Rural Transit

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A Business Case for Improving Interregional Bus Service

Interregional bus service is the neglected stepchild of the transportation family. We need better non-auto connections between communities.

May 9, 2024 - Todd Litman

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Congress Hears Rural Transportation Challenges

A Congressional subcommittee heard testimony from rural transportation officials, transit providers, and lawmakers.

March 26, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Minnesota, Vermont Experiment With Rural Trip Planning Websites

Pilot programs in the two states aimed to make transit information more accessible for riders in rural areas, where on-demand and microtransit services make trip planning more complex.

March 13, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

A collection of screengrabs showing the uses of the Met-Go on-demand transit app.

On-Demand Microtransit Proves Itself in Rural Virginia

Two Virginia transit companies launched pilot projects for on-demand microtransit services in 2021, spurring record growth in ridership as a result.

September 5, 2023 - The Virginia Mercury

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FTA Announces $9 Million in Tribal Transit Funding

The money will be distributed among 25 tribal communities to improve key transit services.

October 13, 2022 - Federal Transit Administration

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Can On-Demand Transit Replace Traditional Buses?

For small towns and hard-to-reach areas, on-demand microtransit could offer an effective alternative to fixed-route buses.

July 19, 2022 - NPR

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How Rural Transit Systems Are Doing More With Less

With limited resources and dispersed service areas, rural transit systems are turning to technology to provide on-demand service and improve transit options for residents.

April 8, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

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Report: Rural Communities Urgently Need Safer Transportation

Despite the reputation of rural America as "drive-through country," many residents depend on walking and transit to get around.

October 14, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

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Guaranteed Transit Funding Lacking in New Infrastructure Bill

Lauded by the administration as a historic amount, the transit funding promised in the revised bill lags far behind projected needs.

August 4, 2021 - CleanTechnica

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Senate Committee Hearing Signals Possible Shift in Federal Transit Funding

Transit advocates were pleasantly surprised to hear senators address specific questions about the 80/20 split in transportation funding, transit operations, and rural transit needs.

May 3, 2021 - Transportation for America

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Public Transit Isn't Just for Big Cities

Funding cuts and uneven investment in rural areas have left millions of Americans trapped without adequate transportation.

March 4, 2021 - Institute for Policy Studies

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Rural Transit Agencies Provide a Lifeline During the Pandemic

More evidence of the essential benefits of public transit, but this time the source of the evidence is found in rural communities all over the United States, like Hugo, Oklahoma.

May 3, 2020 - Motherboard

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California's Rural Communities Want Transit, Too

Parts of California’s rural, working-class Central Valley see virtually no transportation investment, leaving many residents stranded in the heat.

July 22, 2016 - KCET Departures

The Important Role of Rural Transit

A recent report details how residents of rural areas in Minnesota use transit.

March 14, 2016 - MinnPost

Portland, Maine

Maine Partnership Connects Transportation Design and Public Health

Planners and public health professionals in Maine are working together to increase opportunities for physical activity and active transportation.

December 4, 2015 - Maine Association of Planners Front Page

Rural Transit: A Matter of Life or Death, and in Danger

Public transit that serves rural communities is no less essential to the everyday needs of their users as those systems that serve cities. So, why do some states seem so eager to cut subsidies to rural transit providers?

July 2, 2013 - Rooflines

How to Get Rural Transit Right

With nearly 40 percent of the United States’ transit-dependent population living in rural areas, it's imperative that rural transit agencies get the most out of their investments. A new report explores how some are getting it right.

May 28, 2012 - Streetsblog D.C.

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