TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF THE RURAL POOR. APPALACHIA

A RECENT STUDY OF A PROJECT WHICH OFFERED RURAL RESIDENTS OF RALEIGH COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA FREE BUS TRANSPORTATION TO BUCKLEY, THE NEAREST CITY, FOR 19 MONTHS IS ONE OF THE FIRST ATTEMPTS TO EVALUATE SYSTEMATICALLY THE EFFECT TRANSPORTATION DEFICIENCIES HAVE ON RURAL POVERTY. THE COST OF THE FREE MINIBUS SERVICE SUPPLIED UNDER AN OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY GRANT IS COMPARED WITH ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO THE POOR. THE MINIBUS GAVE RURAL RESIDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO AVAIL TEHMSELVES OF THE MORE VARIED AND CHEAPER SHOPPING AND THE MEDICAL AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE CITY; IT DID NOT OFFER A JOURNEY-TO-WORK SERVICE. THE STUDY ESTIMATES THAT IN THE LAST YEAR OF OPERATION THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF THE SERVICE STILL EXCEEDED THE COST BY A RATIO OF 2 TO 1. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 4, No 2, PP 6-9
  • Corporate Authors:

    Appalachian Regional Commission

    1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20235
  • Publication Date: 1970-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 26 1971 12:00AM