Small town residents tend to frown upon outside agencies that are empowered to manage their affairs and fear loss of identity and local control. A solution to this problem has been developed in the City of Lafayette, Indiana. The system devised allows rural towns the opportunity to have a voice in the planning and managing of public transit. By maintaing local operating boards, the population has the opportunity to tailor local transit services to their particular needs. Originally designed to for elderely transportation services, the need for public transportation became a priority. Moving the emphasis from strictly transportation servives for the elderly to public transit, the needs of more of the population were met. By establishing local operating boards, the control of the transit system would not be in the hands of one person. Each local operating board would determine their needs and meet with other local operating boards to try to establish a a public transit service that meet all needs. The objectives set by the operating boards were (1) to make affordable, cost-effective , and flexible transportation available to rural communities willing to share the responsiblities of providing service, (2) reduce the involvement of federal, state, or local government by having each community bear the cost of its gasoline and recruiting volunteer drivers, and (3) to enhance the responsiblity, participation, dignity, and sense of ownership of the public transportation users and communities served. In order for this model of public transit to succeed, it was essential that the operating boards established performed effectively and efficiently. The boards would need to select volunteer drivers, determine van schedules, promote the service, and raise funds.

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  • Accession Number: 00611546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1991 12:00AM