Rural Transportation Issues: Research Roadmap

Rural areas in every state experience myriad challenges related directly or indirectly to transportation. These challenges vary among and within states and in the ways transportation can be part of a solution. Air service from rural airports; access to health care; availability of emergency medical services during the Golden Hour after a crash; mobility of the elderly and people with disabilities; the movement of agricultural products to markets; human trafficking; access to high-speed electronic communications; natural disasters; passenger rail services; agency workforce recruitment and retention; and the relationship of transportation to economic development are just a few listed on public agendas. The Transportation Research Board Executive Committee’s Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review (SPPR) noted at its April 2018 meeting: Rural regional services are transportation services that fall in the middle ground between intercity bus service and rural public transportation. The concept was the topic of a NCHRP report [NCHRP Research Report 861: Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility] that addressed the role of state transit program policies and regional planning agencies in the development of rural regional services. According to the report, these services improve mobility, employment, and education opportunities; provide access to healthcare and community services; and offer connectivity to the national transportation network. Research is needed to assist state departments of transportation and other public agencies to help inform policy–driven investment decisions. The objectives of this research are to (1) identify critical rural transportation issues that can be addressed by research through NCHRP and other research programs; (2) produce a research roadmap; and (3) submit, by November 1, 2018, at least five problem statements drawn from the research roadmap that are appropriate for consideration for NCHRP funding in the FY 2020 program.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $140000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-122

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Montana State University, Bozeman

    P.O Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sullivan, Jaime

  • Start Date: 20181009
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672250
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-122
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 3:03PM