Trains, planes, automobiles; to some in urban settings, dependable transportation is a choice, not a concern. However, in rural settings, the availability of transportation is often limited if provided at all. Reliable transportation is critical to helping rural communities and community members remain healthy and productive, it is what binds communities together and supports economic growth. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that 89% of rural residents live within the coverage area of intercity air, bus, ferry, or rail transportation (2010).
Rural residents need to receive medical care, get to work, access child care, purchase food and household items, attend school events, and access many other services just as their urban counterparts. Frequent accessibility is restricted or limited because of the distance to those services or opportunities, and the lack of public and private transportation. Oftentimes, special needs that can be alleviated through medical facilities, social service agencies, and educational programs are forgone because of the distance to be traveled.
Transportation is also a pivotal factor in determining whether the disabled and aged populations are able to remain in their homes and their communities. Enhancing transportation opportunities for a rural community can improve economic growth and community development that will ensure quality of life for residents in rural environments.
For funding, planning, and technical assistance
regarding transportation projects:
Charles A. Rutkowski, Assistant Director
Community Transportation of Association of America
Telephone: 800.891.0590 x719
CTAA Technical Assistance Specialist
We Ride Technical Assistance Resources
Offers a list of technical assistance agencies.
For assistance in finding local transportation
programs and services:
VirtualCAP Community Action State Association Directory
National Community Action
Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP State
There are more organizations related to Transportation in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/19/2013