NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Helping Commuters with Private Buses”


Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at helping commuters with private buses. Mike, many people must commute long distances to work, often because they can’t afford the higher prices of residences closer to popular locations.  But commuting either requires the worker own a vehicle, carpool, or take public transportation.  Is there another option?

Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. Of course, vehicles are expensive, carpools are not always practical, and public transportation is sometimes not available
  2. Is a problem all over the country
  3. In some metro areas we’re seeing another solution – private shuttle buses that take people to and from work
  4. Like public transit, can purchase one time tickets or packet of tickets
  5. Sometimes the shuttle is done in conjunction with a large employer
  6. Or could take workers to several stops
  7. With connectivity increasing using smartphones, may see this option increase
  8. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service