Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SB-41. Microtransit Solutions in Rural Communities: On-Demand Alternatives to Dial-A-Ride Services and Unproductive Coverage Routes

With the advent of on-demand technology, microtransit has provided a cost-effective immediate-fulfillment, shared-ride transportation service for the general public in areas where and/or when fixed-route service is not viable. Microtransit services are provided directly with dedicated vehicles operated by transit agencies or their contractors, including paratransit contractors or the new crop of on-demand technology vendors, as well as by non-dedicated service providers (NDSPs) such as taxis and/or TNCs, or a combination thereof. Research on state of the practice for microtransit in rural areas is needed for agencies to plan and operate/administrate service in their communities that better meets rider needs. The successes can serve as a guide to those transit agencies in rural communities who are contemplating introducing microtransit to less dense areas. Despite all the attention and research of microtransit, this is the one aspect of microtransit that has lacked adequate research. The objective of this synthesis is to document the current state of practice of transit agencies that have implemented microtransit in less-dense settings.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SB-41

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Griswold, Emily

  • Start Date: 20230913
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01884763
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SB-41
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2023 7:17PM