How to Buy a Vehicle—A Primer for Small Urban, Rural & Tribal Transit Operators

Federal Transit Administration (FTA); National RTAP; 2010

Abstract: Procuring vehicles can be a complex and confusing process with a variety of procurement requirements and regulations associated with transit funding sources. How to Buy a Vehicle provides information on funding opportunities, strategies for vehicle acquisition, information on acquisition procedures for different states, links to further information sources, and contact information for each state.

Toolkit for Estimating Demand for Rural Intercity Bus Services

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A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that provides some background on the model and a worked example showing how to estimate ridership on a proposed rural intercity bus route is available for download.

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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 147: Toolkit for Estimating Demand for Rural Intercity Bus Services provides a sketch-planning guide and supporting CD-ROM–based tools that can be used to forecast demand for rural intercity bus services. The tools use several methods to estimate demand, and the report describes key considerations when estimating such demand.

Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program (w/ CD Accompaniment)

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living; 2008

This publication provides information about transportation voucher programs at ten sites located throughout the United States. While the voucher programs discussed are oriented to people with disabilities, much of the information included is applicable for transportation voucher programs in general.

Rural Transportation Safety and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan: An Examination of Select State Programs and Practices

More, A., Munnich, L.; Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, University of Minnesota


This report summary examines the current state of safety planning through interviews and a comprehensive review of the newly mandated strategic highway safety plans (SHSPs) and supporting documents from six states representing different U.S. regions: Alabama, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington.

Guidebook for Rural Demand-Response Transportation: Measuring, Assessing, and Improving Performance

Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 136

Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Ellis, Elizabeth

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TCRP Report 136: Guidebook for Rural Demand-Response Transportation: Measuring,

Assessing and Improving Performance will be of interest to rural public transportation systems that provide demand-response transit (DRT) services and to the communities they serve. The Guidebook is a resource to assist DRT systems to measure, assess, and improve their performance, focusing on DRT systems in rural areas.

Rural Transit Achievements: Assessing the Outcomes of Increased Funding for Rural Passenger Services Under SAFETEA-LU

Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Results Digest 93

KFH Group; Transportation Research Board (TRB)

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This digest summarizes the results of TCRP Project J-6, Task 71. The objective of this research report is to provide useful data and information on the changes in rural public and intercity bus transportation that have resulted from the increases in funding made available through the SAFETEA-LU.

Rural Transit Assistance Program at Work—the State of the States. A 2004 Summary of Successes, Products, Services and Contracts

KFH Group, Inc.; American Public Works Association


This report presents the results from the 2002 Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) survey of state programs. This is the third formal survey of the state programs, with the previous published survey reflecting 1996 data. The survey was conducted and the results compiled in early 2003, with data supplied by state program managers reflecting FY 2002. Surveys were collected from 48 states, compared to 47 respondents in 1997 and 48 states and Puerto Rico in 1994.

Transportation Services for People with Disabilities in Rural and Small Urban Communities

Summary (Full text on CD-ROM)

August 2006

This publication provides an abbreviated summary of a final report of the same title, prepared for a contract project funded by Easter Seals Project ACTION. The full report contains exemplary programs, useful contacts and documentation of the research methodologies used during the project.