In this study, the results of a national survey of rural transit agencies on the topic of technology are presented. Data collected by the survey were joined with that in the Rural National Transit Database (Rural NTD) to provide a more complete picture of rural transit agencies and their current use of technology. These data were used to identify the factors that impact the adoption of individual transit technologies by rural transit agencies using discrete choice modeling techniques. The results of the analysis have implications for rural transit policy and practice.
Transit agencies serving rural areas provide a vital link for many Americans. These organizations are the product of the communities they serve with demographics, geography, and economics dictating the services they provide and how they can be best delivered. Rural transit is about more than transporting people. It requires a commitment to safety and continual innovation to increase efficiency so that…
This publication is designed to provide rural decision-makers with a resource for balancing competing goals while creating more vibrant, sustainable communities. It is intended to show how smart growth approaches can be adapted and applied in the rural context, particularly in times of change. Following a brief discussion of key issues facing different types of rural communities and how smart growth is perceived in rural environments, the majority of this publication addresses how to put smart growth into practice in rural communities. This third section of this publication is framed around three key goals, which can help a community pursue its vision for accommodating and attracting sensible growth in the future, while maintaining and enhancing its rural character and quality of life.