Sample Start-Up Budget      TRIP can be scaled to available resources....

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TRIP is a low cost, low maintenance program.  Its operations require limited staff and infrastructure because it is not required to recruit for drivers, nor is it required to train or support drivers, or schedule and arrange for rides.

Below is an estimated 1st year budget  for a  newly-organized TRIP program:

1 full-time staff position

25,000 Volunteer In-Kind

1 computer

1,500 1,500 In-Kind

TRIP program package

600 600 600


500 500 In-Kind


300 300 In-Kind

Office space

2,000 2,000 In-Kind


600 600 In-Kind


600 600 In-Kind

Accounting services

600 Volunteer In-Kind

Banking service costs

200 200 In-Kind

Mileage reimbursements

11,025 11,025 11,025


42,925 (1) 17,325 (2) 11,625 (3)

(1) The low-cost, first year budget is based on the following travel assumptions: 35 passengers and volunteers they recruit themselves; 75 miles per passenger per month for 12 months; $.35 mileage rate: total mileage reimbursement cost is $11,025.   (2) With volunteer staff and volunteered professional accounting service.  (3) With everything other than the start-up and operation package and mileage reimbursements provided by an existing agency or organization.  Even mileage reimbursement amounts can be adapted as necessary.

Suggestions for variations of service design are fully covered in the "How to Start a TRIP Service in Your Community MANUAL" that is a complete step-by-step guide to making the decisions necessary to easily organize and start a TRIP service in your community right a way.


Riverside County California

Actual Experience Data

First 8 months (1993)

Miles of service provided 65,635
Budget $26,524
Service area (sq. mi.) 7,200
Number of rides 2,791
Number of passengers 96
Number of volunteer drivers 114
Cost per 1-way trip $9.50

2009 Program Performance

Miles of service provided 1.4 million
Budget (2009) $496,095
Service area (sq. mi.) 7,200
Number of rides 100,006
Number of passengers 583
Number of volunteer drivers 700
Cost per 1-way trip $4.96


A TRIP service is can be located in any community and can be scaled to almost any resource level.......