Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

This project supports the activities of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University. SURTC provides transit stakeholders, users, providers suppliers and agencies information and training on technology and improved management and operations to increase the mobility of small urban and rural residents through improved public transportation. Research focuses on transit coordination, ITS applications and mobility planning. An "Introduction to Public Transportation" graduate course has been developed and offered in several states via interactive video and staff help faculty integrate transit concepts and issues into their coursework. Four research studies are supported by this project: (1) study to evaluate the condition of the Transit Bus Supply Chain in the United States; (2) travel potential of rural elderly women in North Dakota; (3) small urban transit shelter prototypes; and (4) school bus routing in North Dakota.