This paper presents a rural transportation costs model which was developed while determining potential future demand for UMTA capital and operating assistance in rural areas. The model is designed to account for all costs incurred in the operation of a rural transit system, with considerations given to regional location, firm size and public/private ownership characteristics. The bulk of the data used to develop this model came from the Section 147 Demonstration funded by FHWA and UMTA. By combining the cost information and the information available on operating characteristics, a standardized cost per vehicle mile can be calculated for a given vehicle type. Several conclusions regarding costs are noteworthy: 1) Total operation costs per vehicle mile are highest in the Northeast and Pacific coast states. 2) In rural transit operations, the bulk of the total system costs are directly attributable to drivers' wages, overhead costs, and vehicle capital costs. 3) Economics of scale are not obvious in rural transportation operations. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 15-20
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation in rural and suburban areas
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  • Accession Number: 00178737
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026903
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1982 12:00AM