The ability to predict the demand for rural intra-county public transportation has become increasingly more important in recent years. In this study an attempt was made to predict the future intra-county public transportation ridership demand in rural Nebraska. Existing and historical transit operating and socioeconomic and demographic data were collected for the counties and cities in Nebraska that have rural transportation services. This information was used to develop a series of equations for predicting the future ridership demand in rural areas with or without existing public transportation services. The results of the study showed that the existing intra-county public transportation systems in rural Nebraska are providing sufficient services to meet the present demand in most rural areas. However, a moderate expansion of some of these systems would enhance the quality of the existing services, and it would provide services in some areas which currently do not have a public transportation system. A list of recommended expansions are presented in this report. The study also recommended new public transportation systems for some counties which currently do not have any transit services. The study concluded that if the new and expanded services which are recommended in this study are provided and the present level of support for existing services are continued, the present and future intra-county public transportation needs (1995 to 2015) in rural Nebraska will be sufficiently met. Of course, this conclusion is based on the assumption that there will be no dramatic changes in demographics and socioeconomic characteristics of rural Nebraska in the next twenty years. It is also assumed that the present level of support to existing transit systems will be adjusted for inflation and vehicle replacement costs in the future, as will be required.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Nebraska, Omaha

    Department of Civil Engineering, 6001 Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE  United States  68182-0178

    Nebraska Department of Roads

    1500 Highway 2, P.O. Box 94759
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68509

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Moussavi, M
    • Albeck, J
    • Al-Turk, M
  • Publication Date: 1995-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 159 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720113
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-NE-94-1, Proj No. SPR-PL-1(31)
  • Created Date: Apr 10 1996 12:00AM