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Rural Transportation


New FTA Circular. Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Program Guidance and Application Instructions (Federal Transit Administration, 2014). A reissuance of guidance for the Sect. 5311 grant program that incorporates provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Evolution of Intelligent Transportation Systems for Mobility Management and Coordination Serving California’s Rural Frontier (Federal Transit Administration, 2012). Documents the evolution, development, and lessons learned while attempting to identify, modify, and deploy ITS and advanced technology tools to facilitate coordination of public transit and social (human) service transportation and mobility management in a “one stop shop” located in Modoc County, California.

Innovative Rural Transit Services (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Synthesis No. 94, 2011). Examines transit’s response (including rural intercity bus service) to changing rural community transportation needs. The synthesis placed an emphasis on innovative and/or entrepreneurial spirit, the innovator, and the conditions required for innovation.

Toolkit for Rural Community Coordinated Transportation Services (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. 101, 2004). Examines strategies and practices used to coordinate rural transportation services and identifies model processes used for local coordination efforts in rural communities.

Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Rural Public Transportation (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. R-34, 1998). Examines the economic impacts of selected rural public transportation services at the local level through case studies, and estimates the national economic impact of rural public transportation on an average annual per county basis.


Rural Vanpooling: Highlights from Three Communities Webinar. (Community Transportation Association of America, 2010). Archived webinar that looks at how vanpooling can provide a flexible, cost-effective solution for smaller, more widely dispersed communities.


Community Transportation Association of America, “rural technical assistance program” webpage. A U.S. Department of Agriculture–funded program that provides technical assistance to rural communities throughout the United States in developing transportation services.

Community Transportation Association of America,“tribal technical assistance program” webpage. A U.S. Department of Agriculture–funded program that provides technical assistance to tribal nations throughout the United States in developing transportation services.

National Rural Transit Assistance Program. An FTA program dedicated to creating rural transit solutions through technical assistance, partner collaboration and training.

RPO America (Rural Planning Organizations of America). A program affiliate of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the NADO Research Foundation that provides resources to the rural transportation and explores matters related to rural transportation planning and development.

Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (North Dakota State University). Provides transit stakeholders with support in accessing the latest technology and operation and management paradigms, in order to increase the mobility of small urban and rural residents through improved public transportation.

Rural Institute (University of Montana). Conducts research to identify and develop transportation options for rural communities and provides technical assistance in implementing those options.

Rural Assistance Center. A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Initiative, the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.