ERIC Number: ED180730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Rural Rides--A Practical Handbook for Starting and Operating A Rural Public Transportation System. Program Aid Number 1215.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. Farmers Home Administration.
The transportation needs of the 30% of the population living in rural America, particularly those of the elderly, handicapped, poor, isolated, young, carless, and unemployed, are more critical than the needs of their counterparts in urban areas because of the lack of rural public transportation. Yet, only about 1% of the capitol federal investment and annual operating moneys spent on public transportation are allocated to help meet rural needs. Creating and running a public transportation system in a rural area can be a fairly simple job if the guidelines outlined in this handbook are followed. Basic decisions required are: defining the geographic area to be served; identifying the area's priority transportation needs and available resources; agreeing on the public/private ownership mix; specifying the jurisdiction and authority of the sponsor; deciding on the best type of system to meet local needs; and determining if an outside consultant is needed. The most important ingredients are a strong local sponsor and a good manager. Other aspects to consider include personnel, vehicles, routing and scheduling, maintenance, accountability, economic viability, insurance, and funding. More than 93 federal-level programs can fund transportation systems, components, or rides for eligible persons. Pitfalls to avoid include resistance to coordination; a "do-nothing" approach while searching for the "perfect" formula; poor communication; aloofness from the public; and organizational "traps". (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. Farmers Home Administration.
Note: Prepared in cooperation with the National Council for the Transportation Disadvantaged