TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: THE URBAN AND RURAL INTERFACE AND TRANSIT NEEDS OF THE RURAL ELDERLY

The three objectives of the report are: (1) To identify and assess rural transportation problems, especially those affecting the elderly; (2) to identify specific problems and actions taken during the planning and implementation phases of a seven county rural transportation system in southeastern Iowa; and (3) to suggest research questions that could be addressed to evolve more comprehensive and effective transportation planning programs. The following are observations emphasized by the authors: (1) Planning needs should be as coordinated and comprehensive as possible at the regional (rural-urban) scale; (2) planning may not require extensive surveys to initiate a satisfactory system; (3) door-to-door service is required for most elderly; (4) the process should involve users, transportation operators, political leaders, and social agencies; (5) promotion of the system is critical and should emphasize identity with and use of the system through memberships, reasonable fares, and availability of all trip types for both elderly and non-elderly; (6) some level of continued funds from state, county or Federal sources should be assured prior to implementation; and (7) extensive monitoring and evaluation of demonstration systems need to be undertaken to facilitate planning of future systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    Institute of Urban and Regional Research
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • MCKELVEY, D J
    • Dueker, K J
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IA-11-0002-74-2
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2003 12:00AM