ERIC Number: ED287651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Financing and Sustaining Mobility Programs in Rural Areas: A Manual. Final Report.
Wallin, Theodore A.; Kidder, Alice
This manual focuses on the start-up and operation of low-cost transportation in rural areas. A principal focus is the use of volunteers and/or the consolidation of rides through a brokerage program. Chapter One provides an overview of what financial and operating decisions must be made to design a volunteer system. Chapter Two describes easy methods for determining need for service and discusses needs assessment and demand estimation relative to the issues of passenger willingness to pay. Chapter Three addresses the service levels to be offered by a program and offers suggestions on formulas for estimating cash and other resource costs of service level choice. Chapter Four considers choices about organization and reviews the costs of starting a low-cost system based upon surveys completed by Syracuse University (New York). Chapter Five outlines budgeting for day-to-day operations. Chapter Six examines the sources of volunteers and financial support to sustain low-cost systems. Chapter Seven reviews the five most frequently asked questions about financing and sustaining volunteer systems. An appendix profiles 20 case study programs in 12 states, describing service areas, numbers of vehicles and volunteers, budgets, type of service, and sources of cash. An annotated bibliography cites 58 references. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Mass Transportation Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for Office of Service and Management Demonstrations Urban Mass Transportation Administration.