A Methodology for Determining Rural Public Transportation Needs in Virginia

Report No: 73-R37

Published in 1974

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The need for rural public transportation is coming into focus, although-Its magnitude is unknown because of limited data. This study was initiated to develop an efficient and economical methodology for determining the transportation needs of the rural population. A case study was conducted in one rural county so that any potential problems could be identified on at least a partially factual basis. The methodology developed for the survey utilizes a simple home-Interview questionnaire, volunteer interview personnel, and a sampling process based on aerial photographs. In the case study, a comparison of the trips made by families with transportation (two or more vehicles) to those without transportation revealed there were many people in Madison County, Virginia, who could not take advantage of available opportunities and services because of the lack of transportation.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.

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R. N. Robertson

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