ERIC Number: ED316358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Reconnecting Rural America. Report on Rural Intercity Passenger Transportation.
Stommes, Eileen S.
This report summarizes the results of three regional symposia held during 1987-88 to gather grassroots information about rural passenger transportation needs across the country. The first section describes the structural transformation of rural America in the 1980s: (1) the rural economy; (2) rural population trends; (3) impact of information technology on rural areas; (4) rural passenger traits and travel trends; (5) passenger transportation industry shifts; (6) effects of transportation deregulation on rural service by railroads, airlines, and intercity bus companies; and (7) cumulative impact of deregulation on the viability of rural communities. The second section discusses new roles for government and the private sector in maintaining rural mobility, and examines 21 examples of how rural intercity passenger transportation needs can be met. From these examples emerges the concept of a connected rural transportation system, with local providers feeding into an intercity route network. The last section identifies essential components of a national strategy to reconnect rural areas of America: public and private cooperation, mobilization of support, community participation, defined government roles, linking of services, market research and development, diversification of funding sources, resource management, and identification and elimination of barriers. Appendices contain 3 maps; 24 tables; details of the symposium process; goals, constraints, and strategies outlined at each symposium; and planning committee members and speakers. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Transportation (USDA), Washington, DC.