Manual for Planning and Constructing a Small, Rural, or Tribal Transit Facility

There are limited resources and guidance for frontier, small, rural, and tribal transit providers that want to build small-scale, low-cost transit facilities. Currently, providers must rely on manuals directed at larger multi-million-dollar facilities and attempt to retain the pertinent information while eliminating unnecessary information or requirements.  Many frontier, small, rural, or tribal transit managers and relevant state department of transportation (DOT) staff could benefit from resources customized to help them oversee construction projects. Guidance is needed on (1) when to write multiple invitations for bid (IFBs) or try and hire one contractor for all work, (2) what federal regulations and requirements may apply, (3) what the requirements are for repurposed buildings or new construction, and (4) whether facilities need to be connected to available water, sewer, and power or if it should be a self-contained facility with its own well, septic, and propane. This guidance will assist small transit providers with initiating and managing construction projects. The objective of this research is to develop a manual and toolkit that would assist frontier, small, rural, or tribal transit agencies with the strategies and tools they need to manage the planning and construction of a low-cost transit facility (e.g., for vehicle storage and administration, depots, maintenance garages, park and ride facilities, transit stations).


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project D-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Start Date: 20240416
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01866947
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project D-23
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2022 9:34AM