Urban-Rural Classification: Identifying a System Suitable for Transit

A geographic classification system to guide transit policy in small urban and rural areas does not exist, nor does a classification system of rural transit services. As the need and resources available for small urban and rural transit services are increasing, these deficiencies are becoming ever more significant. The general case, where program development and resource allocation depends on appropriate classification, appears to apply to small urban and rural transit policy. In this paper existing urban-rural classifications are evaluated to determine their ability to appropriately delineate differences among geographic areas as they relate to personal mobility need and transportation service availability with emphasis placed on the definitional boundary between urban, small urban, and rural areas. In the absence of a suitable existing classification system, a new system is constructed, applied, and evaluated.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01124328
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 20 2009 3:12PM