Back-to-work-transportation-toolkit

Job Seekers

Back-to-Work Tools for Job Seekers and Currently Employed  Workers

This page is designed for job seekers or currently employed workers looking for alternative transportation options to get to training, education, job interviews, job sites, and related destinations, such as child care services.

  • Use this assessment tool to guide you in creating a clear picture of where you need to go, when, and how. (Combine the results of your assessment with those of others to get a broader picture of transportation needs in your region.)
  • After you complete the assessment, use the links below to explore transportation options in your community that may be an answer for you.
  • Find your local public transportation agency and other transportation services.
  • Need help finding transportation services? Contact us; we may have ideas for you!
  • Would a bike help you get to work? If you have a safe path to work, think about cycling. Don’t have a bike? Many cities have a bikeshare program.
  • Your community may be able to match you with others who want to carpool. (Since there’s no national listing of these programs, try searching the Internet for a local “ridesharing” or “carpooling” or “vanpooling” program in your area.)
  • Need a car? Look here for a listing of vehicle loan and donation programs.
  • Looking for options to help you afford transportation? Most public transit agencies offer discounted fares to people with disabilities and riders over age 65, and others extend discounts to students, military veterans, and low-wage earners. Use this chart to see if these discounts are available in your community or ask your local transit agency.
  • Here’s a nifty tool to help your family budget for transportation costs.
  • If you find the transportation services that would work best for you don’t yet exist in your community, consider joining force with others to identify what those services could look like.  You can do this by
  • Communicating your transportation needs, as well as your vision for job access transportation.
  • Learning whether there is a local group already tackling these transportation issues and taking part in the discussion.
  • Lending a hand in starting a local group, if there isn’t one already in existence.

Others—such as workforce development agencies, businesses, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and transportation experts—may already be working on solutions. Learn more from their perspective in this Back-to-Work toolkit.

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