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Ride share program interests regional workforce planners

The Workforce Transportation Committee of the Albemarle Rural Planning Organization on July 13 expressed interest in utilizing a ride share program in the northeastern counties, Angela Welsh, ARPO director, reported.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car representative Fred Black told committee members about Traffix, a van pool that currently shuttles workers residing in Virginia to and from the U.S. Coast Guard base at Elizabeth City.

Enterprise has 350 such van pools running in North Carolina at present, Black said.

“All committee members felt the Enterprise ride share program is very promising,” Welsh stated, “and we intend to continue discussions with them and hopefully be able to utilize their ride share program throughout our 10 counties.”

Enterprise conducts the required mapping (finding “clusters” of employees based on their addresses) and provides the driver agreement between Enterprise and the driver, which places accident liability on Enterprise, Welsh explained.