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CT Fall 2008 Cover: Rural Issue

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  • An Association's Work in Rural Transportation (PDF)(820 KB)
    Because CTAA was founded to support rural transportation and rural communities, much of the Association's varied technical assistance work has taken place directly in rural America. We have helped plan and develop rural systems and provided the necessary capital through our lending services for new facilities, equipment and to match federal funds.


  • Here, There and Everywhere: The Rural Transit Network Evolves to Meet Growing Demand (PDF)(227 KB)
    by Scott Bogren
    In 1978, after a three-year demonstration of the need for a federal transit program to increase the mobility of rural Americans, today's rural public transit program was launched. Thirty years later, the nation's network of rural public transit operators has grown and advanced beyond what many would have thought possible, serving more Americans every year and making vital connections to health care, employment, social services and so much more. Rural public transit has clearly evolved from a demonstration to a professional public mobility service that has positively impacted the lives of millions of Americans.


  • The CT Interview: Congressman James Oberstar (PDF)(93 KB)
    Jim Oberstar began representing Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District in Congress in 1975, and is now in his 17th term, the longest service in the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Minnesota. He is now the Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and is a well-known champion of public and community transportation. The committee has jurisdiction over America's surface transportation; freight and passenger rail; the inland waterway system, including the St. Lawrence Seaway; international maritime commerce; the Economic Development Administration; the U.S. Corps of Engineers' support of the nation's water resources; and the federal clean water program.


  • The State DOT Roundtable (PDF)(159 KB)
    CT Editor Scott Bogren conducted a group interview with three state department of transportation officials who deal with rural public transit. What follows is their wide-ranging conversation about a myriad of rural transit issues and opportunities.


  • Building Connections, Free Fares in South Carolina (PDF)(470 KB)
    by Susan B. Richards
    At a time when transit systems across the country are raising fares and cutting service in an attempt to cope with gas price increases, TriCounty Link, has expanded service and is offering FREE rides. The Link, a rural system based in Moncks Corner, S.C., is providing the free rides as part of a 90-day introductory period for its three new Commuter Solution routes implemented in September. The commuter routes pick up customers from park-and-ride locations in the rural areas of Berkeley and Dorchester counties and transport them to where they can connect with the urban system express bus service.


  • The Spirit of Rural Transit: Alive in Delmarva (PDF)(291 KB)
    by Jane Hardin
    Delmarva Community Services and its transit division, Delmarva Community Transit, take their name from the peninsula where they are located, the Delmarva Peninsula, made-up of counties from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, and is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The service area consists mostly of farmland and narrow necks of marshy land and islands where high tides often cover the road. Fishing, farming, and tourism are the area's leading industries. In recent years, many food processing plants have closed, taking away industrial jobs, and the region's economy has shifted to a service economy with fewer job opportunities. Meanwhile, tourists and second-home buyers including many retirees are attracted to the area's picturesque villages along the sea coasts and inland waterways.


  • Vanpools: A Viable Option in Rural Regions (PDF)(586 KB)
    by Amy Conrick
    The longevity and success of Ben Franklin Transit's vanpool program is in part due to the agency's belief that meeting customer needs is its number one priority. This article highlights a regional vanpool program that has been in operation for 25 years, concentrating on how it has grown as area commuting needs changed. Also discussed is Ben Franklin's innovative approach to working with the business community to provide a comprehensive and affordable transportation option for commuters in this rural community, while taking best advantage of various funding options to support services.


  • From Stream to Sky: Creating New Mobility Options in Montana (PDF)(925 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    The Gallatin County region of southwestern Montana understands itself as a fitting representation of its state's trademark of Big Sky county. The recently-launched services of Streamline, serving the Bozeman area, and Skyline, connecting the region's Big Sky resort locations, are hallmarks of that mindset. Both systems provide free service across a series of routes that are drawing scores of riders who previously had no access to transit options. Moreover, the very look and feel of the systems' brands are confirming to the community that good mobility is only limited by vision, and it's a vision that is, unsurprisingly, limitless.

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