Section 147 of the 1973 Federal-Aid Highway Act established the Rural Highway Public Transportation Demonstration Program which authorized funds to encourage the development, improvement, and use of public transportation for residents of non-urban areas, so as to improve access to employment, health care, retail centers, education, and public services. Total funding of $24.65 million for FY 1975 and 1976 permitted the selection of 102 projects from more than 500 applications. Ninety-eight of the projects have been authorized to proceed with about three -fourths in actual operation. A variety of organizational arrangements, service types, and sizes are being demonstrated. There is a significant evaluation component to the program which will provide needed information for future decisions regarding possible national programs for rural transportation. The results of the first two quarters' evaluation, although preliminary, show performance measures comparable to or better than previous rural public transportation projects. It is significant to note that over half of the initial projects studied were performing according to pre-project estimates of ridership and service. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 28-31
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation in rural and suburban areas
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  • Accession Number: 00178739
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026903
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1981 12:00AM