(Center Identification Number: 77060-NCTR-NDSU01)
Public transportation plays a fundamental role in the livability of all communities. Information on transit service availability and cost is necessary to efficiently and effectively meet rural community mobility needs. Financial and operating statistics can be used by agency managers, local decision makers, state directors, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and lawmakers to assist in policy making, planning, managing operations, and evaluating performance. The Rural Transit Fact Book provides information to assist the transit industry in the United States provide efficient and effective service to rural communities.
The intent of the Rural Transit Fact Book is to serve as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. This publication includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial and operating statistics for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. In addition to national level data, statistics are presented by state, FTA region, tribe, and mode, as well as other agency characteristics.
The rural transit data presented in this report were obtained from the Rural National Transit Database (NTD). The 2011 edition of the Rural Transit Fact Book was the first published by SURTC and included Rural NTD data for 2007-2009. The 2012 edition updated the original Fact Book with the addition of 2010 data, and this publication, the 2013 edition, includes 2011 data from the Rural NTD as well as additional data from the American Housing Survey and the National Household Travel Survey.
SURTC is not responsible for the accuracy of the data reported to the Rural NTD. Over time, it is expected that the quality of data contained in the Rural NTD will improve in terms of completeness and accuracy as the FTA raises data concerns with states who in turn receive better data from sub-recipients.
As noted, this publication presents data for transit providers receiving section 5311 Non-Urbanized Area Formula Program funding. This program provides funding to states for the purpose of supporting public transportation in rural areas with a population of less than 50,000. A number of rural transit providers also receive funding under the section 5310, Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities, program. However, nationwide data for 5310 services are not available, as providers are not required to report such data to the NTD. Therefore, rural transit providers not funded by the 5311 program but receiving funding from section 5310 are not included in this report.