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

The objective of this research is to prepare guidelines for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other public and private organizations involved in rural development and the provision of transportation services.  These guidelines should address a range of components, building on a variety of examples of how agencies currently implement rural and remote access and connectivity programs: (1) Reviewing existing methods to measure access and connectivity, the data available, the data required, and what is missing; (2) Achieving equity in urban versus rural investment strategies; (3) Measuring economic effects and return on investment as a function of right-sizing investment strategies; (4) Developing a systematic approach to evaluating how rural communities are impacted by current investment in transportation, including difficulty in attracting and retaining economic activity and accessing employment, education, health services, housing, and other critical social and economic services as a measure of and contribution to quality of life; and (5) Designing, maintaining, and implementing innovative funding, financing, and investment strategies; and (6) Considering and evaluating institutional relationships, applications of new and emerging technologies, and partnerships needed to respond effectively. 


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  • Status: Active
  • 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    Economic Development Research Group, Incorporated

    Boston, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Viggiano, Cecilia

  • Start Date: 20200710
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220228
  • 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