Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility, (SURTCOM)


SURTCOM is a co-host to the 2022 CUTC Summer Meeting to be held in Big Sky, MT, June 13-15, 2022  Find out more on the CUTC Summer Meeting web page.

The center, SURTCOM, combines the talents of the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, and the Urban and Regional Planning program at Eastern Washington University into an organization that can enhance mobility in small urban, rural and tribal communities and areas.

The mission of the Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility is to conduct research and provide leadership, education, workforce development and technology transfer in all transportation-related aspects of mobility for people and goods, focusing specifically on small urban, rural and tribal areas.

SURTCOM works on improving the mobility of people and goods, while also addressing focus areas such as:

  • Increase access to opportunities that promote equity in connecting regions and communities, including urban, rural and tribal communities;
  • Innovations to improve multi-modal connections, system integration and security;
  • Modal shifts;
  • Ridesharing and alternative forms of transportation;
  • Increasing active transportation modes, including walking and cycling;
  • Land use and transportation planning;
  • Smart Cities;
  • Link between health and transportation;
  • Workforce development and capacity building.
David KackDirector • Phone: 406-994-7526
  • Email:
  • Fax: 406-994-1697
  • Mailing address: Western Transportation Institute
    PO Box 174250, Bozeman, MT 59717
Jill HoughDeputy Director
  • Phone: 701-231-8082
  • Email:
  • Mailing address: Small Urban and Rural Center On Mobility
    NDSU Dept. 2880, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Margo Hill, Associate Director
  • Phone: 509-828-1269
  • Email:
  • Mailing address: Urban & Regional Planning Program
    Eastern Washington University, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.,
    Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202

Projects Completed by Western Transportation Institute

A Feasibility Study of a Driverless, Electric Para-Transit System in Rural Areas
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements Realized in Communities of Less than 10,000 people
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NADO-USDA Lebanon, Missouri Rural Transportation Feasibility Study
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NADO-USDA Deep East Texas Voucher System
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NADO-USDA Technical Assistance Project — Southwest Colorado
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements Realized in Communities of Less than 10,000
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Exploratory Research on Transportation Related Issues with Manufacturers in Small Urban, Rural, and Tribal Areas
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Projects Completed by Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

Risk Perception of Bicycle/Scooter Riders Risky Behaviors

State of Good Repair Predictive Models for Small Urban and Rural Transit System’s Rolling Stock Assets

Rural Transit Fact Book 2020
ITS Technology Usage and Feasibility in Small Urban and Rural Transit

Tribal Transit Study: Demographic Needs Indicators, Funding Needs and Livability

Rural Transit Fact Book

An Analysis of the costs and Benefits of Providing Increased Mobility to Reduce Social Isolation among America’s Aging Population

Projects Completed by Eastern Washington University

Locational Hospital Accessibility and the Role of the Federally Recognized American Indian Reservation within Washington State
Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) Community Involvement & Citizen Participation Survey for CCT Transit

Links to useful external resources.