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One of the goals of this edition of DigitalCT was to re-locate the spirit and the set of values that guided the founding of rural public transportation - and in many ways the Community Transportation Association of America. This publication is our humble attempt to corral those ideals as they once existed, remind you about them and (hopefully) provide an appropriate emphasis under which we all recommit to them, because they remain as true and essential today as they were then.


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From the Editors

Rich Sampson and Scott Bogren

Watch Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren and Editor Rich Sampson's welcome to this edition of DigitalCT magazine.

The Commentary

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The easiest way to rekindle the values and spirit of the original rural public transportation systems and leadership is to remember the passengers. Those successful trips and the outcomes those trips create is the point of rural public transportation.

The Dawn of Rural Transit

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There are many mileposts along the way to the beginnings of rural public transportation. The idea that government should be somehow involved in funding public transportation services in rural areas, especially for persons who had some difficulties in obtaining, accessing, or paying for their own transportation, is more recent.

Rural Transit's Greatest Generation

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The rural public transportation network we see today - approximately 1,800 providers serving 2,400 rural counties and providing nearly 160 million annual trips - was launched by a generation of leaders nearly a half century ago who somehow looked beyond the obvious challenges and issues involved in serving rural America and instead focused most simply on getting things done.

Central Virginia's JAUNT


In the nearly four decades of service since its 1975 inception, JAUNT has carried more than six million passengers through Virginia's breathtaking Shenandoah Valley all the while honing its customer-focused, innovative approach to mobility.

Grays Harbor Transit

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On the dawn of its 40th anniversary, the Grays Harbor Transit Authority (GHTA) finds many common elements with the pioneering days of its inception while also incorporating a variety of options to meet shifting demands across the 2,224-square mile county. From fixed-route service in the county’s largest city to a vanpool program extending beyond the county limits, the system continues to build on its legacy as a pioneer of mobility options in the Pacific Northwest.

State Funding Snapshot

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It's not been a good decade for surface transportation on the federal front since SAFETEA-LU was signed into law in 2005. States have picked up on this. Between 2012 and 2014, no fewer than 12 states - either through voter or legislative action - decided to increase surface transportation investment.

Transit Mergers - An Emerging Rural Transit Trend

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The fundamental issue involving transit mergers and consolidations is one of intention: is a potentially unified service being proposed in order to offer more cohesive service with improved options or merely a shell game to slash jobs and reduce funding commitments? That motivation - along with the ability of the community and its leaders to participate in the process – makes all the difference.

Making the Case for Membership

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We are constantly evolving, updating and creating products and services based both on feedback from our members and our experienced staff's insights on the community and public transportation field. It's our goal to not only respond to changes in the industry, but to get ahead of them.


Richard Sampson
Communications Specialist
Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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