Access to Jobs, Economic Opportunities, and Education in Rural Areas

Populations across the country are shifting, creating a need for stronger connections to rural areas. These connections might be rural-to-rural or rural-to-urban. Population shifts have created challenges for employers in rural areas and their ability to expand and recruit additional employees. Moreover, jobs in our urban areas are not paying adequately, and increasing access for populations in rural areas to jobs in rural communities is important to their success. Transit plays a necessary role in traditional and non-traditional models in helping to solve this employment shortage. The objective of this research is to identify specific needs in rural communities, including employment, education and transportation, and explore the range of new relationships and partnerships needed to improve access, not only to jobs and education, but also to other necessary community services. While many jobs, education institutions and medical facilities will be located in metropolitan regions, major employers supporting economic prosperity will also be located in suburban and rural areas. Commuting patterns will become increasingly regional, requiring transit agencies to develop new services to connect employees across jurisdictional boundaries. New local routes, regional commuter services and rural routes facilitating access to employment will support sustainability and growth to regional and statewide economies. This process represents a paradigm shift away from looking at jurisdictional–based planning, looking instead at larger geographic area needs or travel sheds to meet those needs.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-131

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Start Date: 20190603
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190603
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707716
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-131
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2019 3:17PM