The Agency has collaborated with Getthere, a mobility management program, to discuss one of the biggest barriers to successful employment.
A panel discussion was held today to explore how to improve employment transportation.
Getthere Director Bill Wagner says transportation can be a great investment for employers to increase their labor pool.
Some of the options discussed are establishing van pool service that would take employees to and from work, along with creating a partnership with a transportation network company such as Uber or Lyft.
Wagner says that with the average cost of owning and operating a car coming in at $8,000 a year, it’s not always an option for people living paycheck to paycheck. “They really can’t afford a vehicle and the decision is made do I pay rent or do I pay for transportation to go to work. So by coming up with creative innovation solutions for transportation to employment, we hope to see more people improve their quality of living.”
Members of the panel discussed how BC Transit can serve those closer to the urban core, but it’s more of a challenge to find solutions for those living outside of its coverage area.
Nearly 79% of jobs and 68% of low-income households in Broome County are located near public transit.