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CommuteInfo Partners August 2011. A Strategic Approach to Addressing the Job Access Issue. A Presentation From Two Perspectives. Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Vera Krofcheck Accessible Transportation and Workforce Interagency Cooperative, Kathy Stefani. Background & Focus.

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CommuteInfo Partners

August 2011

A Strategic Approach to

Addressing the Job Access Issue

a presentation from two perspectives
A PresentationFrom Two Perspectives
  • Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Vera Krofcheck
  • Accessible Transportation and Workforce Interagency Cooperative, Kathy Stefani
background focus
Background & Focus
  • Why Gap Analysis?
  • Coordinated Transportation Plan Update  Federal requirement
  • Less JARC & New Freedom Funds  Need to make smarter investments
  • Changes in PAAC services  Jobs that are no longer accessible by public transit
  • What was Done?
  • GIS analysis of bus routes and job sites  Assessment of disconnect
  • Focus on specific industries  Entry-level jobs
  • Focus on specific locations  Different issues – Different solutions
  • What is Missing?
  • People  Trip origin aspect
  • Region Allegheny County only
  • Asset-based understanding of locations Ideas for solutions
big picture
Big Picture
  • Maps
  • Job locations  by size, by industry
  • Bus routes  .25 mile buffer
  • Disconnected sites  by geographic regions in county
  • Statistics
  • # and % of disconnected jobs and disconnected employers  by regions & by industries
  • Combined statistics per municipality  High priority areas
getting smarter about the gaps
Getting SmarterAbout the Gaps
  • Through ATWIC-Led Analyses
    • 2011 TRWIB Study of Allegheny County Employment Sites and Transit Connectivity
    • 2011 ATWIC Online Transportation Gaps Survey
    • 2010 SPC Report on Environmental Justice
  • Through Agency Engagement
    • ATWIC’s Accessible Transportation Task Force
    • Scheduled to meet 4 times between now and June 30, 2012
      • Sept 20th, Dec 13th, Feb 23rd, May 24th
    • Opportunity for more in-depth involvement through participation in an Ad-Hoc Working Group: Employment Sites/Transit Service Disconnections in Allegheny County
so what we need to know to get started
SO…What We Need toKnow to Get Started
  • Job Location
  • Types of Jobs Available
    • Education/skills required
    • Starting wages
    • Work schedules
    • Potential for advancement
  • Transportation Access to a Job Location
    • How do current workers get to/from a given workplace?
    • Is there a need for other job access options?
based on trwib study
Based on TRWIB Study
  • Job Location
    • Moon & Robinson Townships – 11,617 jobs/530 businesses
  • Pine, McCandless, Ross, and Marshall Townships – 20,663 jobs/1,452 businesses
  • Monroeville – 7,522 jobs/325 businesses
  • Types of Jobs Available
    • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services – 2,943 jobs
    • Healthcare and Social Assistance – 3,867 jobs
    • Retail Trade – 2,974 jobs
    • Accommodations and Food Service – 2,494 jobs
    • Transportation Access to a Job Location
    • Transit disconnect, BUT IS THIS REALLY A PROBLEM?
    • If a problem, WHAT IS THE BEST SOLUTION?
missing mile services in operation
‘Missing Mile’Services in Operation
  • Airport Corridor Transportation Association
    • For access to jobs; free service; 5-7 days/week
    • RideACTA – Routes 24, 29, 28X – IKEA to businesses in Robinson Town Center
  • RideACTA – West Busway to Penn Center West Building Five
  • ACCESS Transportation Services
    • For eligible & registered people with disabilities; $2.25 one way; 7 days/week
    • Connections – Throughout Allegheny County
    • Heritage Community Initiatives
    • For access to jobs; free service; 6 days/week; requires program registration
    • WorkLink - Clairton, East Pittsburgh, Glassport, McKeesport, North Versailles, Port Vue
    • Major Job-Related Sites: Jefferson & McKeesport hospitals, CCAC West Mifflin, Wal-Mart, Westinghouse Human Service Center
finding the best solutions
Finding theBest Solutions
  • Work collaboratively, sharing expertise and experiences.
  • Consider ALL transportation options - whether it’s driving, car- or vanpooling, public transit, biking, or walking.
  • Develop a ‘menu’ of access options for areas where there are jobs in need of workers.