Analysis of the Intercity Travel Network Creating Small Urban and Rural Communities
Started: July, 2015 End Date: June, 2017 Project ID #4W5669 Status: Ongoing
Results & Findings
The final report provides an analysis of the number of rural and small urban communities that have access to intercity bus services. Nationally, a majority of intercity bus stops are located in rural areas, with 28 of the 48 contiguous states having 80% of their intercity bus stops located in a rural area. However, the intercity services are not reaching a majority of smaller rural communities. In 42 states, only 10% of communities with a population of 1 to 4,999 people had an intercity bus stop. Furthermore, Arizona and Nevada were the only two states in which 30% or more of these small communities had access to intercity bus service (had an intercity bus stop in their community).
The objective of this project is to provide an analysis of the number of rural and small communities across the United States that have access to intercity bus service.
Many people in rural and small urban communities have limited transportation options to travel to large, urban areas. This project will analyze demographics in each of the forty-eight contiguous states, and provide an analysis of the number of rural and small communities that have access to intercity bus service. Based on the results, further projects or analysis may be necessary to determine issues in specific states, or to determine overall (national) issues. For this project, "small urban" is a city with a population between 50,000 and 200,000 people, and "rural" means a city/town with a population between 1 and 49,999.
David Kack - PI
Dawn Tucker-Thomas - Main External Contact
Files & Documents
- Report by
Sponsors & Partners
- U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Sponsor