Demand-Response vs. Modified Fixed-Route Service for Small Communities

This project will study the effectiveness of demand-response transportation versus fixed-route transportation in two rural communities that are similar in geographic area, size, and population. Both communities have a small, intact central business district surrounded by a less densely-populated rural area. This study will compare the return on investment for each mode of service in reference to cost per mile, cost per trip, and cost per hour. The results of these six-month demonstrations will enable decision makers in small communities faced with the need to provide greater public transit services to make more informed choices on how to provide those services.