Title

FROM RURAL SINGLE-COUNTY TO MULTICOUNTY REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEMS: BENEFITS OF CONSOLIDATION

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2003

Subject Area

land use - planning, economics - benefits, place - rural

Keywords

Rural transit, Regional transit systems, Regional planning, Recommendations, Project planning, Programming (Planning), North Carolina, Legislative support, Legislation, Implementation, Consolidations, Case studies, Best practices, Barriers to implementation

Abstract

A research study developed recommendations for activities to consolidate single-county rural public transportation systems into regional multicounty transit systems in North Carolina. The study identified opportunities from regionalization of public transit services, examined barriers to integration and consolidation of transit systems regionally, evaluated best practices from case study sites, and made recommendations for programmatic and legislative changes to facilitate the implementation of regional transit systems in both metropolitan and rural areas of the state. Emphasis is on the rural component of the study, in summarizing regionalization issues and recommendations for the consolidation of rural single-county into multicounty transit systems. Consolidation of rural public transportation systems into regional entities is another step in further coordinating public transportation services in the state. However, there is a public transportation system now operating in all 100 North Carolina counties. Therefore, the thrust of regionalization will be to consolidate existing rural transportation systems into regional entities. There are key programmatic and legislative aspects of interest to state departments of transportation, transportation planners, and policymakers. Case studies also gathered information from associated state department of transportation staff, to include both the state and local perspectives on regional rural transportation systems.