Six articles cover public policy issues, identify research needs in rural road transportation, suggest methodologies and report results of completed studies in rural road utilization. Jerry E. Fruin cites reductions in the real value of revenues for rural roads and highways and suggests three solutions: road abandonment, ad valorem fuel tax, and improved management. William Easter and Harald Jensen review the demand and cost estimation of transportation, especially as applied to older rural Americans. Malcolm Kirby, Peter Wong, and Wallace Cox describe and apply an optimizing network model for planning and analyzing transportation investments and, in an application to a timberwood product problem, showed a large efficiency gain over manual computations. Marc Johnson develops a surprisingly simple technique of benefit measurement for five types of incremental rural road improvement projects. From a court centralization experience in Michigan, Joseph Broder shows that centralization of services (bringing people to services) resulted in increased costs or reduced services to rural residents as compared to the services being distributed in local communities. Norman Walzer and Ralph Stablein review the condition of locally maintained roads and bridges in a region in Illinois, estimate costs to bring them up to standards acceptable to local officials, and discuss financial problems that may be encountered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Economics, Statistics and Cooperatives Service

    Cooperative Marketing and Purchasing Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20250
  • Authors:
    • Bunker, A R
    • Hutchinson, T Q
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

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  • Pagination: 63 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ESCS-74
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM