for the vanpool program, while taxpayers only have to fund the
remaining 18 percent.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #17

October 17, 2009 in Blog


When
accounting for ridership and distance traveled, vanpools cost between three and
five times less to operate than light rail, buses or commuter rail.

Vanpools Offer Attractive and Cost Effective Option to Commuters

October 17, 2009 in Publications

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #16

October 16, 2009 in Blog


Vanpools
are very inexpensive to operate. In between 2000 and 2007, the six regional
vanpool agencies spent $114 million to serve 837 million passenger miles. This
means operating costs were only .14 cents per mile.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #15

October 15, 2009 in Blog


In
the seven years between 2000 and 2007, the six vanpool agencies in the Puget
Sound area spent $50 million in capital infrastructure. This is 18 times less
than the same six bus agencies, 12 times less than Sound Transit’s Express bus
system and 20 times less than the Sounder Commuter Rail.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #14

October 14, 2009 in Blog

Puget
Sound area vanpools are 2½ times more efficient than Sound Transit’s Express
bus program.

WPC reaches Arkansas

October 14, 2009 in Blog

Arkansas State Representative Mark Martin has adapted our 5 Principles to a Responsible Transportation Policy to fit his state. You can read his blog here: Off the Marble

Notice how easy it was for him to transition our material to fit Arkansas. It shows how pervasive the problems in transportation planning have become.