First U.S. Van Pool — Big Success

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Assoc. Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 11, Pg. 76-78

Document Type: Feature article


In l972, a 3M company traffic engineer came up with a way to relieve traffic congestion at company headquarters: van pools. The program is employee supported and run. 3M buys the vans and provides administrative support for the program, but employees drive, maintain vans and collect fares. The program now has 125 vans and 1300 riders: 15% of the 3M Center workforce. Even more important, it was a first and has been a catalyst for other U.S. firms to develop pools. Is it worth the effort? 3M saved between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000 in parking facility construction alone. Article also has an overview of pooling and a case history of a municipal-run pool in Baltimore.

Subject Headings: Traffic congestion | Employees | Vehicles | Parking facilities | Case studies | Fares | Construction management | Local government | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

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