RURAL RIDES. A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR STARTING AND OPERATING A RURAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Guidelines for planning, implementing, and operating a rural public transportation system are presented. Selection of personnel and vehicles, routing and scheduling, maintenance, accountability, economics, insurance, sources of funding, and potential problems are discussed. It is noted that public transportation is lacking in rural areas, and that the elderly, handicapped, poor, isolated, unemployed, and otherwise disadvantaged rural residents are in more critical need of public transportation than their urban counterparts. Rural transportation systems tend to be initiated to transport people to needed social services, such as senior citizen centers, educational programs, job training programs, and health facilities. While individual agencies tend to acquire a few vehicles for transporting clients to and from services, a coordinated system would be more efficient in terms of manpower, fuel, and vehicles. Responsibility for routing and scheduling should be retained by the manager. Local senior citizen groups, businesses, and social service agencies should be consulted regarding needs. Possible problems with communication, resistance to coordination, and excessive bureaucratization are noted.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with National Council for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Rio Grande, NJ.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Farmers Home Administration

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  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00327456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USDA/PA-1215
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 2003 12:00AM