Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems: Connecting Rural Transportation with Economic Opportunity (Arkansas)
Started: September, 2019 Ended: July, 2021 Project ID #4W7984 Status: Completed
Results & Findings
Through this project, the research team completed a feasibility study for a "Smart" transit hub in the eight-county region. As described in greater detail in the final report, the study developed recommendations for transportation programs that could be implemented over time, including hiring a regional mobility manager, exploring methods to connect more people with rides on the Western Transit System, creating a 5-year transit development plan, and piloting a new transportation program.
The objective of this project is to provide technical assistance to rural communities for transportation projects.
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation will partner with the Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM) to assist rural communities with passenger transportation projects that enhance economic development initiatives. This collaboration will encompass projects in two locations. This project will consist of a feasibility study for a "smart" transit hub in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Recorded webinar: Stakeholder Update - Transportation Needs and Potential Solutions.A project webinar conducted on September 25, 2020 updated stakeholders of transportation needs and the potential solutions identified for the collaborative implementation of rural transportation options in the study area (western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma). Three guest speakers with related experience provided insights on implementing their transportation solutions. The format provided participants with an opportunity to ask questions, provide input, and learn about a follow up workshop and survey. A recording of the two hour webinar may be found here: Link to Webinar on YouTube
Recorded webinar: Implementing New Mobility Options in the Region
View recording of webinar: https://youtu.be/WcHCRdtYeWI
Rebecca Gleason - PI
Joe McKinney - Main External Contact
Files & Documents
- Report by
Executive Summary: A "Smart" Transit Hub in Rural Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma Feasibility StudyReport by
Sponsors & Partners
- National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation Sponsor