Rural Transit Fleet Mix and Vehicle Size Decision Trees

The objectives of this research are to develop decision trees and a brief guide to support state DOTs and rural public transit providers as they decide what vehicles (size, capacity, and mix) will best serve their communities. A series of case studies and a review of effective practices should inform the development of the decision trees and guide. This research can provide significant benefits for transit offices of state DOTs and their transit providers and will help answer the following pressing industry questions: (1) What types of vehicles are procured in different regions? What are the reasons for those procurements? (2) How do federal public transportation and health care-related policies affect vehicle procurement decisions? (3) What are the costs associated with those procurements? (4) What are the sources for funding those procurements, particularly local matching funds? (5)What challenges do rural agencies face in securing financial commitments from local sources that directly impact a purchase decision? (6) How are demographic changes in the populations from which drivers and riders are drawn affecting vehicle procurement decisions? (7) What lessons are learned from this process? (8) What vehicles are appropriate for the required services? (9) What mix of vehicles is appropriate for any given agency?


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-144

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Brooks, Mike

  • Start Date: 20231113
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739629
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-144
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 20 2020 9:02AM