WASHINGTON, DC – The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) in Louisville, Kentucky has been awarded a 2013 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for their Vanpooling Services program.
NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies to strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcase organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery, and special initiatives. Award winners received national recognition at the 2013 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference, April 24 – 26 in Greenville, South Carolina.
In August 2001, the new Vanpooling Services program was formed which partnered KIPDA’s rideshare program, Ticket to Ride (TTR), and Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the local transit agency. Once the vanpools hit the road, commuters realized how much they were saving on fuel costs and the wear and tear on their personal vehicles. As of May 2012, the fleet consisted of 102 vehicles and the program has become a successful business model grabbing the attention of other regions.
According to NADO President John Leonard, Executive Director of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission in Valdosta, Georgia: “The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards highlight the important results of programs and projects like the Vanpooling Services. Such initiatives are central to fostering quality of place and facilitating economic vitality in our nation’s communities by promoting effective transportation networks.”
For more information about the award-winning project, contact the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) at (502) 266-6084.