This is a final report of a two-year policy-oriented, interdisciplinary study of the long-range trends affecting small towns in non-metropolitan areas, the effects of transportation availability and systems on their viability and vitality, and their needs and problems related to transportation. The study concludes that the role and functions of rural small communities are changing as America becomes a "post-industrial: society. The majority of small towns were found to be viable as a human habitat offering a quality of life desirable to many Americans, but vulnerable over the long term to structural changes in society and the economy which may result from rising energy costs or energy shortages. Lack of mobility (local transportation alternatives) for those who lack access to an automobile was identified as the most severe Transportation problem for small towns at present. The study also concluded that rural areas need special consideration in formulating national energy policy, transportation policy, and welfare policy. The research project is categorized as Technology Assessment. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    George Washington Transportation Research Institute. Center for Intelligent Systems Research

  • Authors:
    • Coates, V
    • Weiss, E
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 76 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TST-76-81 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-30122
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1981 12:00AM