Planning for Transportation in Rural Areas

Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administation

The document is intended to contribute to a better understanding about:

  • How "rural" is defined, the characteristics of the rural system, issues and trends impacting the rural system, and the benefits of a good rural transportation system.
  • How various jurisdictional levels address rural transportation planning, major rural transportation planning challenges, and some lessons to be learned on how states are addressing these challenges.
  • Questions to be answered before getting started on a rural plan, approaches for public consultation and environmental review, the basic components for rural transportation planning, and how to develop the plans.
  • How transit system planning concepts, rural intelligent transportation systems, and access management can be used as additional tools for rural transportation planners.
  • Successful rural transporation planning efforts from several states.

Filed in: Plans and Policies, Transit, Funding

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