Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 20. Analysis of Rural Intercity Bus Strategy

Rural states face challenges when prioritizing investment in rural intercity travel connections. There is lack of analysis and information on benefits for the state and communities regarding the various ways to make intercity connections. It is not clear what to aim for to gain the maximum benefit of investment in rural intercity bus service. There is a lack of information about who today needs intercity bus service, which traveler is most effectively served and what model of service works best. It is unclear how to determine whether more robust regional and inter-community connections within state and bordering economies should be emphasized or is it more effective to support a longer distance connection even though less convenient for regional needs. Information is needed to inform states on where to invest to build the highest valued intercity connections, rural connections and a robust rural intercity bus network. Also, data on traveler demographics, types of origin/destinations, frequency, related to rural travel is needed. The objectives of this research are: (1) To conduct a sample of states intercity bus providers and onboard survey. The survey should provide information on the current intercity rural service network, describing miles, demographics of ridership and origin/destination of riders. (2) Develop an organized matrix of the information revealed from the surveys. The matrix should inform states on how to best make an investment given their scenario/rural conditions and service network. (3) Develop a methodology to estimate the value of filling the broken connections of service using the information on current service to inform on those areas where service is currently not available. Would adding services to fill gaps create meaningful access for rural travel or does the service benefit travelers going through state. Provide on information on how far rural passengers wish to travel when they use intercity bus?


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics

    555 12th Street
    Suite 1600
    Oakland, CA  USA  94607
  • Principal Investigators:

    Knapp, Sue

  • Start Date: 20080402
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090301
  • Source Data: RiP Project 19773

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464337
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:40PM