Small Urban & Rural Livability Center (SURLC)
Started: October, 2013 End Date: September, 2018 Project ID #4W4660 Status: Ongoing
The objective of this project was to create a University Transportation Center charged with conducting research and providing leadership, education, workforce development and technology transfer on the transportation aspects of livability, focused on small urban and rural areas.
Livability is often thought of as an issue for large urban areas. Much of the national discussion on livability has revolved around light rail, transit-oriented design, highdensity housing, and other elements with a distinctly metropolitan focus. Finding creative ways to connect underserved populations to essential services must also be researched and promoted in small urban and rural areas. However, many of the metropolitan principles of livability (such as light rail or trolley services) are not directly transferable to small urban and rural areas. Also, livability in small urban and rural areas can vary significantly depending on population growth patterns and local context. This project created the Small Urban and Rural Livability Center. Its purpose is to conduct research and provide leadership, education, workforce development and technology transfer in all aspects of livability, focusing specifically on small urban and rural areas. The Center is a federally designated University Transportation Center, under the USDOT’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), designed to foster livable communities through policies and investments that expand transportation choices, access, and services. View the website for SURLC at www.surlc.org
David Kack - PI
Sponsors & Partners
- Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) Sponsor
- Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Partner