Alternative transportation systems for rural areas which use either existing vehicles or the purchase of new vehicles with a wide range of operating and capital costs are examined. Systems requiring new equipment include: A demand responsive system; fixed route system; feeder system; subscription service system; rural family transportation system; and institutional commuter vans. Systems using existing vehicles include: Neighbor compensation system (the owner of a vehicle shares rides with a neighbor who does not have access to a vehicle); volunteer driver and vehicle system; leased personal vehicles; social service provider system; group trips (charger service); intercity bus system (would provide transportation on a fixed-route and fixed-schedule basis within a rural regional setting); and a combined school bus system. The authors conclude that having some form of public transportation available, people who were previously restricted in their travel opportunities would be able to make trips to obtain education and employment to increase their income, and would have more freedom to travel because they would no longer be dependent on other individuals for transportation.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 5-7
  • Monograph Title: Innovations in Transportation System Planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163923
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025982
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1981 12:00AM