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Regional Coordination Project for Lake, Mineral and Sanders Counties

Started: June, 2013 Ended: December, 2013 Project ID #4W4463 Status: Completed

Objective

The objective of this research was to assess public transportation (transit) providers and specialized transportation providers’ cooperation, coordination, and cooperation efforts in Lake, Mineral, and Sanders Counties in Montana.

Abstract

Frontier areas of Montana face many challenges, including transportation within, and to small communities (towns), as well as transportation to larger communities. People living and traveling in frontier areas need reliable transportation for a variety of purposes, including employment and educational opportunities, as well as for medical, recreation and other “life” purposes. Lake, Mineral, and Sanders Counties in western Montana generally fit into the definition of a rural area and have similar transportation issues. The goal of this technical assistance project, which was conducted by the Western Transportation Institute in cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation and other stakeholders, was to assess public transportation (transit) providers and specialized transportation providers’ cooperation, coordination, and cooperation efforts in these counties. The purpose of the assessment was to determine if there were any opportunities to increase the efficiency of the services through coordination so that more rides could be provided. The research team collected and analyzed necessary information so that coordination alternatives could be developed and considered. This included interviewing stakeholders, reviewing data, and preparing recommendations.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Sponsor

Part of: Mobility and Public Transportation

Project Tagged In: Public Transit, bus transit, regional transportation

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